One of my favorite after run comforts is cold beer. Why not kick back with a cold one after gutting out a 12 mile long run or grinding through a track workout. In fact, one of the top 15K’s in the world, the Utica Boilermaker, ends at a brewery where runners and locals celebrate the race with a keg party in the street! I always run a little harder knowing there is beer waiting for me at the finish.
Sufferfest beer, based in San Francisco and founded by runner Caitlin Landesberg, is gluten-removed beer specifically designed by athletes, for athletes. I was initially a bit nervous that this could be some fruity beer / sports-drink concoction that would leave me fairly upset. Quite the opposite, this gluten-removed brew is tasty and stood on its own as good, quality beer.
It turns out that, like many beers, Sufferfest contains electrolytes, sugars, and carbs that refuel you after working out, shredding the slopes or crushing a weekend long run. In fact, moderate beer intake can preform rehydration fairly well compared to water after exercise according to a 2007 University of Granada study.
Personally, I most enjoyed their “Taper” IPA, but I’m generally an IPA guy and enjoy a good taper before a big race. Sufferfest rounds out their lineup with a blonde, “Shakeout”, and pilsner, “Flyby”. I’ve had gluten-free beer before and it’s been less than stellar — but these have great flavor and that crisp satisfying taste I demand from a beer. It comes in a large 1-pint serving can, which proved to be just the right size for my after run thirst.
If you’re an athlete who loves beer, gluten intolerant, or have friends who are and want something you can all enjoy together without compromising taste and enjoyment — check out Sufferfest.
Full Disclosure: Sufferfest sent me three free 4-packs of beer to aid in my writing of this piece, and to get my spring running jump-started!