On Saturday when the weather was truly spectacular, I had the pleasure of accompanying the guys taking part in the Inaugural London Brewery Run. In the interests of full disclosure, I should let you know that I didn’t actually run myself (although I did enjoy the breweries!)
The plan was simple: run 10km from Crate Brewery in Hackney down to Brew by Numbers in Bermondsey, stopping off at another four breweries along the way. Participants were to consume a half pint at each location (although rumour has it that some drank more!)
The day kicked off at noon when Crate Brewery opened. This is such a great venue and I definitely plan to head back out here to enjoy a beer and a pizza in a less rushed fashion.
Then it was a 50m warm-up run across the car park to the second location, Howling Hops. The runners enjoyed the aptly named Running Beer before setting off on the longest section of their run. (Actually, it was the majority of the run, which the guys say was well planned as it could have been quite difficult to continue if the breweries were evenly placed along the route.)
Once they had survived the Rotherhithe Tunnel under the Thames, they made their way through Canada Water down to Fourpure Brewing Company at the start of the Bermondsey Mile. After stopping in at Partizan Brewing, we discovered that The Kernel Brewery had unfortunately closed at 2pm. Then it was onto the final destination – Brew by Numbers, which was by far the busiest of all the venues. The total time was 2 hours and 50 minutes – not bad, considering all the beer consumed and the 30 degree heat!
If you decide to take on the Brewery Run yourself, let me know how you get on in the comments – just remember to pick up the pace if you want to get to The Kernel before it closes!