Friday August 03, 2012 | 07:30 AM

Ask any hardcore mountain biker about the best reward after a hard day on the trails and 99 percent will give the same answer: Beer.

There's nothing like a cold brew to counteract the effects of the dirt, grime, roots and concentration needed to tackle a single track. And a microbrew, produced right here in Maine, is even better.

Riders can get the best of both worlds from Aug. 10-12 during the 19th annual Mountain Biking Micro Brew Festival at Back Country Excursions in Parsonsfield. The event kicks off Friday at noon and runs through late in the day on Sunday, featuring guided rides, meals, camping, live music, bonfires and local beers.

Full festival passes cost $240 per person and include five meals, all the rides, three nights and more. There's also a budget pass for three meals, one night and half the rides for $190 per person. According to the website, beer and a lobster bake is included with all passes.

Check out this video of the Back Country experience:

The Biking Micro Brew Festival has been hugely popular for plenty of reasons. First, of course, there is the beer. Second, there are the 26 miles of trails found on a large private preserve.

There are options for any level from novice to advanced and those who want to show off other skills can check out the Rock-N-Log Palace terrain park. It's a 4,000-square-foot halfpipe complete with log chutes, stairs and a bike-able roller coaster.

Back Country Excursions was founded in 1991 by Cliff Krolick and has grown each year thanks to the hard work and volunteer efforts of those who love to ride. Check the website for info on full-day, half-day, season passes and other special rides and weekend tours.


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