Can you chug 12 ounces of a beer at 5 percent ABV or above? Can you do that while running and not spilling the beer all over the track? That’s the goal of a group of runners on Wednesday who will participate in the first-ever world championship event for the beer mile, an activity that’s involved runners doing four laps around a local track and drinking a can of beer with each loop, but the athletic feat hasn’t been official until now.
You can read more about the Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships, taking place in Austin at the Yellow Jacket Stadium, in Statesman fitness writer Pam LeBlanc’s story (linked to above), and about the athletes to watch for during the race. And you can also go cheer on the runners at the free event. They’ll most likely be swigging a can of Hops & Grain beer: a German-style blonde ale, similar to a kolsch, that brewery owner Josh Hare decided to create just for beer mile-chugging.
He had been thrilled when professional runner Chris Kimbrough chose Hops & Grain’s Alt-eration as her beer mile brew last month when she set the women’s beer mile world record (breaking the one previously held for 17 years by Canadian Seanna Robinson, LeBlanc wrote in the story). A runner himself, Hare brewed up a beer even more perfect for a run after his brewery became the official beer sponsor of the Wednesday championships. Although it’s similar to a kolsch, a press release said, he put in “a small amount of dry-hopping to give the beer a spicy hop character that adds a clean, crisp finish.”
Because the rules of the beer mile state that runners must down a beer that can’t be below 5 percent ABV, the Hops & Grain beer clocks in at 5.1 percent ABV. The brewery will also be providing its other beers to spectators.
The Flotrack Beer Mile World Championships start at 5 p.m. Wednesday at 3100 Hargrave St. If you can’t make it to the stadium, the competition is also going to be live streamed on flotrack.com.