Making a beer run has taken on a whole new meaning in South Florida.
While visiting a friend in Austin, Texas, Florida native Kacy Irby participated in a Run for Beer event hosted by the Brewery Running Series and had a blast. The 5K-ish fun run started and ended at a local brewery and combined three of Irby’s interests—fitness, drinking beer, and supporting the community (with a portion of proceeds donated to charities). Irby reached out to the BRS founders and asked how he could get similar runs brewing in the Sunshine State. Under Irby’s management, Florida became one of the now 12 states to offer Brewery Running Series events.
The concept was an instant hit, with 215 participants showing up for the first event at LauderAle Brewery in January. The subsequent runs were equally successful, with numerous participants (including one rescue dog named Jynx) making it to every event during the first season.
Ten breweries in South Florida (including Barrel of Monks Brewing in Boca Raton) are slated for the second season of the Brewery Running Series, which kicked off in October and continues through May.