My New GrowlerWerks Growler

I finally got a chance to use my GrowlerWerks uKeg growler this weekend. I headed to our local watering spot to watch some of March Madness, have lunch and a few beers, and fill up the growler. 

I filled the uKeg growler with my favorite beer - Rhinegeist Truth. Truth is Rhinegeist's year round IPA. Rhinegeist described it as 

"Brewed with a nod to the Pacific, hops sizzle with tropical fruit aroma, grapefruit and mango notes and a dry finish."

Pretty tasty, this one. After the uKeg growler was filled, I set the pressure to 9 psi, and put the growler in the 'fridge.

I was wondering how long it would stay pressurized. I put it in on Sunday, and by the following Saturday, the pressure actually went up a few PSI to 12. Saturday afternoon, we drank all of the beer. Not surprisingly, it was delicious. 


When researching the uKeg growler, the hardest decision was deciding whether to get the 64 oz or the 128 oz. If I am buying one for only me, the 64 oz is the right size, serving up 4 tasty pints. With friends and family over, for me the 128 oz is the better one to have. I finally settled on the 64 oz.

Overall, this thing is awesome! I would recommend it to anyone wanting to keep their favorite beer on tap at home. I have had no issues so far. The beer remains pressurized, it pours well, and tastes as good as it does at your favorite pub. 

If you want to see how it works, here is a GrowlerWerks video that shows the operation of the Growler.

As always,

Get outside!


Bontrager Flare R Tail Light Review


With all of the distracted driving going on lately, I decided to upgrade the front and rear lights on my commuter bike. I have heard good things about Bontrager's Flare R and Flare RT tail lights, and how well they can be seen, so I decided to pick up a Flare R. I went to the local Trek store and bought one for $59.95. While I was there, I also purchased an Ion 800 R front light, which is covered in another review.

Some of you may ask what the difference between the Flare R and the Flare RT? The Flare RT has a built in ANT+ transceiver that allows it to be controlled remotely with one of Trek's handelbar mounted remote controls. You can also control it with your Garmin 800 series bike computer. Here is the image of the Trek remote control for those of you interested in the Flare RT:

Commuting - Getting Ready

So a few things for the week. First of all, I have been working on the site, so I haven't had much time to work on the blog. Hopefully this week I will get rolling. As far as the website goes, there are actually two parts of the website. The first is the blog and review page. As time goes on, I will be adding content to the blog, and adding reviews to the reviews page. These are products that I've purchased and tested, and want to share. The second part of the website is the Cincinnati Outdoors page, which lists outdoor events in Cincinnati. If you live in or around Cincinnati, and want to keep up with outdoor events of all kinds, this is the page to check out. I also have two Facebook pages, one at trailandbike, and one at Cincinnati Outdoors.  

I'm getting ready for the commuting season, which hopefully will start this week. I unburied my primary commuter bike from of the garage, cleaned it off, pumped up the tires, and charged the battery. Yes, this bike is an electric bike. It is a Trek 2010 Mendota modified with an E-Bikekit 500 watt rear wheel motor, a 48 volt battery, and fenders. I will cover the details of the bike in another post. I've got some serious hills to climb to get to work, and I want to arrive in sweet smelling condition. As soon as the heavy rain stops, my wheels will be rolling. 

As always,

Get outside!


Hello Everyone!

Hi all! This is my first real blog post for my new site, I started this site as a way to share stories, views, opinions, ramblings, experiences, and general musings about the subjects of hiking, biking, beer and gear. Specifically, having fun while doing, sharing, drinking and testing the aforementioned hikebikebeergear, or HBBG for short. Here is my first cut at what I like to do, and who I am. Follow me here on my blog page, or on Facebook at

Safe travels!

If you haven't noticed by now, this website is about hikes, bikes, beer and gear. If you landed here, you probably like at least one of these items. Let me go into a little more detail and explain.

Let me start out with a little personal info. I have a tech background, and by day I run a design team at a local consumer electronics company in Cincinnati.

Much of my free time is spent hiking. I like to hike, and spend time in nature. During the week, I typically walk in the evening to the local park just to get outside. I also run, but more for exercise than enjoyment. As I get older, I am finding that I would rather walk than run for exercise. I just enjoy it more. I also love to travel. I love the spending time in the mountains, and this website might be a good place to share some of those trips.

I also love to bike. I ride on the road, I commute, and I mountain bike. I'm a believer that you can never have too many bikes. I've done triathlons in the past, but that time is over. I ride for pleasure. I don't care as much as I used to about going fast - now I'm out to enjoy the ride and comradery, and just have fun.

Being a techie, I also have an affinity for gear. I have done product reviews for fitness tech products that are currently on the market for other...Read More HERE


Bike Accident Statistics - Not Good

I found this article at It looks like bike deaths by automobiles are up 12%. I don't think you will be surprised at the data. Check it out:

Why I Don’t Ride on the Road Anymore

Last weekend, I got on my cross-country bike, the one with semi-slicks, and pedaled out of my neighborhood, half intending to violate my self-imposed sidewalks-only rule so I could do laps on this big steep hill up a road called Pacific Island Drive. It was raining lightly and the streets were sopping from the previous night’s deluge, and when I got to the intersection at the bottom of the Pacific Island hill, all four lanes of the road were blocked with police tape.

There, at the base of 60-foot ponderosa pine, located across the sidewalk from the downhill lanes and in the yard of a small office building, was a compact SUV with the entire front end compressed like an accordion. No one was in it, the ambulance was gone, and now the police.....Read More Here

All Wheel Drive versus 4 Wheel Drive

I thought this was a great article on the difference between all wheel drive and 4 wheel drive vehicles. I have two 4 wheel drive cars; a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, and a Land Rover LR4. Both are awesome in the mud, snow, and off-road. If you do any serious off-road driving, you know the difference. For those of you with all wheel drive, check out the article. It explains the difference, and lets you know that sometimes, it really makes a huge difference. Here goes:



Why do Subarus work better than Jeeps in some conditions and vice versa? The answer is in the way they power their wheels. Even if all four are driven, the way power gets to them—and what that does for your driving—differs hugely. Other times, it may not differ at all. Confused? Let’s explain how this all works. 

It Starts With a Differential

When you take a turn in your car, truck, or AWD wagon-cum-SUV, the outside wheels travel farther than the inside wheels, so, they need to spin faster. To allow this speed differential, there’s a device called a....... read more here