I know, I know. It’s not quite summer yet. But where I live in Milwaukee we’ve had a brutal winter and barely any spring. So I’m already looking forward to temperatures that crack the 60s.
So in keeping with my seasonal tradition, I’ve started to put together a list of summer (and some early fall) races that feature craft beer. These types of races are growing, so this is an incomplete list and meant to get you thinking about your summer race calendar.
Know of a race to add to the list? Add it in the comments.
Description 2 bands. 8 restaurants. 5K run. BEER MILE.
Where Baton Rouge
When May 3
Dances with Dirt
Description Part of a 20-year-old trail running series that originated in Hell, Michigan. Last year Bell’s sponsored the post-race party in Hell and they are coming on the road to Wisconsin this year for a trail 10K, 13.1, 26.2, 50K or 50M. It’s a very hilly course including a trip up the bluffs. There will be pre and post-race parties at a local bar up there and a beer garden onsite at the finish.
Where Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin
When July 12
The Rat Snake
DescriptionThe Rat Snake is a small race that honors Dr. Ken Stalter, a surgeon and endurance athlete who lost his life to Leukemia unexpectedly, preceded by his 3 year old daughter of the same ailment. The race is a challenging Reverse Triathlon and Trail Run. Registration fee is $25 The Alchemist has donated many cases of Heady Topper for finishers.
When May 17
Where Upstate New York (outside Cooperstown) at Gilbert Lake State Park
Minnesota Brewery Running Series
Description An un-timed run/jog/walk 5k with beer at the finish. Registration is $30 per race, which includes one craft beer and a collectors’ pint glass as well as the opportunity to partake in brewery tours, product demos, giveaways and more. A portion of this event’s proceeds will be donated to a local non-profit.
When In total, there are 13 races starting April 26 and running through October
Where Breweries & neighborhoods of Minneapolis/St. Paul, including Surly, Summit and Great Waters breweries.
Louisville Beer Run
Description A 5K with beer stops about every 3/4 mile and an after-party with a 16oz beer. Every participant receives a 16oz Louisville Beer Run glass and an authentic Louisville Beer Run t-shirt included. Registration benefits local parks.
When Saturday, June 21
Where Louisville , KY
Craft Brew Races
Description The Craft Brew Races is a 5k road race followed by a local craft beer festival, which is also open to non-runners. There’s unlimited sampling from 20+ great local craft brews at each event. Ticket prices start at $35 for just the beer festival, and it’s only $10 more if you’re also running the 5K.
When Starting May 10 and running through September
Where New England
Cambridge 5K Race Series
Description A series of races both on- and off-road with craft beer at the finish. I wrote about their event philosophy here.
When Freedom Run (6/01/14 in East Cambridge), a challenging 2.35 mile trail race, SASQUATCH (7/13/14 at DCR Middlesex Fells), a 5 mile trail race that benefits a wolf sanctuary, Big Bad Wolf (9/13/14 in Ipswich, MA), and Oktoberfest (10/05/14 in Kendall Square)