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Beer and running: Join the club

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NoDa Running Club beer runners at NoDa Brewing Co

It started with the Hash House Harriers, a “drinking group with a running problem.” Today you can find the Hashers worldwide, and beer and running groups are exploding everywhere.

As I’ve written countless times before, nothing brings people together like beer and running. You can go into just about any major city in the country and find a social group (or several) sponsored by a running store, a pub or both.

I’ve run and grabbed a beer or three with beer runner clubs from Denver to Boston, and heard of countless more. Here is my attempt to list as many of them as possible with your suggestions. I know this isn’t a complete list, so please leave others that you know of in the comments.

You can also follow lists of as many clubs and sponsors I could find on Facebook and on Twitter and see a map of them here.


Pub Run Madison
Madison, WI
About The Tuesday night running and drinking events are a collaboration between a local construction company with Berkeley Running Company and Great Dane Pub & Brewing Company.
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Runners Forum beer runs
Where Indiana cities
About The Indiana running stores hosts several beer-themed runs, including Thirsty Thursday Fun Runs (now over for the season) and the Ugly Sweater Brew Run at the Fountain Square Brewery.
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Fleet Feet Pint Night
Where Chicago
About The Fleet Feet Chicago locations hold a fun run every Monday, and on the third week of every month they head out to a bar afterward. The first round is on the running store.
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The Scout Running Club
Where Chicago
About The Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale-sponsored club meets each Thursday at the Scout to run a 5K, followed by beer and a free post-run buffet.
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The Milwaukee Running Group
Where Milwaukee
About A PBR-centric group that meets at South Shore Park in the summer followed by $1 PBRs, among other beer/running get-togethers.
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Milwaukee Running Club logo from Matt Jacobson


Jack Quinn’s Running Club
Where Colorado Springs, CO
About “The mission of the Jack Quinn’s Running Club is to foster the community by providing a venue that promotes active lifestyles and social interactions.” That pretty much sums it up.
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Highland Tap Run Club
Where Denver
About This LoHi Denver group meets at Highland Tap and Burger for Wednesday night 4-mile runs, followed by free pasta and 20% off Oskar Blues Drafts.
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Denver Beer Co Run Club
Where Denver
About A 5k walk, job or run every Tuesday followed by free pasta dinner and beer.
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bRUNch Running
Where Denver with Phoenix launching in January
About Just as the name suggests, the bRUNch club runs 5K or 10K on Sundays, followed by brunch and drinking. The brunches include trips to places like the Denver Beer Co. 
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Irish Snug Runners
Where Denver
About Denver’s largest running group, which includes 8,000 members on their email list. Run a social 5K then grab pasta and Guinness in the pub’s basement. I’ve joined this group for their Thursday night run and it is indeed a massive gathering.
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Renee and Greg from the Irish Snug Runners


Flying Irish
Where Spokane, WA
About The Flying Irish identify themselves as a non-profit and the world’s largest social running club. The group meets every Thursday night at Ripples Riverside Grille from March until Thanksgiving, with an end-of-season party the first Thursday in December.
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Tacoma Runners
Where Tacoma, WA
About “3,000+ people. Drinking and running since Jan 2010. Over $100k in beer tabs in 2012.” – Derek Young
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Run Wild Missoula
Where Missoula, MT
About The Montana running group organizes over a dozen races each year, including the Missoula Marathon and monthly beer-themed runs. They also have a Christmas Beer Run coming up on Dec. 18th.
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Run Wild Missoula Beer Run logo


Newport Run & Chug
Where Newport, RI
About  The group meets every Thursday night for a 5k run, followed by beer at the Fastnet Pub.
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Pioneer Beer Runners
Where Western Massachusetts
About John Torrone and Mike Olkin co-founded the Pioneer Beer Runners, or PBR for short, to “get beer geeks who happen to be runners together socially.”
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Fishtown Beer Runners
Where Philadelphia
About The Philly group runs weekly followed by a toast “to the professor!” whose research shows that beer is better than water for recovery after a run.
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Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners
Where  Cambridge, MA
About The Kier Byrnes Freedom Runners gather each Tuesday at Courtside Restaurant & Karaoke followed by their first beer free, plus pizza. Most weeks, the group runs in honor of an individual “Freedom Runner,” who gets toasted and drinks from the Freedom Chalice. There is a themed run on the second Tuesday of each month.
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Photo via Brady Hoover


Running for Brews
Where Chapters all over the country with a cluster in Florida
About Running for Brews was founded in 2010 in Florida to combine craft beer, fitness and giving back to charity. Since then it has spread across the country. You can get a sense of the club in this preview video.
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NoDa Run Club 
Where Charlotte, NC
About This huge group (170+ runners at one meeting) gathers weekly at NoDa Brewing for 1, 3 and 5 mile loops from the brewery and back, followed by craft beer.
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Yeti Trail Runners
Where Georgia
About The trail runners are sponsored by Great Divide and Bell’s Brewery, put on races with an emphasis on the post-race social activities, and organize one run a month “around our favorite beverage.”
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Big Boss Run Club
Where Raleigh, NC
About 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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Big Boss Run Club photo via Jon Odgers


Rogue Running
Where Austin and Cedar Park, Texas
About The running retail and training organization offers a variety of coaching programs, including Pints and PRs. This training plan features four post-long run field trips to local breweries during recovery weeks.
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FORGE Ales N Trails Running Group
Where Baton Rouge, LA
About FORGE Racing is a sporting event planning that focuses on trail running and drinking beer. They bring beer to their runs and races, including kegs of homebrew.
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West Sixth Running Club
Where Lexington, KY
About The joint venture with West Sixth Brewing meets on Tuesday nights for a 3 mile or 1.5 mile course through downtown Lexington. Sign up, start, and finish for all runs are at West Sixth Brewing
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Red Bean Running & Walking Club
Hattiesburg, MS
The group meets every Monday for a run, jog, or walk at the Thirsty Hippo.
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Bearden Beer Market Flying Pints
Where Knoxville, Tennessee
About The Flying Pints are Beardon Beer Market patrons that “enjoy everything from a relaxing hike, to cycling, to a day on the river, to a full marathon.” They meet on Mondays and Thursdays for a 5k on the nearby Knoxville Greenways or Cherokee Boulevard and afterward earn a $1 off post-run drafts.
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The Bearden Beer Market Flying Pints 


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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