Running and Beer: A Mighty Fine Pairing

Posted on March 1, 2018

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There is no end to the selection of post-run refueling beverages on the market. Many people swear by sports drinks and water, and some prefer chocolate milk and even pickle juice. Still we think MOST would argue that there’s nothing like an icy beer to help a runner relax and refuel after the hard miles.  What better way to enjoy that beer than to gather at a Shenandoah Beerwerks brewery with friends? Our breweries agree and are now holding great beer and running events.

Here’s a sampling of our local beer runs:

For the Hard-Core Runner:

March marks the kick-off of Stable Craft Brewing’s Flight Sessions, a series of five new races, each coupled with the release of a brand-new Wilderness Series beer. Finishers get to be the first to try the new releases. Each race will feature two options for runners: If you’re into stiff competition and want a shot at some prize money at the end of the series, opt for the six-mile challenge. Cash rewards will go to the man and the woman who can outpace the field. If you’re in the mood for a more relaxed distance and pace, try the three-mile fun run option. Both events will get you out in the beautiful countryside and are sure to get you warmed up for the Wilderness Series beer release waiting for you at the finish line. Click here to sign up!

  • March 10: Bear Den Dash
  • April 14: Turk Mountain Trot
  • May 5: Mad Lick Lope
  • June 2: Sawmill Ridge Run
  • July 14 : Stony Ridge Race


For the Social Runner

If you’re the type of person who loves a regular run coupled with a social experience and great beer, Brothers Craft Brewing’s monthly Run, Sweat, and Beers sessions will be a perfect fit for you. The free and friendly events will be held the fourth Friday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Runs will start and finish at Brothers. 1-mile, 3-mile, and 5-mile course options are available. Relax after your run with discounted beer in the tasting room. Click here for more information.

  • March 30th
  • April 27th
  • May 25th (special edition: Run or Bike, Sweat, & Beers)
  • June 22nd
  • July 27th

For Those Who Run, Think, and Drink Best in Pairs:

Catch the bus at Pale Fire Brewing to take you to Pound the Peak, a race completed with a partner. During a steep 2.1-mile climb to the top of Massanutten, you will stop twice for less physical and more cerebral challenges on the way up. Let your body rest while your brain takes on the heavy lifting. This race is tough, but it’s also a great way to bond – both with your partner and with your competition. When you finally make it to the peak, enjoy the amazing views and then take a scenic ride to the bottom on the ski lift. Once on flat ground, the bus turns into a party and racers ride back to the brewery sampling Pale Fire’s best with new and old buddies. Continue the party at Pale Fire Brewing’s tap room. All abilities welcome. Click here to sign up!

  • May 12. Registration opens on March 4. Register early because the event sells out quickly.

For the Runner Who Enjoys a Steep Climb

Want a challenging run, a post-race party, swag, and the thrilling feeling that comes from supporting the community? Set your sites on the Basic City Burn. This 3-mile race starts at Basic City Beer Co. and climbs a steep 300-feet (over asphalt, gravel, and trails) to the future site of Sunset Park, the highest point in Waynesboro. The Park, still under development on the site of what used to be Waynesboro’s municipal landfill, will include over 200 acres of forest, hiking, and biking trails as well as open spaces for enjoying spectacular views of the Valley, and as the name suggests, the sunset. The midpoint of the race offers a 360-degree view of the Shenandoah Valley. After admiring the scenery (and resting their quads) at the top, runners will head back down the trails and race to the brewery where a post-race party, awards ceremony, and plenty of Basic City beer awaits them. Runners can listen to live music and purchase food from Hops Kitchen. A portion of the race’s proceeds will benefit the development of the Park. Here’s the link to sign up.

  • September 22
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