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Matt & Marilyn’s 2018 Guide to Running and Drinking

Within the past year or so, there has been some increased writing about beer and wine on the pages of Run Oregon. While this comes from Matt’s constant pursuit of visiting every brewery in America (he has been to over 400) and the increase of events showcasing Oregon’s bounty of the nectar of the gods, it only makes sense. You can read about beer and wine in Matt’s Kegs & Legs features.

Even though Marilyn has left Run Oregon from blogging, we still remain close and decided to do an updated feature. Here’s a little bit from her:

Hey, Run Oregon readers—it’s good to be back for a guest post! I bowed out of the running scene in late 2015 after getting hit by a car while out on a run, and I’ve spent the last few years focusing on recovery and strengthening my body through Barre3. I became an instructor at Barre3 Felida in Vancouver, WA a little over a year ago and LOVE helping people feel empowered in their own bodies. While I don’t get the mileage that I used to, I still love to try new beers and log them on Untappd.

You can follow them on Untappd.

Beer of Choice:
Matt – Still IPA’s, but have been into the “haze craze” lately these past few months. Also, if I find a Porter on Nitro, consider me sold.
Marilyn – Any beer I haven’t tried yet, especially if it’s limited edition.

Favorite Oregon Beers
Matt –

  • 3-Way IPA from Fort George (Astoria)
  • Terry Porter (Nitro) from Gilgamesh (Salem)
  • Socks & Sandals from Stickmen (Lake Oswego)

Favorite Washington Beer:
Marilyn – 

  • Jui-cy This? Blackberry Milkshake IPA from Mt. Tabor (Vancouver/Portland).
    • The perfect post-Barre3 beer—it’s refreshing and fruity with very little hoppiness. And the pub is conveniently located in the same complex as the studio!

Favorite Oregon Ciders
Matt –

  • Concord Grape from Portland Cider Company
  • Pacific Pineapple from 2 Towns (Corvallis)
  • Cherrians from 1859 (Salem)

Favorite Washington Ciders:
Marilyn –

  • Blueberry Pomegranar from Rusty Hop Brewing Co. at Rusty Grape Vineyards (Battle Ground, WA)
  • Smoked Blueberry cider from Locust Cider (Woodinville, WA)

Favorite Non-Oregon Beer
Matt –

  • Hookah Juice IIPL from Fat Heads (North Olmsted, OH though they used to have a NW Portland location)
  • Crack a Fruit from Matchless (Tumwater, WA)

Favorite Non-Washington Beer
Marilyn –

  • Honey Ginger Lime sour ale from Cascade Brewing (Portland, OR)
  • Palisades Pineapple from Golden Road Brewing (Los Angeles, CA)

Favorite Non-Oregon Cider
Matt –

  • Grapefruit & Chill from Schilling (Seattle – thought they do now have a Portland location in SE)

Favorite Non-Washington Ciders

  • Pilcrow Ginger Spiced Cider from Reverend Nat’s Cider (Portland, OR)
  • Spicy Mango Tepache from Reverend Nat’s Cider (Portland, OR)

BONUS —Favorite Kombucha:

  • Lavender or Ginger Peach Kombucha from The BU Kombucha (California)
    • Organic, fizzy, and flavorful—-with no vinegar taste/smell!

We also went through our calendar and highlighted some great races and running events around the area that showcase or highlight beer. Many professional race companies and races offer a post-race beer or two from a local brewery (i.e. Run Wild Adventures and Seven Brides Brewing, Shamrock Run and Widmer, etc), so we aren’t listing all of those here.

Post-Race Beer Festivals

Post-Race Wine Festivals

Post-Race Spirits

Beer Races

Wine Races

Beer Relays

Running (and drinking) Groups

About Matt Rasmussen (1338 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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