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17 beer and running clubs to join in 2017

From South Carolina to Canada, find a welcoming beer run club to kick off the new year.
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If your 2017 New Year’s Resolution is exercise more, meet new people and try different craft beers, here are 17 (of many) beer and running clubs from around the country you can join. 

East Bay Beer Runners

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Location Bay Area, California
Every Tuesday night a group of 50-100 runners with varying running experience meets at a local brewery or craft beer bar, runs between 3 to 6 miles, then returns for drinks. “Over the past year we have created a network of over 1300 subscribed members and are continuously growing,” said co-founder Gabe Abastillas. Past events have taken place in Oakland (The Trappist, Beer Revolution, Drake’s Dealership), San Leandro (Drake’s Brewery, 21st Amendment), and Berkeley (Fieldwork Brewing, Triple Rock).
More info here

Alpine Dog Brewery Tuesday Run Club

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Location Denver, Colorado
Runners meet at Alpine Dog Brewery at 6:15 pm every Tuesday, with out and back routes around Cheesman Park; workouts are open to all levels of runners. Following the run, enjoy happy hour specials all night at the brewery.
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RunTOBeer

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Location Toronto and coming soon to Ottawa, Canada
Toronto’s RunTOBeer is less than 3 years old but already has 2,500 members, and is opening an Ottawa chapter in January. It has partnerships with two of North America’s five IAAF Gold Label Marathons, coorganized the international beer run at Craft Brewers Conference (with the Fishtown Beer Runners & Mikkeller Run Club), features brewery-sponsored road trips and has its own beer mile crew.
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Sloppy Moose Running Club

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Location Sacramento, California
Founded in 2013, the Sloppy Moose Running Club is a group of laid-back runners who meet at New Helvetia Brewing Co. on Thursdays for a 3-mile run followed by beers, food and laughs. Bonus: There is a dog-friendly patio out in the back.
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Big Ugly Running Posse (BURP)

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Location Chesapeake, Virginia
The Big Ugly Running Posse meets every Wednesday at Big Ugly Brewery for a 1-, 3- or 5-mile route followed by beer at the brewery.
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Fishtown Beer Runners

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Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“To the professor!” That’s how the 9-year-old beer and running club ends all of their group runs. It’s a toast to the professor who authored a research study finding that beer was better for runners than water following a run. The ranks of the group have swelled to 3,000 Facebook members and the club even has its own documentary.
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Mikkeller Running Club

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Location Worldwide
Mikkeller has running groups around the world, from San Diego to Seoul, and even has its own iPhone app. The club is founded by Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, creator and owner of Mikkeller, who is a former competitive runner that earned scholarships in the US and set some Danish track records. But the main goal of Mikkeller Running Club is social with a finish up at a bar that serves Mikkeller.
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Running for Brews

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Location Nationwide
Running for Brews started with just one location in Florida in 2010. Today, there are more than 25 locations across the country that combine weekly runs, social events, themed runs, and charity events runs, all finishing at a bar or with beer.
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Flying Bike Run Club

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Location Seattle, Washington
Flying Bike Run Club runs from Flying Bike Cooperative Brewery every Wednesday evening, with an average of 20-50 runners participating. The group consists of runners of many different skill levels, running 3-5 miles with a pace for every runner. Jogging strollers and dogs are welcome.
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River Horse Run Crew

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Location Ewing, New Jersey
Join the River Horse Crew for a running tour to burn off some calories and immediately drink them back up. The route is designed with a 2-mile or 4-mile option, with a diverse group of ages and paces that welcome everyone.
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Flying Irish Running Club

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Location Spokane, Washington
The Flying Irish Running Club has an impressive 4,300 likes on its group Facebook page, and it looks like many of the members show up for their social runs. Here’s how they describe themselves: “We didn’t invent running, social runs, post-run cold beverages or even being Irish but we are the biggest and best at doing them all! WE RUN SPOKANE!!”
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Dirtbag Runners

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Location Worldwide
Dirtbag Runners is a community of trail runners and ultrarunners that are fond of getting together for camping and beer miles in backcountry locations like Yosemite and Reyes Creek. “Run Free. Get Dirty.”
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Run Wild Missoula

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Location: Missoula, Montana
The Montana running group organizes more than a dozen races each year, including the Missoula Marathon and monthly beer-themed runs. Each month, a 3- and 5-mile route is offered at a different brewery location on the last Wednesday of the month, and at the finish line, a social gathering with libations and food awaits.
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Pioneer Beer Runners

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Location Western Massachusetts
The Pioneer Beer Runners, or PBR for short, organize weekly group runs to and from local breweries along with impromptu runs scheduled through the club’s Facebook group.
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Heist Brewery Run Club

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Location CharlotteNorth Carolina
The Monday night runs range from 1-5 miles. With a 
Frequent Runner Card, you get a complimentary menu item after eight stamps, and each event comes with prizes and raffles and a live band. An optional annual membership program for $25 includes other perks and a HBRC tech-shirt. Note: There are many, many beer and running clubs in Charlotte.
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The Road Sodas

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Location Indianapolis, Indiana
“Indiana On Tap’s premier club for runners with a drinking problem” meets weekly for runs from breweries such as MashCraft Brewery, Broad Ripple Brewpub, and Flat12 Bierworks.
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Big Boss Run Club

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Location Raleigh, North Carolina
More than 1,000 members have joined the Big Boss Run Club Facebook group, where members live by the motto “no pain, no beer.” The runs continue on Sundays through the winter at Big Boss Brewing, ending at the tap room.
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Author
Tim Cigelske is DRAFT's Beer Runner. (Beer Run•ner [noun]: Someone equally devoted to fine beer appreciation and an active, healthy lifestyle. Ex. "John downed four microbrews at the triathlon finish line. He's a total beer runner.”) Follow Tim on Twitter @TheBeerRunner, and email him at beerrunner [at] draftmag.com.

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9 Comments

  • Nikki popovich says:

    Greensboro and Winston-Salem NC have some great run and beer clubs! Foothills has Foot Soldiers and Gibbs Hundred has an awesome club!

  • Eric says:

    EAST BAY BEER RUNNERS!

    I’m so happy this group exists. Such a welcoming crew of beer runners. I had no idea these guys were brand new when I first showed up this summer and saw 80 people waiting outside of an Oakland brewery. They are killing it!

  • Jad says:

    Honourable mention to Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners out of Cambridge MA. Their official motto: “WE RUN, AND WE RUN FOR FREEDOM AND BEER. WHO DO WE RUN WITH? KIER BYRNES OF COURSE.”

    http://www.kbfreedomrunners.com/

  • M R says:

    I heard tale of a group that’s been doing this since 1938!! Weird!!

  • Chris says:

    The Hash House Harriers is the largest non competitive running club in the world, with locations on all seven continents; every major city to tiny little alcoves across the globe. “The Drinking Club With a Running Problem” holds major events in each city with the largest in the United States most likely being the New Orleans Red Dress Run. A simple Google search with the name of the city you are in and the term “Hash House Harriers” will find you a great group to get in a run, grab a beer, and have a great time.

  • Paulie says:

    How come you left off the Hash House Harriers? Nationwide drinking club with a running problem. Proud member of San Antonio Hash House Harriers.

  • Robert Grigsby says:

    Can’t forget Newport, Rhode Island’s Run and Chug. These guys and girls run every week and end it with beers at Fastnet Pub. Miss yall!!

  • JAMES POOLE says:

    Great list. For those in London, UK, there is also the Camden Town Brewery Running Club in conjunction with Advent Running. The group meets at Camden’s Daughter in Kentish Town on Wednesday evenings for a mellow social run and free beer for all runners!

  • gardiner hammond says:

    Woohoo Alpine Dog Runners! Denver!

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