The last time I drank multiple beers during a race, I was running in the Beer Mile World Classic in San Francisco. That was back in August and the off-season is long.
So after nearly nine months of only drinking beer after I run, I returned to practice drinking while running at the Kohler Festival of Beer 5K Beer Run, which is held about an hour north of where I live in the Milwaukee suburbs.
This was an ideal race to ease back into form for the beer mile season. Instead of the beer mile’s four stops, the Kohler Beer Run requires you to drink just three beers along the way, and they’re spread out over 3.1 miles instead of one.
And because this casual fun run wasn’t the hardcore “Kingston Rules” that measure how much beer you leave behind at each stop, I didn’t drain the full cans of Michelob Ultra. I just took gulps while running, which was pretty refreshing.
In the end, I coasted to an easy victory in 17:31 while chugging a beer across the finish line. The local paper even got a photo of me downing my last beer before the finish.
The beer run was just one of the many events going on this weekend for the Kohler Festival of Beer, which I hit up Friday and Saturday. There were delicious beer pairings with like Sierra Nevada Nooner pilsner with BBQ and sliders with IPAs. There was also a beer and yoga event, live music and even an appearance from the KegCycle.
Even though I live close to the area, this is my first time in the city of Kohler, famous for its bathroom fixtures and the Whistling Straits golf course. It turns out the region has a lot to offer with scenic views for runners and craft breweries, including this festival.
On the way back, I stopped at the newly opened 3 Sheeps Brewery taproom, which was featured by DRAFT as one of the places to drink in May. The brewery’s expansive taproom is furnished and decorated with reclaimed wood from an old local arena, and beers like 3 Sheeps’ Vanilla Rye Stout, Bam-Ba-Lam Saison and Imperial Black Wheat made with Milwaukee’s Colectivo coffee similarly repurpose and reinvent classic styles.
If you’re looking for another beer run in your area, check out my beer runner round-up of spring races.