Worthy Brewing

Dana Point Grand Prix

All Hopped Up in Dana Point

Thu, 07 May 2015 18:55:00

Worthy Hydration! (L-R) Tyler Magner (Worthy Hopped Up Rider), Champion Karl Menzies, and Ryan Aitcheson. Bull Goose working the hambone.
* Photo courtesy of 
Resul Kurtbedin
 

DANA POINT, CA. It’s been said a million times to win big you have to risk losing it all.  In bike racing, the propensity of the pack is towards prudence. Few are willing to take risks.  At Worthy, we want to reward the risk takers – the warriors who don’t sit back, but instead attack, again and again, early and often, in the moment, in search of the zone, glory, endorphins and out of body exhilaration.

This is what the Worthy Most Hopped Up Rider prize is all about – encouraging racers to bust out and go for the gold. We were not disappointed. In the nine years that I’ve been emceeing the Dana Point Grand Prix, I’ve never seen a more hopped up group of Pro Men.

From the gun, Karl Menzies (United Health Care), Tyler Magner (Hincapie), Ryan Aitcheson (Astellas), and David Santos (KHS-Maxis), attacked the 100 man field, which featured a who’s who list of world class sprinters.  They quickly opened up a lead.

Few people thought they would hold off the thirsty peloton over the next 90 minutes. Working together, they opened up and held an 18 second gap. With a few laps remaining, after two more riders joined, all camaraderie was shattered. It was every man for himself. With $12,000 cash on the line, along with the $500 Worthy Hopped Up rider cash prize and jersey, the alliance was dead.

The six man break assumed a jerky, chaotic “cat and mouse” anti-rhythm. Meanwhile, the peloton, sensing cannibalism in the break, mounted a furious chase. At the end, with the charging pack within a keg toss, the wily 38 year old veteran from Tasmania Karl Menzies outsprinted the upstart 24 year old Tyler Magner.

Who was the most Hopped Up? Who electrified the crowd the most? Who enjoyed pounding hard for its own sake the most? Now that was a hard choice. Certainly the break away riders put it all out there. All were deserving, but Tyler stood out as the hard charger with the tireless legs and indomitable spirit. Worthy ride Tyler!

What a great day. We want to thank our friends at Sierra Nevada and Karl Strauss, two outstanding craft breweries with big hearts who have been supplying the DPGP beer tents with cold frothy kegs the last five years.  All proceeds from the sale of SN Nooner and Pale and KS Red Trolley and Tower 10 were donated to the Dana Point Fifth Marine Regiment Support Group and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley.

And a big thank you to the City of Dana Point for a great day of bike racing for all ages from four and under up to age 75.  Worthy cannot wait to begin selling our hop friendly beer made with the best water in the world down in thirsty Southern California!

Cheers!

Roger Worthington

5/6/16

To see the exciting finish of the John Johnson Family Pro Men’s Criterium at the DPGP, click here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=be3sLlxS-vQ

 

Ramping.
* Photo courtesy of Christy Nicholson
 

Rock Solid! 50+ Champions, (L-R),Chris Genghis Hahn, John Walsh (Also Worthy Most Hopped Up Rider) and Mike Okano.
* photo courtesy of Dan Munson
 

All Furred Up! 40+ Champions (L-R), Dan Easter, Phil Tinsman, Big Mike Guy Who Beat Charon. Worthy Most Hopped Up awarded to hammerdawgs Easter and Tinsman.
* photo courtesy of Dan Munson
 

Pro Women’s Podie, (L-R), Samantha Schneider, Champion Erica Allar, Kendal Ryan.
* photo courtesy of Resul Kurtbedin
 

Uncorked!
* photo courtesy of Resul Kurtbedin

Worthy Hops Up SoCal

Thu, 08 May 2014 18:55:00

Dana Point, CA.  When it comes to bike races, Worthy likes the action like a good IPA: fully hopped up to the last sip.

Worthy recently ventured down into SoCal to sponsor the 8th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix, the nation’s top criterium. Under sunny blue skies, the day featured a Cycle De Mayo Street Festival, massively cute kids races, the nation’s fastest bike racers, and two beer tents: one sponsored by Karl Strauss (for the 5th Marine Support Group) and the other by Sierra Nevada (all proceeds to the DPGP non profit charity).

Although we’re not licensed yet in California, Worthy gave the Socal locals a preview of things to come. To help energize the racers — so they in turn would electrify the thirsty fans — Worthy offered up special prizes to the most combative racers, the so-called Worthy Idiot Pounder Prize (WIPP).

The “incentive” program was a smashing success. The action was as fierce as it was entertaining. Seldom did the peloton bottle up or slow down. Instead, the racers whiffed around the six turn course on the bluff overlooking the Dana Point Harbor in a single file line at full stick.

The premise behind the “Pounding Idiots” prize was that racers sometimes are prone to sit back, ball up, hide and wait to unleash the froth on the final few laps. We wanted to reward those racers who threw caution to the wind and simply attacked for the thrill of it, the podium be damned. In the mens 35 plus race, the competition for the WIPP was so fierce that our three judge panel decided that there were no idiots in need of pounding, that in fact everybody was on or over the red line, so we gave the award to four worthy racers on the same team.

Congratz to our 35+ WIPP winners: MJ Johnson, Karl Bordine, Randall Coxworth and Phil Tintsman, all of Monster Media.  They helped push up the average speed to 29 mph. In contrast, the Pro Men averaged 28 mph (granted, the pro men raced 30 minutes longer). In the pro race, we awarded the WIPP to Kyle and Brandon Gritters, two brothers who raced like ten guys, never sitting back, always attacking.

And finally congratulations to the 45+ WIPP winner, Chris Genghis Hahn, who edged out fellow hammerheads Thurlow Rogers, Brett Clare and Mike McMahon.

Thank you to all the racers, as well as all the sponsors, race organizers and volunteers, for the best DPGP ever.  All proceeds from the event were donated to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley, Dana Point 5th Marine Regiment Support Group, and the Dana Point Community Cycling Foundation.

We also want to thank the John Johnson family for sponsoring the Mens Pro Race and calling attention to the need for the VA to provide better medical treatment options to veterans poisoned by asbestos and suffering from mesothelioma.

Worthy can’t wait to work our way down into Southern California by the start of the 2015 Dana Point Grand Prix.

Go hard at what you love!

BGL

5/8/14

Check out the DPGP photo gallery at http://www.keenan-photo.com/Private-Galleries/Worthy/n-V3fmH/

Gritty Not Pritty. Kyle and Brandon Gritters pounded the pro field like ten guys.

Genghis Cracks the WIPP! Chris Genghis Hahn, 45+ WIPP winner, donning his “most combative” Worthy jersey. With cash.

Smiles for Miles. Racing hard for a worthy cause. The Johnson Family proud to sponsor the Pro Race to honor fallen hero, John Johnson.

Worthy 35+ Podium. Charon Smith repeated as fastest Master, with runner up Aaron Wimberly and hard charging Surf City teamate Kayle Leogrande in third. Who’s the poser?

A Worthy Hand Up. Plenty of takers after the race, but during? Going a bit too fast to handle the Worthy IPA six pack offering.

It’s Easy Day Kolsch Time! After hammering the Women’s pro field, winner Shelby Reynolds is thirsty for an Easy Day. Flanked by runner up Mary Maroon and bronze medalitst Angelica Frayre.

Calling All Hop Bombers!

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 18:55:00

Worthy is pleased to sponsor the 8th Annual Dana Point Grand Prix and Cycle De Mayo Street Festival, this Sunday, May 4th, in Dana Point, California.

The DPGP, with a prize list of over $32,000, will include a full day of kids races, public races, and amateur and pro criterium races.  The marquee event, the John Johnson Family Men’s Pro Race, will start at 4pm.

To “hop up” the racers, Worthy Brewing will offer a special $1,000 cash prize and jersey to the most combative rider. A three judge panel, include former Olympian Steve Hegg, race announcer extraordinaire David Towle, and our founder Roger Worthington, will choose the winner.

The panel will be looking for the same qualities in the racers that locals want in a San Diego “Hop Bomb” – over the top hop zestiness, gnarly barleyness, foamy headedness, inexhaustible bubbliness, and crowd electrifying punchiness.

Worthy is not licensed to sell beer in California, yet. We are pleased to join with friends Karl Strauss and Sierra Nevada, two outstanding breweries who have been sponsoring the DPGP the past several years. Sierra Nevada will be serving great craft beer all day in their beer camp on Turn No. 1.

Prior to the Johnson Family Pro Men’s Race,  local guitar legend KK Martin will play The Star Spangled Banner.  If you liked Jimi’s version at Woodstock on Youtube, you’ll Love Martin’s amazing showmanship live.

Worthy would like to thank the City of Dana Point for their steadfast support of the DPGP the past 8 years. Los Angeles and Orange Counties lately have become notorious for their high incidence of car-bike related fatalities, ranging from simple negligence to manslaughter.  Kudos to Dana Point for promoting bike safety and respect when too many neighboring cities seem to be turning a blind eye on the rights of cyclists.

We’d also like to thank the Johnson Family for their advocacy efforts on behalf of mesothelioma victims. John Johnson was poisoned by asbestos as a plumber, contracted meso, pursued aggressive medical treatments, fought the legal fight, but succumbed to the deadly cancer.  The Family continued the fight by helping change the rules governing depositions of in extremis plaintiffs, as well as championing efforts to create a meso treatment program for veterans at the West LA VA.

As always, Go Hard at what you love. And whenever reasonably possible: Drink Up and Dream On.

4/30/14

 

Pounding Idiots! Worthy will be handing out the Worthy Idiot Pounder Prize (WIPP) to the most hopped up rider.
 

Go to the WIPP! Calling all agromaniacs: $1000 cash, plus a jersey, plus Worthy Beer. All you have to do is attack, pound and flail in fine epic fashion.
 

Worthy Flashing the Colors.
 

Semper Fi! The Johnson Family before the start of the 2013 DPGP Pro Men’s race. John Johnson was one tough marine.