Oregon brewery running series

5K Fun run events that start and end at Oregon’s Best breweries and Virtual Challenges to help you stay active all year long. BE ACTIVE. HAVE FUN. GIVE BACK. A Portion of proceeds support local nonprofits.

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2021 Event Passes

2021 SEASON PASS – $279


  • Entry to every non-Brewfest event in 2021.
  • 50% discount to any Brewfest events we host!
  • 2nd FREE beer at each event.
  • Brew Crew VIP T-shirt.
  • 4 FREE Buddy Passes.
  • Extra VIP perks throughout the season.
  • All the miles. All the beers. All the fun!



2021 Multi-Event Packs

Are you planning to do multiple events in 2021 or have a group that wants in on the beer run fun?! Get one of these SHAREABLE multi-event-packs and save over 40%!


  • 5 entries – $119 – (normally $150)
  • 10 entries – $219 – (normally $300)
  • 20 entries – $379 – (normally $600!)

These packs are SHAREABLE!


2021 Schedule

In-Person | Virtual

5K Fun run events and Virtual Challenges to help you stay active year long.

Single events are $30, virtual events are $45 (unless noted) and include one beer, collector’s glassware or seasonal swag item and an invitation to enjoy the days’ scheduled festivities: live music, food, sponsor goodies, giveaways and more!


5K Fun Run/Walk Events


Join us for a socially-distanced 5K (ish) run or walk this year with great beer and great people.

We are still working out many of the details for next season, as there are several unknowns. However, we DO know we will be running and walking at the following great breweries in 2021!

  • Level
  • Von Ebert
  • Trap Door
  • Heathen
  • Fort George
  • Ferment
  • Ninkasi
  • Migration
  • Oakshire
  • 5440
  • Portland Cider
  • Little Beast
  • Baerlic
  • Stickman

For now, all events will feature staggered start times to allow for social distancing. We are planning to have 20 regular events and two Brewfest events. Our Hoppy Earth Day and BeerQuest events are NOT included in the Brew Crew package but sold to Brew Crew members at a 50% discount.

View photos from past events here.


Running/Walking Challenges

Join us for the spring HOP FORWARD Virtual Distance Challenge March 1 – May 1, 2021.

The Oregon Brewery Running Series is back for the two-month HOP FORWARD Virtual Distance Challenge!

From March 1 – May 1, we want to help you run, walk, and hike as many miles as you can en route to a 5K event on May 1!

While it may be challenging to come together in person right now, nothing can stop us from BEING ACTIVE, HAVING FUN, and GIVING BACK!

Be Active

What is the Oregon Brewery Running Series?

The Oregon Brewery Running Series is about inspiring Oregonians to Be Active, Have Fun, and Give Back. We host untimed family-friendly 5K fun runs that start and end at some of Oregon’s best breweries.

Participants walk or run 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew, and a collectors pint glass or seasonal swag item. 10% of our proceeds help support our nonprofit partners, the Oregon Brewshed Alliance, The Oregon Food Bank, and Dollar For Portland.


Be Active

The number of miles we’ve collectively traveled since 2016, 3.1-ish at a time.

Have Fun!

Beer and running are the mechanisms for bringing people together!

We welcome runners, walkers, joggers of all levels. Anyone who wants to get out and enjoy the community is invited to join in the fun! We value the experience of gathering like-minded folks together, and we think every finish line is worthy of a celebration. We support our fellow local businesses and encourage others to do the same. Our commitment to our local community and curiosity in what’s possible is what inspires us to grow!

Give Back

Giving back to our community and supporting great causes is part of who we are. 10% of our proceeds help support these non-profit organizations.

Since our first season in 2016, we have given over $20k to local Oregon nonprofits.

The Oregon Brewshed® Alliance is a coalition of Oregon brewers, brewing community partners, and conservationists who understand the value of clean water and protected forest watersheds. Beer is over 90% water after all, and that water is a product of the land that it flows through. Alliance members work together to educate the craft beer drinking community about protected watersheds and their essential role in Oregon’s celebrated craft brewing industry.

Dollar For helps local families pay overwhelming medical expenses with the power of a community that gives just $1 a month. 100% of every dollar goes directly to families in need. Sign up today.

The Oregon Food Bank collects food from farmers, manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, individuals and government sources. They distribute that food through a Statewide Network of 21 Regional Food Banks and approximately 1,400 food assistance sites serving all of Oregon and Clark County, Washington.

We have also worked with other local non-profits on an event by event basis. NeighborImpact, Made to Thrive, and Hunger-Free Oregon are all doing great work around the state.

Oregon Food Bank Truck

Our Partners


Our Amazing Community

Family-Friendly? YOU BET!

We welcome the WHOLE family to each of our events, so you have no excuse not to bring your underaged running buddies along! Our socially-distanced staggered start times keep numbers low so you don't have to worry about losing them in a crowd.

Kids 12 and under are always free. They can run, run/walk, walk, or get pushed on our lovely neighborhood courses.

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We have our FRIST few events of 2021 on the calendar, with several more coming soon! Link in bio.

Xicha Brewing Company (Salem) – 5/1
Threshold Brewing & Blending (SE PDX) – 5/15
Trap Door Brewing (Vancouver, WA) – 5/29
Public Coast Brewing Company FARM (Banks, OR) – 6/5
Crux Fermentation Project (Bend) – 6/26

We anticipate a full and fun year of beer run fun! As more and more becomes known about the vaccine rollout, and re-opening plans in both Oregon and Washington, we anticipate the calendar to come together fairly quickly. Our plan is to host 20, social-distanced events (for now) in total this year.

Join us!

#orbrs2021 #orbreweryrun #pdxrunning #pdxbeer #beactive #havefun #giveback #runfardrinklocal #socialdistancing

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We are EXCITED to be back at Trap Door Brewing in 2021! Join us on May 29 for a 5K fun run/walk that starts and ends at Trap Door Brewing in Vancouver, WA. We have a beautiful out and back course that "taps" the Columbia river beauty.

Registration link in bio!

#trapdoorbrewing #drinkwabeer #orbrs2021 #orbreweryrun #pdxrunning #pdxbeer #beactive #havefun #giveback #runfardrinklocal #socialdistancing

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HOP FORWARD CHALLENGE UPDATE - Week FOUR 🚨 72 committed runners and walkers from Oregon, Washington, and beyond, continue to roll into the halfway mark! 😷 We've covered 2788+ miles and are well on our way! It's not too late to join (link in bio). Let's keep this 'brewtiful' momentum going as we prepare for our in-person-socially-distanced 5K event on May 1 at @xichabrewing in Salem!

#hopforwardbrs #orvirtualchallenge #orbrs2021 #orbreweryrun #pdxrunning #pdxbeer #beactive #havefun #giveback #runfardrinklocal #socialdistancing

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Another piece of merch for our March & April Virtual Distance Challenge just arrived. There’s still time to register and then join us for our first in person event on May 1. Links are in bio. @stormbreakerbrewing we love this shirt too 🍻 ...

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It’s a GORGEOUS day and it’s going to be a great night to enjoy a beer on your favorite patio! Tell us where you will be heading to support your local brewery! #orbreweryrun #supportlocal #pationights #runforbeer #hopforward ...

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Drew is super excited about TWO great things! Our new sunglasses that are part of the Hop Forward Virtual Distance Challenge swag AND an in-person socially distanced run happening June 5th with @publiccoastbrewing, stay tuned for more details coming soon! #runforbeer #hopforward #orbreweryrun #coolshades ...

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The Stories

Blog and podcast stories from Oregonains being active, having fun, and giving back.

Finishing Strong and Preparing for Race Day – LubDub ep 12

Finishing Strong and Preparing for Race Day – LubDub ep 12

In the 12th episode of The LubDub Show, we hear from the master of all things Heart to Start, Tracie Rose! Tracie is the Program Manager at Basecamp Prevention + Wellness for the Providence Heart Institute. She first started as a participant with Heart to Start eight years ago. She was then a volunteer with Base Camp until moving into her current role a few years ago. Tracie shares a bit about her personal fitness journey, and five tips to help everyone finish their training strong and prepare for race day!

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Understanding Injuries – LubDub ep 11

Understanding Injuries – LubDub ep 11

In the 11th episode of the LubDub Show, we are joined by Eric Marchek, clinical operations manager for the Providence Sports Medicine program. We talk about aches vs pains; how to pay attention to our bodies, and understand when we might need help assessing what a little pain or discomfort really means. This is a great episode for newer runners and walkers who may not know how to interpret these things yet, but also for more experienced folks who are perhaps used to just “toughing it out” or ignoring it altogether.

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Nutrition for your Heart + Training – LubDub ep 10

Nutrition for your Heart + Training – LubDub ep 10

In the 10th episode of the LubDub Show, we are joined by Niki Strealy, a registered dietitian specializing in digestive health as part of Providence Sports Medicine, along with her own nutrition consulting business, Strategic Nutrition, LLC. Niki and Nathan talk about proper nutrition for optimal health in general and share helpful advice about nutritional needs before, during, and after any workout or race. Enjoy!

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About Us

The Brewery Running Series started in Minneapolis in 2012 by Nate Herrington and Morgan Jappe. They wanted to combine their favorite things – being active, drinking beer, and supporting their community. Turns out, a few thousand other locals share those same interests! A few years and tens of thousands of beers and miles later, they decided to branch out.

The Oregon Brewery Running Series is locally owned and operated by Portland and Vancouver residents – Nathan Freeburg and Drew Klinsing. They are the masterminds behind the Oregon/Washington schedule and at the helm of ensuring everyone has a great run/walk, delicious beer, and a fun experience!

2020 will be the FIFTH year Drew and Nathan have been enjoying beer run fun in Oregon and SW Washington.

Our Team

Nathan Freeburg


Nathan started running when he was 14. 25+ years later, he’s still going. When he’s not running, he enjoys exploring the city with his son, reading books with his daughters, finding new restaurants with his wife, traveling, or backpacking. He loves hazy IPA’s, good pizza, and strong coffee.


Drew Klinsing


A novice at so many things, soccer, basketball, baseball, stand up paddle boarding, camping…you get the picture. One thing I am not a novice at is the Pacific Northwest, we love living in the Portland area and exploring all there is to offer especially the breweries that saturate our great area.

Michelle Klinsing

Michelle is a PNW native where she found a love for the outdoors, such as camping snowboarding and paddle boarding with her family. She also enjoys being active with yoga, running, and checking out the Northwest’s restaurants and breweries. She loves to travel any chance she gets, whether to a new beach or a new country!


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