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A beer running group is born

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What motivates someone to start a group for beer and running?

Ask John Torrone of the Pioneer Beer Runners, or PBR for short. The club will celebrate its inaugural run six mile run starting at the Moan & Dove in western Massachusetts on January 22.

The goal of the club, which Torrone co-founded with Mike Olkin, is to “get beer geeks who happen to be runners together socially.” He shared how he became a beer runner and decided to start the club in this Q+A.

What motivated you to start the Pioneer Beer Running club?

I really enjoy getting to know people that share interests with me. When I first joined Twitter and tried to pick a Twitter profile name that related to beer and running I discovered that there were a lot of other runners who were into beer. Next came dailymile and Untappd. I noticed a lot of the runners on twitter were also my friends on these sites too. Then I decided to run my first marathon and I chose it through advice from some of these same people. As I trained I got a lot of great support. Then on marathon weekend I met up with a runner friend I had only previously met online and we had a blast. After the marathon we met for beers at the legendary Great Lost Bear Pub in Portland Maine. I thought it would be great to meet a lot of other online runner/beer friends and shortly after PBR was born.

What do you have planned for your first run?

We are going to meet at beer bar called the Moan & Dove, one of the first Craft Beer Bars I had ever heard of. They were the first place that I knew that did not serve Bud or Miller products and the owner and staff really knew about beer. The Moan & Dove also holds a special place in my heart as I was the first person to finish the mug club list and earn the first special mug. I planned a very scenic 6 mile route as an out & back to encourage newer or slower runners to not be intimidated. The design lets each runner decide if they want to turn around early and cut the run short. Then we will head to the Moan & Dove and enjoy a few beers.

What are your goals for the club in 2012?

My goals for the club are to have at least six running social events. I would also like the club to grow enough that we can enter teams for some local races and maybe raise some money for charity. At the very least I hope to meet other athletes that appreciate beer as much as I do. After the first run, I plan on discussing (over a beer) what other people would like goals for the club to be so we can create an inclusive club that people will enjoy. I also have a goal of creating a logo and t-shirts, so if anyone wants to design a logo for PBR for free please contact me!

How did you get into beer and running as a combination?

John Torrone

I started running cross county invitationals when I was around 12 years old and ran cross country in high school. I was on the varsity team my freshman year and got a letter, but my running career ended with an injury. I became a straight edge kid in high school after experimenting with underage drinking and did not drink again until 23. When I started drinking again I decided I wasn’t going to drink to get drunk but would enjoy what I was drinking. This is when I discovered craft and import beer. I worked for Paper City Brewery and La Resistance Distributors when I was in law school. I did not run at this time and I started putting on weight, but then I started using running to get back into shape (somewhat) and I saw beer as the perfect reward for all my hard work. I really enjoy beer and I really enjoy running and being a beer runner allows me to combine two things I am passionate about. I also have been trying and collecting beers with my friends. We have a Beer Wall of over 5,000 different beers that we’ve tried.

Outside of the club, what are your own personal beer running goals?

For me this is the year of double 1,000. My own personal beer running goal is to run 1,000 miles this year and reach reach 1,000 unique beers on Untappd. I recently reached the 500 unique Legendary status so I think I can make 1,000 this year.

If someone is interested in the club, how can they get more info or join?

Join the Pioneer Beer Runners on Facebook or contact me be email: xmahatmax (at) yahoo.com


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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  • Deb says:

    Apparently, you’ve never been introduced to the Hash House Harriers? This drinking club with a running problem has been around since 1938.

  • Private Tofu says:

    Uhhh… This is nothing new? http://www.sdh3.com

  • The Beer Runner says:

    Yep, check the archives: http://draftmag.com/beerrunner/running-the-beer-mile/

    There’s room for more than one beer and running group in the world. Kudos to John.

  • Wheezy says:

    The Hash House Harriers in Western, MA, does not run that frequently. Maybe once a month? At least as far as I know.

    The Moan & Dove is a perfect place for this! Looking forward to possibly trekking out there sometime in the near future. Thanks for the story, Beer Runner Tim!

  • NoPo Run Club says:

    I still find it funny that just because someone starts a Run Club that Runs AND Drinks people automatically assume they’ve never heard of Hashing before.

    Take our “little” club in Portland for instance: http://www.meetup.com/NoPo-Run-Club/ We run and drink with the best of them and even though we’re not a Hash… you’d be surprised how many of us are hashers as well.

    Cheers to all the Beer Runners out there!

  • NoPo Run Club says:

    Still find it funny that if a club says they run AND drink that some people just assume they’ve never heard of the Hash…

    Get some John! Good work and we’ll def check out PBR if I’m ever in Western Mass! Check us out in Portland if you’re in the Pacific NW: http://www.meetup.com/NoPo-Run-Club/

  • Running For Brews says:

    Yep…agreed that the Hash House Harriers have been around for a long time but they have a slightly different format than your typical social run group. Our social run groups meet once a week at different beer bars throughout Tampa Bay just for the sake of running and having a few social beers afterwards. Go get em John!

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