Ride and Imbibe

Oregon Brewery Trail: Portland, Ore.>Location: Forget open-top buses; this may be the most refreshing way to explore the Rose City and its plethora of microbreweries.

>Itinerary: In a few hours, you get to tour two microbreweries and sample the goods at three -- plus get the scoop on the best of the city?s brewpubs along the way. Don?t worry: You get to make a pit stop at Stumptown Coffee along the way.

>Inebriation: 2.5/5?depending on how quickly you chug down your brew

>Difficulty: Easy?five miles of flat surface with plenty of long stops

>Cost: $69

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Finger Lakes?Keuka Lake Wine Trail: New York>Location: The gorgeous Finger Lakes of northern New York, including the Erie Canal, historic villages, and Amish and Mennonite communities

>Itinerary: After warming up with a gentle 10-mile ride on day one, with a wine reception at the end of it, things get progressively tougher as you cycle by the Erie Canal and Canadaigua Lake on this six-day tour, clocking anywhere from 30 to 50 miles a day.

>Inebriation: 1.5/5 -- you?re mainly drinking in the evening

>Difficulty: Hard -- although hills are moderate

>Cost: $1,989 (for six days/five nights)

ClassicAdventures.com

Classic Dry Creek Valley Wine Country Bike Tour: Sonoma, Calif.>Location: Healdsburg, Sonoma County and along Dry Creek Valley

>Itinerary: A pastoral idyll of a bike trek through Dry Creek Valley, a 16-mile stretch of rolling vineyards and quiet roads, with ample opportunity to experience the area?s most popular varietal, Sauvignon Blanc. After a picnic lunch, wend your way back to Healdsburg.

>Inebriation: 4/5?higher if you don?t spit

>Difficulty: Medium?the route is close to 25 miles, but the trek bikes are easy to pedal

>Cost: $139

WineCountryBikes.com

Vermont Bike and Brewery Challenge >Location: Burlington, the Lake Champlain Bikeway

>Itinerary: Start off the way you mean to go on, with a pint at the state?s oldest brewery, before heading to Lake Champlain and the gentle Lamoille River Valley. Between beer stops at Mount Mansfield and Stowe grab a cone at the Ben & Jerry?s factory -- you can work off the carbs on the Appalachian Gap, one of the toughest climbs in the state.

>Inebriation: 3.5/5 -- if you don?t have a buzz after 15 breweries , you are doing something wrong

>Difficulty: Hard -- but there?s a van to give stragglers a lift to the next brewery

>Cost: On request

MountMajor.com

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