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Kegs & Legs Partnership: Oregon Brewery Running Series & StormBreaker (Drink Handful of Hops 2.0 and Winter Coat ’18 at the race on March 3rd!)

I love beer. After now having visited over 360 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer cider drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages. Check out previous posts here!

Coming up THIS WEEKEND, is race number 4 of the 2018 Oregon Brewery Running Series – held at StormBreaker Brewing in North Portland. We thought it would be fitting to showcase some on the week leading up to the event to know what will be on tap! This week’s beers are Handful of Hops 2.0 and Winter Coat ’18 – both seasonal bottled options for purchase at the brewery.

Here are some highlights from our race preview:

I remember when this spot used to be owned by Amnesia Brewing back in 2013. StormBreaker took over this spot pretty immediately when Amnesia decided to focus their sights on a location in Washougal. It’s a great location, but parking can be a bear depending on the time (lunchtime on a Saturday may necessitate some walking or arriving earlier). You could do worse things than hang out on Mississippi to kill time. I’m pretty excited that StormBreaker is in the process of remodeling a new location for an eventual move to the St. Johns area. St. Johns has only a few breweries (Occidental & Royale being the main ones), so Stormbreaker should find a cool niche over there.

As a reminder, there’s no time clock and no awards, so have a good time on the course and join the group afterwards for a free drink and giveaways from the brewery and the race series.

Oregon Brewery Running Series – StormBreaker Brewing
When: Saturday, March 3; 11am
Where: Storm Breaker Brewing (map)
Registration: $30 without shirt; $40 with shirt.

Each year, StormBreaker’s Winter Coat varies a little bit. 2017’s version featured blood oranges and plum, and the 2018 version is now out on tap and in bottles, and “cozy” was the word that I used when describing it to my wife. It is a definite cold weather beer that has a variety of different variation without being too boozy or outlandish.  I found it to smell sweet and molass-y, and StormBreaker promotes this with cherries and wolfberries, as well as orange peel. Add in a honey malt, and you get a well-rounded winter beer that begs to be drank in front of a fire.

Much like the Winter Coat, Handful of Hops is going to have a different recipe from year to year as well. The concept behind this beer is that in each batch, the brewery invites members of the community to throw in their own handfuls of hops. Thus, each batch is just a little bit different, “with different hops, different recipe, [and] different handfuls from different people. As someone who has a plan to grow hops this year, this is very exciting! I desperately want to have a hand in this! Handful of Hops day is generally in June, so keep an eye out for it if you grow your own as well!

I’d recommend that you read last year’s What’s Up NW interview with Stormbreaker’s founders, as they are very  clearly tied to the running scene (they have a Bridge to Brews team and talk about “loving to run”.

Also definitely listen to the Oregon Brewery Running Series interview with co-owner Dan Malech for info on both of these beers and how StormBreaker came to be!

See you at the race!



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About Matt Rasmussen (1113 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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