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Kegs & Legs Brewery of the Week: Ghost Runners Brewery

Brewery: Ghost Runners Brewery

  • Wednesday & Thursday 4:30pm – 9pm
  • Friday 3:00pm – 9pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 2:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: 4216 NE Minnehaha St #108, Vancouver, WA 98661

Flagship / Most Popular Beers:

  • 5k IPA – Has been a core product since we started in 2012.
  • Boston Ale (Double American Red)  – Trending well, especially on Nitro
  • Pre-HOPtaine – Our Newest beer, an Imperial IPA with Mosaic hops, tropical notes of tangerine, blueberry, citrus, and a whisper of rose hips.
  • Core and seasonal beers offered (in addition to above):
  • Hydro Station IPA
  • Negative Split Stout
  • Strong Leg Stout
  • Elite
  • Pace Breaker
  • Turkey Trot
  • Phantom Series – Blanca, Rojo, and Azul

22 oz offering of 5K IPA and the Washington Beer Award-winning Imperial Red Phantom Rojo are available at New Seasons, Whole Foods, Grocery Outlet and other bottle shops and convenience stores.

We tossed some questions to Jeff at Ghost Runners:

Run Oregon: How did you get started?

Ghost Runners Brewery: GRB got its brewing start as a collaboration of two home brewers that loved beer and running.  After a few friends at a BBQ one summer said, ” you guys make great beer, you should start a company”. We responded (perhaps with some beer-tainted brains) by applying for a Federal and State license.  In Washington at the time, we were able to start a small 1bbl brewery in my backyard and self distributed for the first year selling our beer to local Vancouver, WA bars and restaurants.  We expanded to a 10bbl brewhouse and taproom in an industrial part of Vancouver late 2014.

RO: How did you come up with your name?
GRB: We believe that the term we use for our namesake – Ghost Running  – really is that out-of-body experience or “runners high” we sometimes achieve. It’s pretty awesome. Whether you are a runner, biker, hiker, climber, swimmer, or cross fitter, in the PNW we all do something and have had that feeling of endorphins entering the bloodstream. For me, drinking great beers is the motivation and reward after a run.  Why? Because we deserve it.  In fact, that slogan is printed on our bottles, You deserve great beer.

RO: What is your relationship with running and/or fitness community?
GRB: At GRB, we love what exercise does for our body and how fun running can be. Most runners I know drink beer, and we think most drinkers should run. Ha! Locally we have partnered with Energy Events. We help sponsor the Vancouver USA Marathon  with one the coolest water stations and provide beer at the finish at a beer garden. We have also worked with Fleet Feet Sports PDX in Vancouver for their Pint Society Pub runs. Our favorite local run group is the Run, Grub, and Chug. Other clubs we have partnered with are the Flying Irish in Spokane.

First and foremost, GRB is a brewing company dedicated to produce a premium beverage to those that enjoy great beer. We select the finest ingredients, and labor over them until the notes, tastes, and visuals are just right. You don’t have to be a runner to enjoy our beers. We love our beers and think most people will too.

RO: Do you have a favorite running event or story?
GRB: Some of my favorite running events have to be Hood To Coast.  What can be better than running in the middle of the night with your friends, having a beer after each leg, and finishing up on the beach with all your running buds for a big party. Sign me up.

RO: Where should runners visiting get in some miles?
GRB: My favorite route is near my house in the Salmon Creek area of Vancouver. It’s a great training run for just about any event under 10k. It has a little bit of neighborhood hills with some flats on a great creek trail. In the mornings, you get a great sunrise view over the creek. It’s kinda magical.

 
 
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About Matt Rasmussen (933 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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