Beer and Running

The relationship between runners and beer can run deep. A friend of mine was asked about beer and running. “Doesn’t drinking beer hurt your running?”

His response: “The only problem with drinking beer and running is you might spill some!”

There seems to be something special about runners and their beer. The drink is common fare at post-race celebrations and some of my happiest memories involve a pint with my friends after a run. Of course, for the performance minded runner, consuming beer should always take place after a race.

There are exceptions of course. Every year the Boise Area Runners – The BAR – holds a brewery run here in Boise that appeals to the runner and beer lover inside me.

I remember showing up to my first brewery run with a mix of curiosity and anticipation. I came prepared with my $10 in cash to give to Woody, (the run host). He explained the route we would follow coursing about six miles through the Boise area.

Twenty or so runners, we ran the mile to our first stop, 10 Barrel Brewing. Woody purchased two or three pitchers and announced the choice of brew. A stack of taster glasses in hand, we all joined in getting familiar with some of Boise’s best micro-brewed beer.

The comfortable autumn weather provided an ideal context for discovering the beauty of Boise’s cityscape and the talent of our local brewers. A little taster at The Ram, Boise Brewing, Woodland Empire, Cloud Nine, and Highlands Hollow gave me a deep appreciation for the quality and variety of craft beer available in the Treasure Valley.

In the last mile a few of us decided to get after it and run “fast” to our final destination. While my head swam from the previous drinks and the exertion to try to keep with the group I gave up in a fit of laughter and joy at being with such great people taking part in two of my favorite activities: running and drinking beer.

You have a few opportunities to join in a brewery run. The BAR’s first this year will be Sunday, March 19 for the Boise Pub Run (details here). A pub run will also be part of the Running Retreat on Saturday, April 22 in McCall (details here). Last, on Sunday, October 15 we will cap the fall weather with a Boise Pub Run (details here). Hopefully you can join us!

See you out on a run!

Brewery Run

It’s time for another brewery run and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day! It will also be a great “recovery run” for anyone doing the Shamrock Shuffle. This time we’re going to meet at Highlands Hollow on March 15 at 2:00. The route will be:

* Highlands Hollow
* 10 Barrel
* The Ram
* Boise Brewing
* Woodland Empire (a new brewery for us)
* Cloud 9
* Highlands Hollow

The whole route is 6.7 miles but you can drop a brewery to shave a mile, if you want. Here’s a link to the map: https://goo.gl/maps/CXIqF Below is an image of the route as well.

We will be on roads, so wear bright colors, like your BAR shirt! Bonus points to anyone who brings their own mug. In the past, we’ve collected $10 from people at the beginning and bought pitchers along the way. This seemed to work well, so I’ll plan to do that again. See you there.