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Jon Odgers had a vision for a beer to drink on hot summer days after a run. The kind of beer made for a run club.

So one of the owners at Big Boss Brewing Company offered to brew a beer with him.

Jon had already become an extended member of the brewery family with his work at Big Boss Run Club, and this allowed him to do something special for his upcoming 40th birthday.

They got to work on a session IPA, something that wasn’t currently in their regular or seasonal lineup.

“I thought about our run club at Big Boss and how popular their hoppy beers are,” Jon said. “Yet all of them are heavier, malty and well above 6% ABV.”

He named the beer Tail Wind to keep with the theme at Big Boss of naming their beers after WWII allied bomber nose art. Of course, the name also has a reference to running.

Jon collaborated with Brad (co-owner/brewer) and Bobby (brewer) on the beer style and recipe. Bobby and Jon brewed it in April with the goal of a release for Jon’s 40th birthday — and the night of their weekly club run.

On May 27th, the beer was released and went on tap that evening at run club. Reception of the beer by runners was positive and it should be available on tap at the taproom and locally in Raleigh bars for the next month. They also prepared a cask of Tail Wind dry hopped with Big Boss estate grown hops to be released soon.

Recently Flat12 Bierworks collaborated with a running store for a run club beer, but this is the first time I’ve heard of a run club member actually brewing with the brewery.

Congrats and happy birthday, Jon! You can read more about him in this beer runner profile and find the Big Boss Run Club and other running groups here.


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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