Evan is the founder of Beercycling and the primary tour guide in Belgium and Oregon. He is also our site photographer. In 2010, his passion for craft beer and bicycle touring took him on a 2-month, 3,200 km (2,000 mi) bicycle tour down the East Coast of the USA. Along the way, he visited 60 breweries and made the decision to share his love of beers and bikes by turning it into a business: Beercycling! Evan, along with his wife Claire, has since completed many bicycle tours, including in New Zealand, and he continues to pursue his interests in the outdoors, cycling, and, of course, discovering great beers. Beercycling has been featured in many publications and Evan is always on the lookout around the globe for tours that combine unique beers with amazing scenery. A bicycle tour with Evan as your guide is guaranteed to be a memorable one!
Favorite Beers: Hair of the Dog “Cherry Adam” (Oregon), De Dolle Brouwers “Dulle Teve” (Belgium), Firestone Walker “Wookey Jack” (California)
Henk is our lead Dutch guide for the Holland, southern Belgium, Ardennes, and Italian tours. He has completed over 25 bike tours around Europe, from Sicily to Norway, and from Scotland to Hungary. His ultimate cycling challenge was riding the famous French “Mont Ventoux” three times in one day, for which he was rewarded membership in the Club des Cinglés du Mt Ventoux (dubbed, “Fools of the Ventoux”). He discovered craft beers as a student, once owned his own beer import trading company, and is now the founder and owner of Bierevents.nl, offering organized tastings, beer-cooking workshops, and brewery tours. In 2011 he started the ONLY Dutch hop farm, where he grows four different types of US hops. Henk is a true beer ambassador who is always eager to share his experience and passion for both beer and cycling!
Favorite Beers: Orval (Belgium), Rodenbach Caractere Rouge (Beglium), Alchemist Heady Topper (US) and De Molen Hell & Damnation (Netherlands)
Claire is Beercycling’s liaison. She pitches in wherever needed and was the driving force behind the creation of Beercycling’s tour in Portland, Oregon. She enjoys biking around Portland with Evan, discovering new breweries, doing yoga, hiking, running, indoor bouldering, and exploring all the places (and beers) this world has to offer. She loves getting to know people, hearing their stories, and sharing a laugh or two over a good beer. Have a question about a tour? Don’t hesitate to contact her!
Favorite beers: Parrotdog “Bloody Dingo IRA” (New Zealand), Orval “Green” (Belgium), All Belgian lambics, fresh hop IPA’s!
Gerrit is our assistant guide on our Holland and Belgium trips. He brings his high energy, enthusiasm, and (for better or worse) his jokes to each tour he takes part in. But he is always a welcome asset, with his wealth of historical knowledge, which he loves to share by offering fun facts as we cycle around his home countries. When not on tour, he enjoys hiking in the Dutch/German forests nearby, bird watching, photography, enjoying the peace and quiet of nature (just like the monks who make some of his favorite Belgian beers), and even the occasional bike ride!
Favorite Beers: Orval (Belgium), La Chouffe Blond, (Belgium), Westmalle “Dubbel” (Belgium)