Ride Along Series | Beers 'n' BBQ
Tour at a glance...
Ride Along: Beer 'n' BBQ
Rob’s style of BBQ is Texas with an Aussie touch. You’ll find him cooking meat all night at the perfect temperature with his own unique blend of spices to ensure tender juicy and tasty meat. Personally, when Ben (Newy Rides) first contacted Rob and Randi with the idea for Newy Rides they offered nothing but support and a "we're here to help" attitude making Rob and Randi an integral part of the Newy Rides story and a constant source of inspiration. We're lucky to have them onboard for this one - strap in, their menu is epic.
Analee and Geoff have raised their 8 kids in their enviously unique Carrington space - when you see it, you will know what I mean. Taking cues and leaning into Carrington and Newcastle's history and current state-of-play, their brews reflect the essence of Newy - which is demonstrated by the artwork on their cans and bottles, supporting local artists when possible.
The great thing about Styx Brewing is their scale and purposely remaining small to be agile enough to make mind-blowing creations be it one of their award winning gins or a fresh beer on tap. Analee's passion for foraging local produce is clear, establishing relationships with locals and business owners to gain access to some incredible ingredients which take centre stage of many of her creations. It's not uncommon to call by Styx and be privee to a new creation in the works, with your senses in overdrive once you walk through the doors.
You will often see their small Suzuki truck pouring beers at the rugby in Merewether or the Styx logo proudly adorning the side of Paul O'Rourkes yacht in Newcastle Harbour, both Analee and Geoff are passionate about providing the absolute best product they can achieve for an adoring fanbase of local Novocastrians.
We're stoked to have them involved and know you're going to get an absolute kick out of Styx Brewery.
Ed Tonks is a retired secondary school Social Sciences teacher. For over 40 years he has been actively teaching, researching and promoting aspects of the Hunter’s heritage. Since 1990, Ed has delivered or conducted over 1000 talks and tours for service clubs, community groups and professional bodies. His “Mines and Lines”, “Bridges of the Hunter” and “Pits and Pubs” tours are well known. So too are his walks around Newcastle suburbs such as Carrington, Stockton, Wallsend and Waratah. He has also written twenty one books; four of which relate directly to the South Maitland Coalfield; three to hotels of the Hunter. Ed has also been active as an historical consultant as well as a member of a number of committees. He has been involved in a number of commemorative groups resulting in rededications or setting of plaques. In 2003 he was awarded a Centenary Medal for “documenting and disseminating local history”. During 2005 he was invited to deliver the John Turner Memorial Lecture. In conjunction with the Festival of Heritage in 2010 Ed was presented with a “Bona Perpetual” award by the Hunter Heritage Network. He has lived in Newcastle all his life. He has been married to the one woman since 1972. Ed and Julie have two daughters and three grandchildren. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours for 2019 Ed was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for “services to education and to community history.” Ben (Newy Rides) first met Ed on a rainy December morning for a walk around Carrington to get an insight into pub history of days gone by. It was an incredibly insightful morning, reinforcing why Newcastle is such an incredible place with a rich history to be extremely proud of. After a few hours with Ed you'll be feeling extremely proud to be a Novocastrian (even if it's just a temporary one for a day if you're visiting from out of town). It truly great to have Ed involved in this Ride Along event, we're very lucky to have him.
This tour is created to space out any drinks served throughout the course of the experience. All venues also serve a range of non-alcoholic options and all riders must be 18+.
It is up to each guest to know their limits. We highly encourage guests using their own bikes to utilise public transport, taxis or rideshare providers to get home after the experience - or call in a favour from a friend to pick you up. Weather This experience will 100% progress forward regardless of weather. If deemed unsafe to ride, Newy Rides, will provide alternative transport. Due to the time of year, it is imperiative that guests dress appropriately. We recommend a water-resistance and windproof jacket to remain warm and comfortable throughout. The final stop at Smokin' Hot 'n' Saucy is located outside - please dress appropriately.