It takes a lot of passion to run a bar, something that comes naturally to sports lovers no matter what games you follow. Bringing that same level of passion with you to work is what makes a good job, great, and a sports bar the place you want to be when the games are on. I sat down with Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill owner, Rainer Wieland, recently to learn more about his passion for sports and the beers he chooses when he’s watching them at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill.
Which sports do you follow?
Ice Hockey is my favorite sport to follow. It’s fast pace and low scoring with a lot of action that really keeps the games exciting.
What beer do you choose while watching hockey?
My go-to beer is Lagunitas IPA© because of its strong flavor, so you can nurse a few beers during long games and never loose focus on the plays. I’ve also recently become a bigger fan of Guiness© after returning from the Ireland trip I took with Jon (Greeley’s other owner).
I know you were born in East Berlin in Germany. Do you follow any German teams?
Soccer has always been such a big sport in Germany so I like to see their soccer team play during the World Cup Series.
What sports do you participate in?
You’ll find me on my bicycle a lot. I participate in cycling events but not as a competitor. I do a lot of pub pedals with friends on my bicycle and make usually plan a stop at Greeley along the route.
When you do stop into Greeley during a pub pedal what drink do you order?
I tend to start the ride with Stiegl Radler. Stiegl is made in the Salzburg region of Austria so it has a distinctive German taste that I like, and Radler is the German word for “cyclists” so it’s custom-made for events like a pub run. It’s got a light citrus taste and is low in alcohol, which makes it a perfect starter for a long run.
As we get further into the ride I turn to India Pale Ale for their robust flavor and body.
Are there any games or events that you’re looking forward to this summer?
I’m looking forward to attending the Olympic track and field trials coming up in Eugene early next month and seeing the best runners in America compete against each other. And, always the start of a new hockey season.
What’s your favorite American team or player to watch?
The Portland Winterhawks, of course! They have exciting games and it’s always great to see Winterhawk fans come into Greeley. I also like watching the USA Women’s soccer team. They’ve really brought a lot of excitementto the game.
Join Rainer in cheering on your favorite team in front of one of the twelve TVs you’ll find at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill, and don’t forget to order up your favorite beer, too!