Portland, OR – What started on the 24th of May with the help of Lompoc Brewing, Laughing Planet Cafes, and several other local brew pubs, appears to be building steam. Supporting the Albina Youth Opportunity School (which has existed in Portland since 1966) you are encouraged to swing into one of the above mentioned pubs and consume a pint of Lompoc's Helles on Wheels. If you need a stronger incentive you only have to pat yourself on the back knowing that $.50 from every pint goes to support AYOS.
If the name of the beer sounds familiar you aren't alone as many who attend Laughing Planet Cafe's annual Cirque du Cycling all-day bike festival (June 12th) recall this German lager.
Helles on Wheels is an easy drinking German-style pale lager that is golden straw in color with a floral aroma and a clean, crisp finish. The beer will be featured in the Lompoc Beer Garden at Cirque Du Cycling. –source, Lompoc Brewing’s Dave Fleming
However, it wasn't until an inspired Lompoc Brewmaster in Dave Fleming, (after learning of Laughing Planet Cafe's support of AYOS) that he got the brewers together to lend a hand. With the thought of making more money for AYOS over three weeks instead of the one day event (Cirque du Cycling), Dave brewed Helles on Wheels to last the predicted three weeks.
"Lompoc is big on helping neighborhood organizations, and raising funds for the AYOS seemed like a great way to give back to the North Portland community," explained Fleming. "Plus, we loved the name Helles on Wheels!." –source, Lompoc Brewing’s Dave Fleming
With the last drop scheduled on the last day June 12th, the beer isn’t going to be around for too much longer.So get out there and start drinking, it's going to a worthy cause!
Cirque du Cycling includes The Grand Central Baking Family Ride, a bike parade and the country's only two-way criterium bike race. Attendees can set up lawn chairs along the route, or watch the action while enjoying a cold Helles on Wheels at the Lompoc Beer Garden, which opens at 2 p.m. on the north end of the street. Guests will also have the opportunity to join Eat Oyster Bar for race day gumbo and mint juleps at the same location. A second beer garden will be located at the south end of the street, next to Amnesia Brewing.