As craft beer and running culture have grown together, we’ve seen plenty examples where the two intersect: there have been running groups with their own beer, a running store with 20 taps on the premises and breweries that make a specialty brew for marathons.
But to my knowledge there’s never been an entire brewery inspired by running, until I discovered Ghost Runners Brewery, which just expanded and opened a new taproom this summer.
The Vancouver brewery founded by neighbors Jeff Seibel and Rob Ziebell combines the friends’ favorite passions: running and brewing.
Ziebell has been running for more than 20 years and has completed several marathons, including Boston. Seibel came to the sport more recently, but was hooked after competing in a muddy obstacle course of biking and running, according to a profile in The Columbian.
“Ghost running describes the mental high that is achieved through running,” the brewery’s website states. “It is the feeling that the weight of the world has been lifted, and the freedom to experience joy in the moment.”
Ghost Runners reflect that passion with a running theme in the name of every beer they brew, like 5K IPA, Hellacious Repeats Double IPA and Negative Split Stout, among others.
The brewery contains plenty of running motifs, from the shoes in the logo to medals around the taproom. Ghost Runners also hosts beer runner-friendly events like the beer mile and Fleet Feet Sports’ Pint Society, a weekly fun run starting and finishing at a local brewery.
Next up? The brewery is planning a beer olympics that will require teams of two — a drinker and a runner.