Part of the seven state Brewery Running Series, the Oregon chapter will partner with 16 breweries in the Portland metro area on 16 unique 5K running events. This series of fun runs is open to all skill levels and is designed to promote healthy activities while enjoying craft beer throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Participants walk, jog, or run approximately 3.1 miles, then enjoy a celebratory beer at a designated brewery. Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment that includes live music, great food, prize giveaways and opportunities to interact with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives 1 complimentary craft brew and a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item.
The series also focuses on building community. With smaller crowds of 75 – 175 people, the Oregon Brewery Running Series events aren’t your typical 5k races that shut down major thoroughfares as speedy racers blast to the finish line. Rather, team members and brewery staff come together to create a casual, comfortable environment for runners and beer drinkers alike, celebrating healthy lifestyles and community.
In addition to supporting local breweries, the Oregon Brewery Running Series is committed to helping the community through local nonprofits. 10% of proceeds from all Oregon Brewery Running Series events benefit the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, Dollar For Portland, and Life Vest Inside. In 2017, the organization raised almost $4,000 for its partners, and hope to increase this amount in 2018.
The nearly sold-out kickoff event (as of this post there are only 2 available spots) takes place on Saturday, January 13. Participants will be treated to beer samples from participating breweries and a taco bar courtesy of On Running, the fastest growing global running brand with it’s U.S. headquarters in Portland. Attendees may also sign up for series passes at up to 50% off.
Oregon Brewery Running Series 2018 Schedule:
Portland Cider Co. (Clackamas) – February 10
Stickmen Brewing (Tualatin Beer Hall) – February 17
Hopworks (Vancouver) – February 24
Stormbreaker Brewing (N Portland) – March 3
Portland Brewing (NW Portland. Part of the Hoppy Earth Day Brewfest) – April 21
Lompoc Brewing (N Portland) – April 28
Heathen Brewing (Vancouver) – May 5
Ecliptic Brewing (N Portland) – May 12
Migration Brewing (NE Portland) – July 21
Grixsen Brewing (SE Portland) – July 28
Ordnance Brewing (Wilsonville) – August 4
Laurelwood NE (NE Portland) – August 11
54-40 Brewing (Washougal, WA) – October 13
Baerlic Brewing (SE Portland) – October 20
McMenamins Kennedy School (NE Portland) – October 27
Base Camp Brewing (SE Portland) November 3
Registration is $30 per event; all participants receive 1 local beer, seasonal merchandise or collector’s glassware as well as the opportunity to partake in brewery tours, product demos, special giveaways, and a special invitation to enjoy the days’ scheduled festivities: live music, food, yard games, and more.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.