Tim Cigelske has reached the bottom of the keg after a three-year streak of running at least one mile and drinking one craft beer every day.
Since he started on Oct. 4, 2010, the runner, blogger and social media expert from Milwaukee logged 5,320 miles and drank more than 2,000 beers, including 750 different varieties. He lists his favorites as Bells Hopslam, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton Imperial IPA, Hello My Name is Joe by 3 Sheeps, Goose Island Bourbon Count Brand Coffee Stout, Milwaukee Brewing Co’s O-Gii and “too many others too numerous to mention.”
The demands of work and family signaled last call.
“I started because I wanted a new challenge for the last year in my 20s, and a yearlong daily running and beer streak definitely qualified as new and different,” said Cigelske, 32. “I only intended to do this for a year, so the last two years have been a bonus.
“Over the last year it’s been difficult to maintain the streak between a family, full time job, grad school, coaching and freelance writing and consulting. Since my wife is due on Oct 24th with our second child, I decided the three-year anniversary of the streak just prior to the baby’s arrival would be a good time to wrap things up. I still intend to run, drink beer and write about it — there’s no stopping that — but now I have the flexibility to take a day off if I need it.”
Cigelske shared his miles and beers through his Beer Runner blog for Draft Magazine. He also shared a few of the lessons he learned through his commitment.
“I learned that you can do more than you think you’re capable of,” he said. “I broke new personal records for distance and speed during this streak, and felt like I was in the best shape of my life. I also learned that even though craft beer and running may initially sound like strange bedfellows, there are a lot more people out there like us than people may realize.
Cigelske has invited those people to join him for one more round Thursday night at the Milwaukee Brewing Co., 613 S. 2nd St.