#Runforacharityeveryday

Something I was told by a race director a couple of weeks ago is that every race has to have a charity.  If you don’t have a charity then it doesn’t legitimize you.  This is true and what I am going to say should never deter you from running a race because that is a wonderful way to meet new people.  But running for a charity can go beyond running a race!

Earlier this year I was informed and introduced to a phone app call Charity Miles.  Unfortunately, my phone was such a foul machine that it would never work with this app.  Two weeks ago I bought a new phone and have began to use the charity miles app!  What I like about the Charity miles app is that You have several options of charities to choose from.

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My personal preference is Feeding America.  Knowing that each mile I run gives a meal to a needy person is awesome!  Also you can use the app for walking or biking if running isn’t your thing!

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This being said I was also reminded by a friend on Facebook of a video for Back On My Feet.  If you have the time there are several cities in America where you can actually meet with people who are rock bottom but are 30 days sober, clean, and looking to improve their lives.

Charity will happen at almost every race you run whether there is Craft beer there or not.  Sometimes it is just best to expand your horizons and to help those lest fortunate.

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Chicago Stories: The Bar That Has The Silliest Name Might Just Be The Best Bar In The City!

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I know that writing these series of stories about the events that When I had finished with viewing the game in Chicago’s Wrigley Field I was left desiring a great beer!  With a place with the name of Quenchers it seemed like the kind of place where you would pick up a cold Bud and if you were lucky there would be a Sam Lager on draft. Or it is the place where you get a fruity kids drink or gum filled with liquid.  This is where I was wrong completely!

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I went there with friends who lived in the neighborhood who also suggested it.  I was not disappointed.  I got to realize why we all drink craft beer.  It is the community of it.  That is why you’ll see that there is no bubble and craft beer is still going to boom.  To add to the awesomeness of Quenchers there is a world and state listing of beers as well as entertainment 7 nights a week! I will remember this as being the place I was introduced to Half Acre’s “Daisy Cutter”.When I am back in Chicago in a couple of weeks this will be the first place I will stop!

Why I run with NoDa Running Club…

Lindsay Duncan is a guest contributor who frequently runs with NoDa run club on Wednesday nights in Charlotte, NC. Having ran with NoDa run club I can attest to the legitimacy of their club. However, I felt that a full-fledged member of the club should be the one to describe their experiences of Noda Run Club. NoDa Run Club decided Lindsay would be the best to contribute to this experience ….
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Lindsay is on the left!
I can honestly say that I am a new convert to both Running and to Craft Beer.  A year ago at this time, I vaguely remember sipping a fruity cocktail and adamantly insisting to a runner friend that running was easily the most boring form of exercise. I wholeheartedly believed that the only reason to run was if you are being chased by some large animal.  Now, a year later, I am a IPA loving NoDa run club regular that has recently decided to train for a half marathon.  I have come a long way…
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I have always been athletic and played lots of sports.  I played four years of college soccer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  I graduated my Senior year of Collegiate Athletics completely burned out and tired after 15 years of playing high level soccer.  Since then I have considered myself retired from any type of training and intense sports.   I stayed active by going on walks, attending dance classes, and playing tennis and volleyball leisurely with friends.  I hated running and on the rare occasion that I got it in my head that a run would be a good idea; the minute I started breathing hard was the minute I found myself ready to stop.
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I felt like running was a trap where you start out feeling great and the minute you get too far from your house or car, you suddenly start gasping for air and realizing you made a big mistake.
About a year ago, I started hanging out with a group of friends that love craft beer.  I at this time was not a fan of beer.  The only beer I had ever drank were light beers and definitely not craft beers.  I decided beer was not for me and stuck to my delicious white wine and fruity mixed drinks.  After much peer pressure and taking sips of different beers, I found a few of the craft beers brewed with fruits that I found delicious.  That began the gateway into stronger beers and developing a taste for IPAs, stouts and porters.  Now I can say, there are not many craft beers that I absolutely dislike.  There are some that I prefer to sample and wouldn’t order an entire glass of and others that I have grown to love from the bottom of my heart and the bottom of my glass.
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As I began to hang out at NoDa brewery, I met people who attended the Wednesday NoDa Run Club.  I was persuaded to attend one week with a few friends.  I am a very social person and despite feeling nervous knowing I didn’t like to run, the idea of being with my friends, drinking beer and being outside in the beautiful weather was enough to convince me to go.  I showed up surprised to see over a hundred people, quite a few dogs, and even a few babies in running strollers all hanging outside the brewery.  It was a community of people, there were all levels of runners and an atmosphere of encouragement and friendliness.  There were people there that had run marathons and people there to just take their dog on a little jog.  No matter what pace you run, you will have others there with you every step of the way.
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I remember my first run at NoDa Run Club and I actually was talking to a friend and didn’t see a crack in the sidewalk.  Needless to say, I tripped and fell and before I could even react to get up, two runners I did not know behind me had grabbed my arms, pulled me up and put me back on my feet.  For those that are not the most motivated to run, when you have people surrounding you on every side and you are part of a sea of runners taking over entire roads, it becomes a source of energy to encourage you to finish the run.
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Since that first day, I have made Run Club a standing commitment every Wednesday. Not only am I a regular but I have invited more and more of my friends to come, whether they like to run and drink craft beer or not.  It is the experience of community and the fellowship of doing something good for your health with others.  I have made new friends and my love for beer has only continued to grow.  I have seen my runs get easier and my times get faster. Possibly my growth in love for beer has become the motivation to run faster to get the back to the brewery sooner, who knows. Either way, it is exciting when you see yourself improve and I think the more you run the more you love to run. It is always better to do things in community and running is the best with friends alongside you and a good beer waiting for you at the end.
Noda running club runs a 1, 3, or 5 mile route every Wednesday from NoDa Brewery at 2229 North Davidson Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205 at 6:30 pm.  Lindsay can be found on twitter at @linstigator and around Charlotte just being awesome!

Chicago Stories: How David Had A Better Brewery Tour Than Goliath!

So the last day of last years baseball season I took a trip from Chicago to Milwaukee to see the last baseball game of the season with Padres taking on the Brewers.  First off it was a visit to the second largest brewery in America: Miller Brewing Company!

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English: Entrance to Miller Brewery in Milwaukee. Svenska: Infart till Millerbryggeriet i Milwaukee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visiting Miller the first thing I noticed was a really cool VW van in the parking lot.  What was the purpose of this VW van?  Well keep that question a question because I am still clueless for that one.   Once inside the brewery there was a good-sized gift shop with a multitude of gift items several of the other brands that Miller operates with (Leinenkugel, Blue Moon, Peroni, etc).  The more ironic thing is that they do the photo booth thing just like other amusement parks, non-natural museums, and the like!  Also, what was more ironic is that they had all of these toys to play with like hulk hands and a keg.  This being said if you were under the age of 21 (like the Hasidic Jewish family with five kids under the age of 21) then you can’t pick up or touch these items.

Once inside there was a seven minute presentation about the beginings of Miller brewing and the “Girl in the Moon”  Now every Wikipedia and media article will tell you that the “Girl in the Moon”  was Fredrick Miller’s granddaughter.  This may or may not be the case. During the video presentation I learned:

  1. It could have been Fredrick Miller’s grand daughter.
  2. It could have been his mistress.
  3. It was that girl that he secretly crushed on but couldn’t get the cojones to speak to.
  4. It was a marketing campaign that came in a vision after a dream.
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Miller Brewery (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This being said I don’t know if there was a concrete story to the “Girl in the Moon”.

Later it felt like the tour was all about Miller owning a ton of brands and making a ton of beer.  It felt like they had the money to put into it and let the money do the talking.  Also the 47 optional steps should have been left as an option because at the top of those steps it smelled like rabbit poop! They also had a huge light up board bragging of all the brands that Miller sells and distributes. At the end there was a beer hall of about 25 people and they poured High Life, Lite, and Leinenkugel’s Oktoberfest.

I’m not saying not to do this tour but to go into it knowing what it is.

The next day I had planned on going to Madison and Iowa but I decided to stay in Milwaukee another day.  Go out for a run in the city to get a feel of it and then leave but instead I figured it would be good to visit another brewery.  This led me to….

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Lakefront Brewery!

The only problem I may have had with Lakefront was trying to find my way there and parking at the brewery. I parked on a street about a quarter of a mile away from the brewery but this wasn’t even that big of a deal because I was running a marathon three days later!  This being said it was a $5 tour with four  4 oz pours, a free pint glass, and a free Lakefront beer at several select bars in the Milwaukee area (probably over half of the bars in the greater Milwaukee area).  What was also really cool was the fact that their tasting room had an awesome empty warehouse feel!  Also, there were several stopping points during the tour where you got to fill up and not stop drinking!  Larry, Curly, and Moe are the tops of the first three fermenting tanks that were at Lakefront.  They have now been turned into awesome structures in the front of the brewery! And if you were wondering there were as many people at the Lakefront tour as there were the Miller tour.

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What was awesome about this tour was the history that was involved with Lakefront. How they bought their location on the riverfront for $1 because the City of Milwaukee wanted to build up that area. When county stadium was torn down in the 90’s Bernie’s Chalice (pictured above) and slide was bought by Lakefront.  When the new owners of Miller (ironically not Miller brewing company) park came back to the owner of Lakefront they were looking to buy the Chalice and slide back they were looking to buy the for a price in the hundreds of thousands of dollars the owner of Lakefront proposed that they could have them as long as the Lakefront logo was to remain on the front of the Chalice.  Even the bottling line was the one that was used from the 70’s tv show Laverne and Shirley:

What made Lakefront a pleasurable experience was that it was a genuine tour where it wasn’t how big they were, but how big the product was that made and the truthful history behind it.  If you are in Milwaukee then visiting Lakefront Brewery is a must!

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On Ms. Vandy Leaving

On Leaving. – For perfect reference as to what’s being mentioned.

I meant for this to be a repost which will just take what Vandy says and send it out to our followers.  That being said I think it is best to leave  Heather with what she left us with:

When you do a google search on “Beer and Running” you will find craftbeerandrunning.com on the beginning of page 5. Heather Vandy’s article on beer and running shows up on page 1 just below the beer runner.  I made the decision eight years ago to move to Boston and I look back at it with no regrets.  Your decision to leave will be the next chapter on a continuous journey!  Thank you Heather,  you have done so much for us here in Boston and will will always appreciate you for it!

Cheers Vandy!

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P.s. You’re leaving us all Saaz!

Races To Run September 2013

It’s that time of month again to assess which races are the best and will have the best beer at them.  Unfortunately we did miss a couple of races but we do recommend a few other ones!:

Race of the Month:

VERT- Big Bad Wolf (9/21/2013)- Ipswich, MA:

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Having personally ran the course this course last weekend I can say that it is one of the most beautiful views of land you will ever run on.  Also running up and down a huge hill to start and finish the race is something that should get anyone going!  Not only that but there is some beautiful farm land to go along with the course.  Pouring the race will be Notch, Slumbrew, Clown Shoes, and Ipswich/5 mile!  This is not a race to miss at all!

As for some other awesome races as well!:

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Baker’s Dozen Beer Run (9/21/2013) Marshall MI: It is pretty bold to have a doughnut before a run is pretty bold. Doing it before a 1/2 marathon then you get props my friend! Post race refreshments sponsored by Dark Horse Brewing company!

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Trail to Ale 10K (9/22/2013) Portland Me: Looks like a fun race with Shipyard and pie at the end!

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Race Against Cancer Summer Series Race #6 5k (9/26/13) Boston Ma– The last of a new summer tradition for 2013. Come run along the Charles River and enjoy a cold Rapscallion at the end of the race!

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Run Wild Franklin Zoo 5k (9.22.13) Boston Ma:  What could be better than running in a zoo and then drinking beer from Sam Adams, Lagunitas, Mayflower, Long Trail, and Blue Hills?  Get back to me when you have an answer!

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#C5KOKTO – FREE Training Run & Launch Party (9.24.13) Cambridge Ma: Get your Dirndl and Lederhosen ready and come out to run the new Cambridge 5k course.  Free Swag and German food after the run! Post race refreshments from Cambridge Brewing Company. What are you doing on a Tuesday night again?  Thought so!

Das Hustlehoff Fun Run at the 44th Annual Denver Oktoberfest (9.28.13) Denver Co:

This is a fun run were you can dress up in your Dirndl, Lederhosen, or as the Hoff!  Post race refreshment by Sam Adams!

Are there any races with Craft Beer post parties that I missed for this month? Email me at craftbeerandrunning@gmail.com!