The 2016 Minnesota Brewery Running Series
The 2016 Minnesota Brewery Running Series is kicking off their fifth season with some pretty exciting stuff. If you’re not a beer drinker, or think these “races” are only for the under 30, hipster crowd, think again!
The Minnesota Brewery Running Series is for anyone who, “wants to have a personalized experience, with a small craft feel at a small craft brewery.” Says founder Nate Herrington. He started the series, with co-founder Morgan Jappe, by combining three things they love – being active, beer and supporting their local community.
Their focus is less on “swag” and more on sustaining an intimate experience. Each events has food trucks, games, music and more.
We don’t time the events, we don’t give out medals… we don’t do some of those glamorous things that other events do… if you like having a great time, feeling a part of the community, checking out a great local craft brewery within a casual running event that is very craft in nature (small scale)… this is the event for you.
These events tend to draw newer runners who may be intimidated by larger, more traditional races… or running at all. The focus on community and camaraderie makes it a great place for anyone who wants to give running a try. It’s perfect for an individual or group to experience a little bit of the local Twin Cities community.
Here are a few things you can look forward to in 2016.
What’s New in the Brewery Running Series?
If you’ve been reading Minneapolis Running for awhile, you know we’ve been covering this almost from the beginning. The 2016 Minnesota Brewery Running Series is all about New Concepts, New Breweries, New Cities, New Beer. With over 30 events between now and December, not only are you likely to find one for your schedule, but you can explore and experience a whole lot of the local Minnesota craft beer scene.
In addition to all the greatness mentioned above, here are a few new notable additions;
They rescheduled the Bad Weather event for April 9, a time of year they hope will deliver actual bad weather. “It would be great if it was just miserable… snow, rain…. very fitting for that brewery!”
May 21 is the Lakes and Legends event. This is a new brewery downtown, in the basement of a condo building with an ‘up north’ feel and an urban twist.
They are hosting their first 10k at, fittingly, 10k Brewing. “It’s called 10k because it’s a play off of 10,000 Lakes, but many think it’s a running brewery now!”
There are also a handful of out of town Brewery Running Series events, mostly in August. They will be back in Duluth and Mankato and also adding Rochester to the mix with the Grand Rounds Brewpub, August 27.
The fall is all about new breweries, some that aren’t even open yet. You’ll have to check the full Brewery Running Series calendar of events for those!
Part of the Brewery Running Series is supporting local non-profits. In 2015, they partnered with eight, raising awareness, or making financial contributions.
Their three official charity partners of 216 are;
- The Red Shoe Society – Upper Midwest is dedicated to raising awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Upper Midwest (RMHC-UM), while promoting volunteerism and generating financial support. Members of the Red Shoe Society have diverse professional backgrounds and come from a wide variety of industries.
- Brewing A Better Forest is on a mission to create a better urban forest by blending a passion for trees with a passion for excellent craft beer. In 2013, the city of Minneapolis asked residents for help watering newly planted trees. This organization answered that call with a really cool program. They facilitate mentoring relationships between people and trees. People commit to watering a tree in their yard, once a week… if they do that they get a free beer token at a local brewery.
- People For Parks is a non-profit organization created to stimulate financial and community support for Minneapolis Parks from citizens, businesses and organizations. . Herrington says they, “work to maintain and improve a central part of our events – the local parks!”
If you want to register for one of these fun, small batch, “craft” running events, head over to the registration page. They fill fast! If you’re interested in making these events part of your summer experience, you can also take advantage of some cool, multi-event pricing.
For a limited time, select from heavily discounted multi-pack options (6, 12, or 24) only at the Kickoff event (held 3/19 from 6-9pm; note: free registration required for this event) or the site-wide 20% off everything, sale happening online during the same time for those that cannot attend in-person.
Annual Membership (update 5/17/16)
They are also running a special membership program. We have confirmed we are running a $300 annual membership to the Running Series, good for any event, any state. This automatically enrolls you in our Brew Crew program, which gets you 1 extra beer at each event attended and other perks throughout the season.
$300 will be a special price just at the Kickoff event, and available online during the same time. After kickoff it will go to a reg price of $365 (as in be a beer runner for 365 days for $365 – ha), and as the season progresses, pricing will drop at various times, appropriately based on the number of events that still remain for the year.
If you’ve participated in one of these before, what did you think? Share below.