All aboard, but don’t get behind the wheel with your beer. Let a designated Exobus driver get you there safely.
Ben Luca’s new Exobus business is hitting the road just in time to carry beer lovers to many destinations of the third annual North Bank Beer Week, a celebration of Southwest Washington brewers, breweries and brews — all the way from Seaview on the coast to Carson and White Salmon in the Columbia River Gorge. Day after day, now through Sept. 15, individual breweries will draw the world’s attention to our thriving local beer scene — releasing new brews, hosting multicourse beer-and-food-pairing meals, convening just-for-fun contests (corn hole, Bingo, beer-can-derby races) and, of course, rocking out to live music.
Events were still being added right up to press time, so check www.northbankbeerweek.com for the very latest. And, visit www.rideexo.com to check out the options for taking the 14-seat Exobus to get where you’re going.
“North Bank Beer Week is our launch, and it couldn’t be more perfect,” said Exobus mastermind Luca.
Luca is a Vancouver native and beer booster who had the opportunity to take over the Laurelwood Pub in Portland, he said, or take his expertise up to Hopworks Urban Brewery in his hometown. He chose the latter — but his experience with beer tourism in Portland also sprouted a new dream. Luca said he watched the success of Brewvana, a company that hosts regular visits and behind-the-scenes educational experiences at dozens of Portland microbreweries. But when he suggested that Brewvana take the bridge over to Vancouver too, owner Ashley Rose told him that was a bridge too far.