BREWERY THROWDOWN

Local Breweries Race to Take Home the Gold!

Congrats to Team Ponysaurus on being crowned 2018 Brewery Throwdown Champion! 

 

The Mill Chill adds an exciting fun twist to our race called the “Brewery Throwdown”.  We have 26 local craft breweries that have accepted the challenge of finding out which brewery is the fastest on foot.  To do this they are recruiting friends, customers, and employees to run on their team in the Mill Chill 4-Mile race.  

 

When you register to run you have the option to pick a team, or simply let us put you on a team.  Your performance on race day just might be what it takes to earn the championship trophy for a local brewery!  The top five men and top five women on each brewery team will earn points.  The team with the lowest point total wins the trophy and bragging rights for a year!  Have questions?  Check out the FAQs below.

2019 CHAMPION: Ponysaurus   -   RUNNER UP: Trophy

2018 CHAMPION: Bond Brothers   -   RUNNER UP: Koi Pond

2017 CHAMPION: Trophy   -   RUNNER UP: Koi Pond

Team Ponysauraus 

Location: Durham, NC - host of the "Pony Run Club"

Captain: The mythical Ponysauraus (of course)

Team FuelAny Ponysauraus beer

Team Performance: 1st - 2018, 12th - 2017

Motto: We make the beer beer would drink if beer could drink beer

Team Trophy Brewing

Location: Raleigh, NC - two locations!

Captain: David Meeker - two time NC Beer Mile runner up

Team Fuel: Beer Mile Pal Ale - A 5% cloudly New Elngland IPA

Team Performance: 2nd - 2018, 5th - 2017; 1st - 2016

Motto: Not everyone wins, but everyone gets a Trophy!

Team Bond Brothers

Location: Cary, NC

Captain: Teagan O'Rascal - Chief Brew Dog

Team Fuel: Long Stride, of course

Team Performance: 3rd - 2018, 1st - 2017

Motto

Team Koi Pond Brewing

Location: Rocky Mount, NC - The cities first craft brewery

Captain: Josh Parvin - Co-owner and Chief Beer Slinger

Team Fuel: Kilt of Personality

Team Performance: 4th-2018, 2nd - 2017, 2nd - 2016

MottoTired of coming in second. . . look out!

Team Big Boss

Location: Raleigh, NC - home to the largest brewery run club in NC

Captain: Jon Odgers

Team Fuel: Bad Penny

Team Performance: 5th - 2018, 3rd - 2017

MottoNo Pain.  No Beer.

Team 217 Brew Works

Location: Wilson, NC overlooking the Whirligig Park

Captain: Tom Curran

Team Fuel:

Team Performance: 6th - 2018, 7th - 2017

Motto: We will give this running thing a "whirl"

Team HopFly   Brewing Co

Location: Rocky Mount, NC - in the Rocky Mount Mill's Beer Garden

Captain: Cam Schulz

Team Fuel: Jalapeno Saison

Team Performance: 7th - 2018, 13th - 2017

Motto:   If you ain’t first, you’re last

Team Tarboro  Brewing

Location: Tarboro, NC & Rocky Mount, NC

Captain:  Inez Ribustello - Owner
Team Fuel:  Downtown Abbaye - real Belgian caramel syrup in every sip!

Team Performance: 8th - 2018, 8th - 2017; 3rd 2016

Motto: Drink early, drink late, and drink often.

Team Double Barley

Location: Smithfield, NC with a tap room and restaraunt 

Captain:  Emma Davis

Fuel: Touche IPA - perfect pre & post-race drink!  (Chocolate Milk is for wussies)

Team Performance:  9th - 2018, 10th - 2017

Motto You can't drink all day unless you start in the morning.

Team Funguys Brewing

Location: Raleigh, NC

Captain: The Shroom!

Fuel: Lunchbox Sours

Team Performance: 11th - 2018

Motto

Team Lonerider 

Location: Raleigh, NC - the unofficial brewer of beer for outlaws.

Captain:  Shotgun Betty

Team Fuel:  Hoppy Ki Yay Indian Pale Ale.  Good for out running the sheriff.

Team Performance: 12th - 2018, 18th - 2017

Motto:  There is an outlaw in all of us.

Team Duck Rabbit

Location: Farmville, NC

CaptainThe Rabbit. . . errr. . . The Duck!  No wait, maybe it's the Rabbit.

Team Fuel: Hoppy Bunny

Team Performance: 13th - 2018, 15th - 2017

Motto: Just hopping along, mile after mile

Team Mason Jar 

Location: Fuquay, NC

Captain:  

Team Fuel:  

Team Performance:  14th - 2018

Motto:  Coming soon

Team Uptown Brewing

Location: Greeville, NC

Captain: Chris - Owner Fleet Feet, Greenville

Fuel: Billy Beer - America's Light Craft Beer

Team Performance: 15th - 2018

Motto: "It's not swagger.  I just left the pub run."

Team BDD Brewing Company

Location: Rocky Mount, NC & Coming Soon in Zebulon!

Captain:  Sasquatch

Team Fuel:  Squatch and the Giant Peach

Team Performance: 18th - 2018

Motto:  Mankind is not a race of noble savages, but primitive monsters hide inside us, elusive as Sasquatch

Team Spaceway

Location: Rocky Mount, NC

Captain: Briana Brake

Fuel: Pirate Jenny Double IPA

Team Performance: 19th - 2018

Motto: We are simply out of this world.

Team Brice's Brewing

Location: Garner, NC - We focus on Belgian Inspired Beers, but have an extensive list of rotating beers.

Captain: Kris Bengtson

Team Fuel: Strange Attractors IPA

Team Performance: 20th - 2018

Motto: We are driven by competition and beer.  Sweep the leg!

Team White Strret 

Location: Historic Wake Forest, NC and brewing for seven years.

CaptainEmmalyn

Team Fuel: Hoptimist IPA - Like us, it acts tough but is surprisingly sweet!

Team Performance: 21st - 2018, 16th - 2017

MottoWe RUN our small town (one mile at a time)

Team Boondocks Brewing

Location: The mountains of West Jefferson, NC

Captain: Gary Brown - Owner and Head Brewer

Team Fuel:

Team Performance: 23rd - 2018, 6th - 2017

Motto: We've has been running circles around folks for years!

Team Deep River Brewing

Location: Clayton, NC

Captain: Unicorn

Team Fuel: Bitter Unicorn Tears

Team Performance: 2019 New Debut!

Motto: We've heard there is free beer at the finish line. . .

Team Fortnight Brewing

Location: Cary, NC

Captain

Team Fuel: BringDaRuckus

Team Performance: 2019 New Debut!

Motto: At Fortnight, we bring da ruckus!

Team Oak City Brewing

Location: Knightdale, NC

Captain

Team Fuel

Team Performance: 2019 New Debut!

Motto

Team Pitt Street Brewing Co.

Location: Greenville, NC

Captain

Team Fuel: Articles of War Double IPA

Team Performance: 14th - 2017

Motto

Team Tar Banks

Location: Louisburg, NC

Captain: Ron Cocks

Team Fuel: Tar Banks Brown Ale

Team Performance: 2019 New Debut!

Motto: Can't fully enjoy life sitting on the banks of the river.  Jump in!

Team Harlem Brew South

Location: Rocky Mount, NC

Captain: Los (Carlos Webb)

Team Fuel: Sugar Hill

Team Performance: 2019 New Debut!

Motto: Bringing the heart of Harlem, NY to the South!

Team Tobacco Wood Brewing

Location: Oxford, NC

Captain:

Team Fuel: Rocket City - Juniper Kolsch

Team Performance: 2019 New Debut!

Motto:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: DOES IT COST MORE TO BE ON A TEAM?  
A: No.  Your normal race entry includes your assignment to a team.

Q: CAN I STILL GET AN INDIVIDUAL AWARD?
A: Yes.  The team competition does not impact overall or age group awards.  It is just some added fun for race day!

 

Q: HOW CAN PEOPLE TELL WHICH TEAM I AM ON?
A: Your race number will be a special color on race day (See the colors above).  We encourage some light hearted smack talk among the teams, but of course remind you all this is a family friendly event raising money for Multiple Sclerosis.  Have fun, but be kind!

Q:  CAN MY KIDS BE ON A TEAM?

A:  Yes!  Anyone in the 4-mile race can be on a team.  We are a family friendly event and being on a team does not involve consuming alcohol.  Our participating breweries are kid friendly and visited by families every day.  We see no reason why kids shouldn't be able to join in the fun of a team.  We of course always encourage parents to be responsible with all decisions involving alcohol.

Q: HOW ARE THE POINTS HANDLED?
A: The top five men and top five women for each brewery team will earn points.  To determine the score we will take the overall finishing place in the race of each runner and total up the first five men and the first five women. For example:

  • 5th place male earns 5 points for his team .

  • 3rd place female earns 3 points for her team.

  • 70th place male earns 70 points for his team. . . Etc.

After we have 5 male and 5 female finishers the points are no longer added to the team totals.  The lowest point total wins.  

Q: THAT SOUNDS CONFUSING.  WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
A: Nothing!  Just run and have fun.  We will calculate the scores and announce the winner in the result.

Q: DO THE RUNNERS GET SOMETHING IF THEIR TEAM WINS?
A: Yes.  Bragging rights.  There is no additional award for being on a winning team.  You will have a chance to yell, cheer, high five, and hug each other when we announce the winning team however.