Oregon brewery running series

5K Fun run events that start and end at Oregon’s Best breweries. BE ACTIVE. HAVE FUN. GIVE BACK. A Portion of proceeds support local nonprofits.

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Coronavirus Update

(last updated: 6/25/20)

The state of Oregon is now in at least phase 1 across the state. Some areas are further along, but for now, we are still waiting to find out what future events look like in 2020.

We are respecting the guidelines set forth by the CDC and WHO. At this time, we’re postponing upcoming events until September 1. Anyone registered for the events affected will receive detailed email communication about their options.

Please contact us with more comments or questions.

While we may not be able to come together in person right now, nothing can stop us from supporting our local communities. Our mission is to BE ACTIVE, HAVE FUN, and GIVE BACK – that can be accomplished in many ways! We’re working on ways we can still celebrate every finish line, remotely. Stay tuned for some fun updates!

Thank you all for your support of our small business, our local breweries, our fellow small business partners, our nonprofits, and for being a part of this amazing beer run community!

We will all get through this difficult time together, and we can’t wait to give you all a safe and government-approved high five at a BRS finish line soon!

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 and Dollar For Portland.


Be Active

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

2020 Oregon Brewery Running Series


All single events are $30 (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!

Join the Virtual Challenge!

The more you run/walk, the more you earn, during our JULY 2020 quaRUNtine Challenge!

During the past few months of staying home, we have come to realize how beautiful life is. Despite the hardships and unknown future, many of us have experienced beauty in unexpected places: cooking extravagant dinners in the middle of the week, staying up late with the kids, connecting with friends we haven’t seen for a while, learning new skills or discovering new interests or just sitting with a good beverage doing nothing at all. Our team has come to realize how beautiful it is to join together, even virtually, to be active, have fun, and give back.

We invite you to be part of our virtual community here at ORBRS and experience the beauty of encouraging one another to achieve our running and walking goals. Set a specific number of miles to run or walk this month, then push yourself to hit that number!

Despite these challenging times, we hope this experience will be yet another reminder that #lifeisbrewtiful with good friends and good beer. Join us for the next Oregon Virtual Distance Challenge, from July 1 – 31, 2020. A portion of proceeds will go directly to the #EmergeStronger Community Challenge, part of the Oregon Food Bank.

Winter 2020


18th – Kickoff! (NW, Portand)


15LEVEL Beer
(NE Portland)
22 – Hopworks Brewing
(Vancouver, WA)
29 – Vagabond Brewing
     (SE Portland)


7 – Baerlic Brewing
(NE Portland)
14 – Ferment Brewing
     (Hood River, OR)
21 – Ninkasi Brewing
     (Eugene, OR)
28 – Von Ebert Brewing
     (NW, Portland)

spring 2020


18 – Earth Day Brewfest (Hotel Oregon, McMinville)
25 – Heathen Brewing (Vancouver, WA)


2 – Xicha Brewing (Salem, OR)
9 – Migration Brewing (NE PDX)
16 – Backwoods Brewing (NW PDX)


6 – Public Coast Brewing (Cannon Beach)
13 – Beer Quest (StormBreaker, NoPo)
27 – Crux Fermentation (Bend, OR

Summer 2020


11 – Fort George Brewery (Astoria, OR)
18 – Ecliptic Brewing (North Portland)
25 – Oregon City Brewing (Oregon City, OR)


1 – Loowit Brewing (Vancouver, WA)


12 – Ancestry Brewing (Hawthorne, SE Portland)

Fall 2020


3 – Trap Door (Vancouver)
10 – 54-40 Brewing (Washougal, WA)
17 – Portland Cider Co. (Clackamas)
24 – Kennedy School (NE PDX)
31 – Stickmen Brewing (Tualatin, OR)


7 – Base Camp (SE PDX)

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.

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.

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.

Our Partners


Our Amazing Community

We think volunteers are a Brewtiful thing! We can't wait until we can have you back out on the course again, until then who are you cheering on to Be Active, Have Fun and Give Back?!
#volunteers #volunteersrock #orvirtualchallenge #orbrs2020 #orbreweryrun #pdxrunning #pdxbeer #beactive #havefun #giveback #runfardrinklocal #socialdistancing

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The Stories

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

An Update from Ecliptic Brewing with John Harris

An Update from Ecliptic Brewing with John Harris

On this episode of the podcast, we’re talking with John Harris, owner of Ecliptic brewing in North Portland. John tells us not only what Ecliptic is doing to keep everyone safe, but also some of the new beers they have on tap, some collabs they are working on, and an overview of how he thinks the Oregon craft beer scene is doing right now.

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Three way to keep your running simple

Three way to keep your running simple

In this episode of the podcast, we chat with Mark Remy from DumbRunner.com about the only three things you need to know about running. They are less “tips” and more solidly good advice to help you continue pursuing your running and walking goals even when you don’t feel like it and helpful reminders to pay attention to the beauty around you. Listen now!

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The Oregon July Virtual Distance Challenge

The Oregon July Virtual Distance Challenge

Today on the podcast, Drew and Nathan share a little welcome for the July VIRTUAL Distance Challenge. In addition to welcoming everyone, we crack some corny dad jokes, share information about how the challenge works (and prizes too!), and also a bit about why these virtual challenges are meaningful to us.

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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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Our events couldn’t happen without you. We ask for 2.5-hours of your time in exchange for a beer, t-shirt, swag item and free entry to a future event.