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The Beer Runner's Final Lap
After an impressive three years of running and drinking, the Beer Runner takes a final lap.

Tim “The Beer Runner” Cigelske has put together an impressive streak. Every day for nearly three years Cigelske has run at least one mile and drank at least one craft beer. That totals up to around 5,300 miles and more than 2,000 beers. On Oct. 4, the run comes to an end. Cigelske, who writes a blog documenting his streak, is hanging up the running shoes (at least the everyday running shoes) and taking a day or two off in the future. There’s no earth shattering reason for the decision, Cigelske said simply that three years seemed like a good stopping point.

“There’s no way I would have made it three years without the community of craft beer drinkers and runners behind me,” said Cigelske, who discussed the end of the streak in an August post. “I’ve been inspired by all the people I’ve met on this journey and I’ll continue to run with them, raise a beer to them and tell their stories.”

Milwaukee Brewing Company (613 S. 2nd St.) is celebrating the achievement on Thursday, Oct. 3. The “Victory Lap” party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. and for $15 you can drink all the beer you want and congratulate the Beer Runner.

On a side note, shortly after I started this blog I saw a few pounds show up on the scale thanks to my increased intake of craft beer. I tried Cigelske’s approach as a way to burn off the beer. My “streak” lasted 12 days.

Nice job Tim. 

Hiking, Beer and Nature

Plenty of new beer events pop up every year, but they’re not always fresh ideas. The Frothy Forage on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Riveredge Nature Center (4458 County Hwy Y, Saukville) is a stellar idea. The inaugural event is labeled as a “microbrew hike over the river and through the woods...and prairie, and ponds, kettles and kames.” Fifteen different brewery stations dot the scenery serving beers from breweries like 3 Sheeps, Lakefront, Sprecher, Milwaukee Brewing, and Brenner Brewing. Walk trails in the Wisconsin fall and drink beer while you’re doing it. Hard to beat. The Frothy Forage runs from 2 to 5 p.m. and costs just $50 at the door. Tickets are limited so buy them ahead of time.

Barley Pop of the Week

I’m looking forward to a really cold day so that I can enjoy a Lakefront 25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin in the proper environment. The tasty limited brew is aged in brandy barrels, which gives it a touch of warm booziness perfect for fall drinking. The hint of brandy matches well with a pumpkin and spice flavor that isn’t overpowering (a detriment to some pumpkin beers that taste like pumpkin pie in a bottle). Imperial Pumpkin is an outstanding effort by Lakefront. Get some while it’s still on shelves.

Quick Taps

Founders Brewing announced its newest Backstage Series beer last week. Sweet Repute is a wheat wine aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels (sounds like a great winter beer to me). Sweet Repute will be released in December, but getting some might be tough. 

Props to whoever schedules the monthly meetings for Barley’s Angels (see below). The group visits the Miller Caves to learn more about the Leinie’s Big Eddy series on Nov. 7 and on Dec. 5 they head to the Boelter SuperStore to hear from “The Beer Cook” Lucy Sanders and to taste Christmas beers and cookies. Unique events, and much more than just tasting beer in a bar (which isn’t bad either). Good work angels.

Events Brewing

Thursday, Oct 3: Try your hand at beer geek trivia at Three Cellars (7133 S. 76th St.) starting at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 3: The October meeting for Barley’s Angels takes the crew to Northern Brewer (1306 S. 108th St.) where they’ll brew some beer at 6 p.m. The cost is $5.

Friday, Oct. 4: Discount Liquor Milwaukee (5031 W. Oklahoma Ave.) hands out tasty samples from Bridgeport from 4 to 7 p.m. including Witch Hunt, Hop Czar IIPA and Kingpin Imperial Red.

Saturday, Oct. 5: “Style blending” beers are the samples at Three Cellars from 1 to 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 5: The element of surprise. Discount Liquor Waukesha (919 N. Barstow Ave.) hands out samples of as of yet unannounced beers from 4 to 7 p.m.

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