Running the Chicago Marathon? Goose Island Will Give You a Free Beer

Courtesy of Goose Island Beer Co.

At this year’s Chicago Marathon, runners will have more than just a mylar blanket waiting for them at the finish line: Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Co. will give out special edition cans of beer to marathon finishers. The Chicago Marathon announced the news in a tweet, and Runner’s World reports that the the brews will be handed out to runners at the post-race party in Butler Field. Of course, you have to be 21 or older to snag one.

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According to Goose Island, marathoners will be treated to special edition cans of the brewery’s dry-hopped 312 Urban Wheat beer. The cans include a slot to write in the finisher’s race time, and the brew itself should be crowdpleaser: It’s made by adding hops after the beer is brewed, which preserves the “lemony, doughy notes” of the original 312 while adding a little extra kick.


Founded in 1988, Goose Island is a longstanding institution in Chicago, and the company has a history of sponsoring events in the city. The brewery hosts the popular 312 Block Party each year, and this spring Goose Island became the official craft beer partner of the Chicago White Sox (sorry, Cubs fans).

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The Chicago Marathon takes place on October 7th, and if you’re planning on toeing the line this weekend, make sure you grab your beer at the afterparty. If not, you can always go for a run and then celebrate with a good brew from your local grocery store.

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