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Go on a Ninkasi Beer Run!

Mar 03, 2016 Comments (23)

Our core purpose at Ninkasi is to Perpetuate Better Living. One of our favorite ways to do that is by pairing our passions with delicious beer. Running happens to be one of our most widely shared passions, both at the brewery and across all of the communities where Ninkasi is flowing. From the track to tarmac to trails, one thing that unites all of us runners is our love for beer. So we decided to brew a beer that celebrates our love for chasing miles with beer! We’re also partnering with TrackTown USA to be the craft beer sponsor of the TrackTown16 Fan Festival during the Track & Field Trials at Hayward Field and wanted to offer a beer to all of the competitors and fans that truly commemorates the event, the running community, and our home in TrackTown, USA.

We brewed a flavorful IPA because that's what we like to drink after a run and that's what we see all of our running friends reach for. But to make sure this is a beer that runners want to drink after a run, we brewed a test batch of Beer Run IPA and we’re hosting a series of Ninkasi Beer Runs in cities around the country so runners can try it and let us know what they think. After a run, of course.

 Ninkasi runner Andrew Wheating led the first of the Ninkasi Beer Runs from our Tasting Room on Friday night. We had a great crowd of trail runners, marathoners, 5kers, stroller-pushing dads, canine companions, and Olympians all show up to run and Beer Run. 

Now we need more of you runners to join us for a Beer Run and give us your results! We’ve partnered with several other runners, running groups, and local running shops, to help us lead these runs in communities across the country during March and April. We'll report all of the feedback from the Beer Running to our brew crew so they can tweak the final recipe and make sure we release a beer that runners will love and want to drink after their miles!

Below is the (growing) list of Ninkasi Beer Runs. Check it out, grab your running kicks, and join us for a Ninkasi Beer Run!

March 3rd - EUGENE, OR with Team Run Eugene Flyers at 6pm

March 8th - EUGENE, OR at 6pm

March 9th - ASHLAND, OR with the Rogue Valley Runners at 5:30pm

March 11th - MILL VALLEY, CA with San Francisco Run Company at 6pm

March 12th - NEW YORK CITY, NY at 2pm

March 14th - SAN FRANCISCO, CA with the SFH3 at 6pm

March 15th - AUBURN, CA at 7pm

March 16th - SACRAMENTO, CA at 6pm

March 17th - FORT COLLINS, CO with North FoCo Running Club at 6pm

March 19th - LAS VEGAS, NV 

March 21st - BEND, OR at the FootZone Pub Run at 5:30pm 

March 23rd - LOUISVILLE, CO with Runners Roost at 6pm

March 23rd - SEATTLE, WA at 5pm

March 24th - TACOMA, WA with the Tacoma Runners at 6:30pm

March 24th - BELLINGHAM, WA with klicks Running and Walking at 5pm

March 30th - PORTLAND, OR with the NoPo Run Club at 6:30pm

March 30th - BOULDER, CO with Flatirons Running Inc at 6pm

March 31st - SPOKANE, WA with the Flying Irish Run Club at 6pm

March 31st - PORTLAND, OR with Territory Run Company and Wy'east Wolfpack at 6pm

March 31st - LONGMONT, CO with Shoes & Brews at 6pm

April 1st - COTTAGE GROVE, OR at 6pm

April 4th - VANCOUVER, BC with the East Van Run Crew at 6:15pm


Comments (23)

  1. Ian Ramsey:
    Mar 04, 2016 at 07:55 AM

    How can I set up a Ninkasi Beer run here in Maine? I love your beer, and I organize trail runs here in Maine.

  2. Ninkasi:
    Mar 04, 2016 at 08:25 AM

    Hi Ian - Thanks for asking! Unfortunately we don't have distribution quite yet in Maine. If you'd like to send us an email with your contact info, we'll keep you updated: Cheers!

  3. Tyler Lopez:
    Mar 04, 2016 at 01:16 PM

    Any idea of where you'll be in Sacramento? Looking forward to it!!

  4. Daveraham:
    Mar 04, 2016 at 03:39 PM

    So given your response to Ian, that means no love to Cleveland, Oh or Asheville, NC. Both have a huge beer and running community as well.

  5. Scott:
    Mar 07, 2016 at 04:52 PM

    I know you have distribution down here in Ft Lauderdale because I buy your beer all of the time. Beer runs are popular down here and after a run in hot temps and high humidity we need a beer! If you want to have our thirsty runners sample your new beer send me an email. I know an amazing running store that would love to host it.

  6. Ninkasi Brewing Company:
    Mar 07, 2016 at 05:32 PM

    Hey Tyler! We'll be in Sacramento next Wednesday! (March 16th). Details are here: Hope you can join us!

  7. Ninkasi:
    Mar 07, 2016 at 05:35 PM

    Hey Dave! We have lots of love for Cleveland and Asheville and ALL of the great running/beering hubs across the country. Sadly, we don't have distribution in those states yet and need it to (legally) get beer into your hands and pint glasses. If and when we move into either of those states, you can bet we'll be in touch about beer running! Until then, consider visiting us for a vacation full of miles and pints in Eugene!

  8. Mark from Kensington Liquor Cellar:
    Mar 08, 2016 at 08:51 AM

    Hey guys,
    How about Calgary, Alberta? I haven't been running in a while but the prospect of a new Ninkasi brew is great motivation. Let me know if you're interested.


  9. Natalie:
    Mar 08, 2016 at 03:04 PM

    Hi, does the run in NYC start at 2pm from the Hell's Kitchen pony bar or somewhere else?How long will it be?

  10. Ninkasi Brewing Company:
    Mar 11, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    Hey Natalie!

    The NYC Beer Run starts from Staten Island Ferry Whitehall Station at 12:15. We’ll run about 5 miles and end at the beer! Definitely come join us for any running and/or beering that you can!

  11. John:
    Mar 12, 2016 at 09:56 AM

    Hey, nice concept. Lots of beer runners here in AK, and a long-running organized pub run out of Skinny Raven Sports. Would love to see this here!


  12. JC:
    Mar 12, 2016 at 09:33 PM

    Perhaps you'd like to engage with our runners at the Skinny Raven Pub Run? One of the largest weekly pub runs in the country with up to 500+ runners each week.

  13. Scott:
    Mar 13, 2016 at 03:56 PM


    You posted a link for information on the Sacramento event, but the link didn't work. Is there a page on your site that lists details? Thank you!

  14. Ninkasi Brewing Company:
    Mar 14, 2016 at 09:42 AM

    Hi Scott - Runner’s World has all of the details for the event in Sacramento. Heres' the link: Hope to see you on Wednesday!

  15. Ninkasi Brewing Company:
    Mar 14, 2016 at 09:44 AM

    JC - That sounds like the kind of group we love to hang out with. We’ll email you to see if we can make some Beer Running magic happen

  16. Ninkasi Brewing Company:
    Mar 14, 2016 at 09:45 AM

    John - It sounds like Skinny Raven Sports is our kind of running store. We’re going to do some investigating to see if we can all Beer Run together!

  17. Terri:
    Mar 29, 2016 at 05:13 PM

    How do we sign up for the run on 4/1/16 in Cottage Grove?

  18. Ninkasi Brewing:
    Mar 31, 2016 at 09:16 AM

    Hi Terri - Check out Run CG's website for info on tomorrow's run: See you there!

  19. Brian:
    Apr 19, 2016 at 02:14 PM

    Got to sample a runners IPA after a 13.1 trail run in Vail, AZ on Sunday. Thanks for the free beer, thoroughly enjoyed it! All hail Ninkasi!

  20. Al Navarro:
    May 03, 2016 at 06:54 AM

    Would like to sample this new beer here in Michigan. Loved the old Track Town beers and would have it shipped to my home. Any chance that will be possible in the future?

  21. Ninkasi Brewing:
    May 03, 2016 at 09:23 AM

    Great to hear from you, Al! Sadly we don't have distribution in Michigan or a direct ship option.

  22. Micah drew:
    Jun 25, 2016 at 09:05 PM

    Do you have distribution in montana? I help organize many runs in missoula!

  23. Ninkasi:
    Jun 27, 2016 at 09:39 AM

    Hey Micah - Unfortunately we don't have distribution to your state. Thanks for reaching out!

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