Each year, Money magazine is known for releasing its “best places to live” list. But nowhere in its complex algorithm do I see consideration for beer and running.
That’s about to change. Consider this the first ever Best Places for Beer Runners list (in no particular order), as voted on by you.
Benjamin cast his vote for New York due to a simple math: “Five boroughs, five times the beer.” This weekend’s New York City Marathon is also one of the largest 26.2 races in the world, with more than 40,000 finishers.
Trey picks Austin for runner friendly trails around Town/Ladybird Lake, its Rogue Trail Series and ample craft brews at The Draught House, Real Ale, and Jesterking Beer. Next year Austin also celebrates 20 years of their famed downtown Austin Marathon.
“Boulder and San Diego in a dead heat!” says Bay Area Beer Runner Derrick. “My home town San Francisco is a close second.” Diana partially agreed: “I’d say San Diego in a heartbeat.”
South Korea resident Zuleika went with her own city: “Seoul!!!!” she said. “Free beer after the majority of the races, and if you have an empty bottle of water they will fill that one up too!”
Desiree, who just finished the Dublin Marathon, picked the Irish capital city. “Drank in all locals: Mulligan’s, Palace, Grogan’s, Kehoe’s, Dawson, Sackville – great Guinness. Dublin running: marathon, immense love of the sport, and people running to work each morning. So cool to see. Nice parks for it.”
Desiree currently lives in Chicago, and she praised the windy city for Guthries, Hopleaf, Goose Island, The Map Room, The Grafton (“best Guinness pour”), Charleston, and Sheffields Bar for beer. On Twitter somewildbee agreed. “Hands down! Great craft beer, training partners, competitive races and the lakefront path.”
“In Atlanta,” said Kate, “one can hash for many consecutive days. Or one can simply enjoy a tasty beverage post run, sans hashing. There are multiple hash clubs here.”
Portland, Maine, is the place to be, says Jamie. “We have beer checks (for drinking beer) all the time on the streets during hash runs! Plus we have a ton of great microbrews!”
Rob says the other Portland in Oregon is tops. “Milder weather means you can run 12 months of the year, and their microbrewing scene is incredible. For the past few years the officially sanctioned nickname for the city is, Beertown. And it’s loaded with green spaces and beautiful waterways.” I bet Portland resident and non-conformist Chris Guillebeau would agree.
Sticking with the northwest outdoors theme, Joe of Big Sky Brewing picked several area cities including Missoula, Boise, Spokane, Seattle and Portland.
And how could you not include the Brew City? Renee picked Milwaukee, “home of the Brewers and rich history of German masterbrewers,” and Dan agreed, saying “with more park space per person (many with exceptional trails and paved paths), how can anyone deny it’s The Brew City?” Let me also add that we have a running and biking trail named after beer.
With all these people making strong cases for their own cities — and many more were named — it seems like Beer Running is a state of mind. If you want to do it, it almost doesn’t matter where you are. Though great local races, trails and craft breweries certainly helps.
But what other cities did we miss? What would you add?