24 February 2011- Bend, Oregon – The Old Mill District and Cycle Pub announced that the newest way to enjoy beer in Bend, Oregon debuted last weekend at the Bend WinterFest in Bend, Oregon. The Cycle Pub, sponsored by the Old Mill District, seats 16 people who seek to enjoy two of Bend, Oregon’s top passions: cycling and microbrews. In short, Cycle Pub is a non-traditional bike where riders sit at a “bar” while pedaling around the scenic area and enjoying beverages.

Noelle Fredland, marketing director of the Old Mill District, which is one of the main sponsors for the Cycle Pub said, “To us, the Cycle Pub is quintessential Bend. It is a great fit for many of the events that happen in and around the Old Mill District, such as the Bend Brewfest, the Gran Fondo, Merrell Oyster Races and many more. We are excited to have the Cycle Pub as a featured attraction in the coming months!”

The Cycle Pub was the brain child of Bend resident James Watts, who loved the burgeoning beer culture here enough to pour his heart into this unique project. It features seating for up to 16 (12 pedaling and one comfy couch that fits non-pedalers), along with cup holders for everyone to hold the environmentally friendly, non-breakable and locally made Silipint cups. A rocking sound system that plays featured tunes to fit the mood, visitors’ own iPod playlists, or live acoustic musicians. In addition, there’s a twin-tap beer tower, beautifully finished wooden bar, convertible top, built-in ice chest and water tank, plus some great lighting.

The Cycle Pub can be booked for two or three hour pre-set tours, specialty routes or entire days to support specific events or outings. The bike can host tours of up to 16 people, and visitors can bring their own beer, wine, coffee or soda aboard, and any food or snacks to fuel the crew. Tours can be customized to accommodate families and non-beer drinkers (gasp!) as well. www.cyclepub.com

About the Old Mill District

The Old Mill District is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most distinctive and dynamic mixed-use developments. Located on 270 acres that formerly housed one of the largest sawmill operations in the world, the Old Mill District offers a rich history along with spectacular mountain views and scenic river vistas.   More than 49 retail outlets and businesses call the Old Mill District home, including such national retailers as Banana Republic, REI, Victoria’s Secret and the Gap.  In addition, the Les Schwab amphitheater is Bend’s premier music venue, accommodating up to 8,000 patrons in its park-like locale.  The Old Mill District – Bend’s most unique shopping, dining, living, entertainment and working experience.

The Old Mill District is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Many stores, including Regal Cinemas and restaurants, have extended hours. For complete information on the Old Mill District, visit www.theoldmill.com.