I love beer. After now having visited over 390 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 the first event of the 2018 Oregon Brewery Running Series summer series – BEER QUEST – held at StormBreaker Brewing in North Portland. We thought it would be fitting to showcase a beer on the week leading up to the event to know what will be on tap! This week’s beer is the When I Froot, I Froot for… (Guava & Mango) – which is available in bottles and on draft at the brewery.
Let’s first talk about Beer Quest. It is labeled as a 5k, though it’s really up to each individual runner just how many miles they want to put in. In a simplified description – you have to earn your beer at the post-race Mini Beer Fest. Runners will start at StormBreaker, but there is no set course, so you can cruise in a loop or criss-cross through NOPO to get some additional miles in. Here’s where you need to get to: Ecliptic Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Lompoc Brewing, Widmer Brothers Brewing, Labrewatory, Old Town, and Ex Novo Brewing.
At each location, runners will receive a hole punch on their card, which they can then turn in at the beer fest for samples from that brewery. Once your card is filled, head back to StormBreaker and redeem your card – each punch is redeemable for one 4 oz pour of that brewery’s beer. There are also additional (secret) ways to gain points along the way to become the overall champion. This doesn’t just include speed – some strategy will be involved as well!
Oregon Brewery Running Series – StormBreaker Brewing
When: Saturday, June 16th at 10am
Where: Storm Breaker Brewing (map)
Registration: $35 (includes entry, taster glass, 8 taster tickets, and shirt
I was at StormBreaker this past week for a podcast interview with Nathan from Oregon Brewery Running Series and got to sample both this beer and their newest version, which is only available on draft and has added dragonfruit, strawberry, guava, and lemon. Both were really refreshing! In both options, StormBreaker starts with their standard blonde ale base and does a good job at providing a nice mixture of complex fruitiness (180 pounds worth of fruit) without going over the top.
I had just crushed their Triple Double IPA (gold medal award winning), so I feel like my palate was a bit shot when I tried it in the brewery. However, I was lucky enough to have been gifted a bottle and having at home to try again was ideal. It is really fresh and drinkable – a rush of fruit up front followed by a tiny amount of bitterness on the back end. It’s perfect for summer days, as well as to quench thirst post-race. I found the newest version to be much fruitier (and pours a bright pink hue) with the lemon really brings out a summery taste. Again, that one is only available on draft.
Come out to Beer Quest on the 16th and sample these beers and a bunch of others as well!
- When I Froot, I Froot for the… (Guava & Mango)
- ABV: 5.2
- IBU: 32
- Sunday – Monday 11am til 10pm
- Tuesday – Thursday 11am til 11pm
- Friday – Saturday 11am til 12am