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Beer Runner profile: Brodie Birkel

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Brodie and the Beer Mile

Brodie and the Beer Mile

What are your beer runner credentials?

Does running multiple beer miles count? Kidding. But really, does it? I’ve been active my whole life. It’s just who I am. But I also developed a great love for beer in college. Mixing them together has become almost an art. There certainly have been a few rough workouts the morning after some solid tasting sessions but I’ve learned to balance things very well. Sometimes you have to prioritize certain things and being active still tends to be my priority. There is certainly room for both though.

How did you become a brewer in Hawaii?

I was working for a brewery in Denver when my wife and I were deciding what was next once she finished her masters program. I blurted out Hawaii and there didn’t seem to be an objection. I basically became the luckiest man in the world after randomly calling a few of Hawaii’s breweries and finding the one brewery that happened to have their head brewer moving back to the mainland. After a few phone calls and email exchanges I was offered the job at Keoki Brewing Company now named Hawaii Nui Brewing. A few weeks later I was living on the island of Kauai, surfing, running, snorkeling and brewing beer in paradise. It was an amazing experience.

What’s going on here?

Really? This needs explaining? My friend had a mustache and sombrero party to celebrate Cinqo de Mayo. I’m not a big fan of the typical, festive Mexican beers so I made my own celebratory beverage. What better way to celebrate a milestone in Mexico than with “The Beer That Made Milwaukee Famous.”

What goal do you have your sights set on next?

Touring every brewery in Wisconsin. Oh, do you mean triathlon? This year’s big goal is once again Ironman Wisconsin. I’m still trying to reach my goal of a sub-10:30 Ironman. Over the past few years I’ve been doing things a lot smarter when it comes to training. Even though triathlon is an individual participation sport there is no need to have to do all of your training alone. Just like beer typically involves a lot of socializing I found it necessary to involve a lot of socializing with my triathlon training and that is why I sought out Madison Multisport to train with.

What’s your favorite post-workout or race recovery beer?

Post race beer

A cold one. It really comes down to whatever is in my refrigerator at that moment in time. I’m a dark beer lover but if it was a very hot workout I normally go with a lighter beer (or many of them). You’ll always find a good selection from Capital Brewery in my house along with other delicious local beers. With so many good, local brews to choose from each workout normally ends with a different one.

What’s your advice for fellow beer runners or aspiring beer runners?

Go out and have fun! Breweries around my area like to sponsor great events for runners, cyclists and triathletes. Seek out some of those events in your neck of the woods and you are likely to find some other runners who share your passion for suds. When you overthink beer and running, you suck the fun out of it. Beer is fairly simple and so is being active really. Now go hammer out a 5k and follow it up with a cold one.

Anything else to add?

I’m really hoping to pick up a beer sponsor for next season. Hint, hint!


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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