We think it’s safe to say that Harley Davidson’s 115th birthday year hasn’t been the best one yet for the brand, in terms of the media. However, the team seem to be holding high hopes for the future as they have chosen to celebrate by releasing their very own beer! The team here at bike trader, We Buy Any Bike have got together to investigate, and find out all about this beer and if/where we can get our hands on a can!
Let’s take it back a bit!
So, the whole idea first started 117 years ago when one of the founders, 21-year-old William S. Harley drafted the idea of a bicycle. Over the next 2 years, Harley teamed up with his friend Arthur Davidson to put this plan in action. 1903 soon came around, and with that came the first-ever Harley-Davidson Motorcycle for public sale. This bike was fabricated using a 3-1/8 inch bore and a 3-1/2 inch stroke, the full form itself was built in the style of a cafe racer.
In the very same year, in a little 10x15ft shed-style garage in Milwaukee, another school friend of William and Arthur, Henry Meyer bought the first-ever Harley-Davidson motorcycle!
To hear more about the history of H-D, we’ve done a whole post on it!
Harley-Davidson knows how to celebrate!
Over the years, the whole company has celebrated their birthday in many ways. In 2002 a small team of Harley riders celebrated their up and coming century year by scheduling an around-the-world ride-out to end on the actual 2003 centenary, at their HQ store in Milwaukee.
Earlier this year, in July, Harley began this year’s celebrations in Prague, which was ironically the centenary year of the Czech Republic itself. In this celebration, they created a huge festival to celebrate, including live music, stunts, and a parade of plenty of Harleys, of course. This celebration has now been made into an annual event, so click here if you fancy arranging a little holiday to Prague next year!
This brings us to the future celebrations! As it stands, on the 29th of August 2018, in Milwaukee, there will be various celebrations across the city with activities such as:
- Helicopter Rides
- H-D Carnival with tradition carnival-style activities, such as a Ferris Wheel and Bungee Slingshot
- A performance from stuntman Rhett Rotten
- Performances from a ladies-only act, Una Circus
- Globe of Death
- AC/DC Tribute Act
- A huge variety of competitions
- Street Parties
- And much, much more!
- .. there are also refreshments available… such as beer!
If by any chance you are planning a trip to Wisconsin around the time of the event, why not pop into one of these 8 Harley Davidson Dealerships?! They have some special events on for the special occasion:
- Greenfield Harley-Davidson
- Racine Harley-Davidson
- New Berlin Harley-Davidson
- Milwaukee, West Silver Spring Road Harley-Davidson
- Milwaukee, North 4th Street Harley-Davidson
- Thiensville Harley-Davidson
- Kenosha Harley-Davidson
- Oconomowoc Harley-Davidson
What about the beer?!
Evidently, this isn’t the first time that Harley has collaborated with a brewery to bring out a beer. To celebrate 115 years, the head of the popular motorcycle manufacturer teamed up with a few breweries to not only praise the works of the creations that they have made themselves but also to honour their roots in Milwaukee. The famous trio is Milwaukee based Good City Brewing, Third Space Brewing… and… Believe it or not, The Milwaukee Brewing Company!
The beer itself is actually primarily brewed to commemorate the town. Taking as much influence as they possibly can, the team blended together a roast of all the Wisconsin malts they could get their hands on, making sure they could produce a flavour that would satisfy a younger and older audience.
Where can I get it?!
Strategically speaking, you can only get it in Milwaukee, unfortunately. However, we’re pretty sure, if you keep your eyes peeled, one might pop up on eBay within the weeks following the event. The price might be a little bit steep though!
If you are taking a trip overseas, visiting a Walmart in Milwaukee (or something along those lines) wouldn’t be a bad idea. Sources tell us that the brew is likely to be on sale in supermarkets for $7.99 and $8.99. Also, if you fancy wining and dining, or going for a pint, many Milwaukee restaurants and bars will have the drink on sale there too!
Of course, there will be (probably) unlimited amounts at the event itself. If you’ve reached this far, Motorbike Writer inspired us to create this post, and they will be flying out to test ride the anniversary edition model, along with the brew itself!
Harley-Davidson in the near-future
Harley is known for their traditional release of the anniversary models. This year is no exception! The 2018 edition will feature the limited edition Ultra Glide. Featuring special anniversary limited edition paints and metals!
The default shade of the bike is named Legend Blue and the beast itself features:
- Heated Grips
- 5” Touch Screen Display (ft. Media/Navigation/Bluetooth)
- Electric Cruise Control
- Brembo Brakes
- Much more!
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