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The Great Beer Marathon

Brian Taylor

Posted on January 17, 2018 20:46

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"Running" a marathon on my day off.

After a week that saw me make good on my commitment to self improvement, awkward gym selfies and #gainz, I felt like I was fit enough to spend my day off from work on Monday doing a marathon. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but it's been something I've wanted to do since I discovered this unique course existed. Monday afternoon, my girlfriend and I set off to The Running Shop and Hops in nearby Morgan Hill, CA to complete our first marathon. Twenty-six samplers of different craft beers.

Like any serious marathoner, I made sure I did my training and preparation before hand and spent Saturday looking through their tap list on Untappd, my favorite app to keep track of different brews I've had, and picking out 26 distinct beers that I had never tried, making sure to dabble in all different styles. I even included a barleywine, one of the few styles I have yet to find an appreciation for.

Like any demanding marathon course will do, I was quickly derailed from the game plan I set forth when I got to the starting line and discovered that the tap list had undergone a major overhaul from Saturday to Monday, with several of my selections no longer on the menu. 

Once we had finally adjusted and set our course, there they were, 26 sample glasses filled with everything from the clean crisp pilsner, some palate busting sours, of course some IPA, with the challenge at the end of the boozy stouts and brown ales. And what was this, somehow we got an extra pour? 

After cruising through the lighter side of the marathon, we quickly realized that the extra pour may have unintentionally set us off the course. Where was it supposed to go? Have we been checking in wrong beer on Untappd? After putting our heads together and using our beer knowledge paired with pictures from others Untappd checkins, we quickly got back on course.

One of my favorite things about craft beer is the names brewers give to their beers. New Gym Membership by Barebottle Brewing in San Francisco was my favorite name for the day, and naturally required an awkward selfie.

Approximately an hour and a half later, right as the San Jose Sharks were finishing off a big win over the hated LA Kings, we crossed the finish line, about as wobbly and with the same blurred vision of an actual marathon runner. As we sipped our final sip of our final beer, the beertender came over and presented us with our medals, crowing the achievement of the day.

Enjoying a beer is not just about the quality of the beverage, but the experiences you have and the people you're with. Completing my first marathon will always go down as one of those legendary experiences. 

Brian Taylor

Posted on January 17, 2018 20:46

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