Over the past few years, the Twin Cities beer scene has grown astronomically. Yet, somehow, local waistlines seem to be holding steady. How so? One potential reason could be our thriving bike scene, which offers a variety of happenings throughout the year. The Fulton Gran Fondo, a 50- or 100-mile ride that takes cyclists through the city, is one such ride with the promise of beer at the finish line. While the epic Fondo is considered a local rite of spring, so is the block party that follows. In the afternoon, the sweaty bike shorts are replaced by sweaty revelry. Fulton goes all out, with live tunes from a lineup featuring rap artist Dem Atlas, garage-rocker Monica LaPlante, and the kid-friendly Koo Koo Kanga Roo. There will be plenty of Fulton beers on tap, including a brand-new summer beer release and the High Plains Grifter Beer Cocktail by Bittercube. Red Table Meats, Get Sauced Food Truck, Natedogs, Nice Cream, Lowry Hill Meats, and others will be serving up treats as well. The bike ride requires a signup and paid ticket, but the afterparty after is free to the public and open to all ages. For more info, visit www.fultongranfondo.com.