Chug, Run, Repeat!

In 2017, the SWIRCA BrewMile will be a standalone event on Saturday, July 15th at Historic Bosse Field. This event will be the official kickoff for ticket sales to SWIRCA’s BrewFest held on Saturday, September 23rd at Historic Bosse Field.

This event modeled after the nation’s official “Beer Mile” consists of a one mile race while consuming four beers along the way. Chug, run, repeat. Food trucks and a beer garden will be available for spectators.

*Please drink responsibly and arrange for a safe ride home.


So How Does It Work?

The race will begin with a 12 ounce beer that must be consumed in the “Chug Zone” before the runner can begin their lap. Four laps, four beers. We will have three different race categories- competitive, relay or fun run. The beer will provided for the runners. The type of beer will be Coors Banquet with a 5% ABV to comply with the official  Beer Mile Rules. Be warned though, anyone who pukes must run an additional lap! Every runner must be 21 years or older and show their ID at registration.

All runners must have a Designated Driver!

Click here to view the 2016 Race Results


Registration will open mid- April. Registration is available online or at SWIRCA’s office.

Please Note: If you do not wish to pay the processing fee charged by Eventbrite, you may register by calling SWIRCA at 464-7800, stopping by our office located at 16. W. Virginia St. Evansville, IN 47710 or mailing in the paper registration form. 

Individuals- (Competitive and Fun Run). This includes the race, four beers, a t-shirt, and a BrewFest glass.

Teams (Relay). Teams of four with each individual drinking one beer and running one lap. Included is the race, four beers, four t-shirts, and four BrewFest glasses.

As this event is a fundraiser for SWIRCA & More, we can’t refund tickets. This is a rain or shine event.


What’s The Difference Between the Categories?

Competitive– This race is for the serious runners. The fastest Male and Female runners will become the King and Queen of the BrewFest and receive a prize package including VIP tickets!

Relay– Groups of four people each drinking one beer and running a quarter mile (1 lap).

Fun Run– Not a serious runner? No problem! Want to walk the race?! This is the race for you. Run, walk, skip, do whatever you need to do to finish the race! The fun run will still consist of four beers and four laps. Costumes are encouraged!

Do I have to have a Designated Driver?

Yes, every runner is required to have a designated driver. No runner can compete until their DD  has signed in. Relay teams are permitted to share on DD per the four team members.

Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

All runners must be 21 years or older with a valid ID. No one without an ID will be permitted to run. Anyone wanting to enter the Beer Garden must also be 21 years or older. Guests coming to watch can be of any age.

What can’t I bring to the event?

CAN’T BRING: weapons, open bottles, glassware, alcohol, drugs or paraphernalia, or firearms.

All beer for the race will be provided by SWIRCA. If you wish to have an additional drink, you can purchase one in the beer garden. No alcohol can leave the beer garden.

Can I bring my own beer? 

No, the beer will be provided by Coors Brewing Co. Competitive runners will drink Coors Banquet to comply with the Official Beer Mile rules of a 5% ABV beer. Relay teams and Fun Runners can choose between Coors Banquet or Coors Light. All team members must agree up one product.

We will also have a beer garden selling beer during the event. This is open to runners and spectators.

Can I have a pinch runner/ pinch drinker?

No, each runner must drink the beer and run the lap themselves.

If you feel as if you are unable to finish the beer or race, please stop. Listen to your body and do what’s best for your health. 

Can I shotgun/puncture/bong the beer?

No, the can cannot be punctured in any way. This will keep the race consistent with the Official Beer Mile Rules.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

We will have registration lists at the door but to be safe, please bring your ticket with you.

What happens if it rains?

This is a rain or shine event. If severe weather hits, we will assess whether to cancel or not. A cancellation will be notified via email and social media.

What is the refund policy?

This event is a fundraiser for SWIRCA & More, we can’t refund tickets.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Any additional questions can be sent to brewfest@swirca.org or call 812-464-7800.

*The schedule of the races will be released closer to the event. Additional heats will be added if needed.



 2016 Sponsors




*Taken from the Official Beer Mile Website

1. Each competitor drinks four cans of beer and runs four laps, ideally on a track (start – beer, then lap, then beer, then lap, then beer, then lap – finish).
2. Beer must be consumed before the lap is begun, within the transition area which is the 10 meter zone before the start/finish line on a 400m track.
3. The race begins with the drinking of the first beer in the last meter of the transition zone to ensure the comptitors run a complete mile (1609 meters).
4. Women also drink four beers in four laps (past rule lists only required ladies to drink three beers).
5. Competitors must drink canned beer and the cans should not be less than 355ml (the standard can volume) or 12oz (the imperial equivalent). Bottles may be substituted for cans as long as they are at least 12 oz (355 ml) in volume.
6. No specialized cans or bottles may be used that give an advantage by allowing the beer to pour at a faster rate. ie “super mega mouth cans” or “wide mouth bottles” are prohibited.
7. Beer cans must not be tampered with in any manner, ie. no shotgunning or puncturing of the can except for opening the can by the tab at the top. The same applies with bottles – no straws or other aids are allowed in order to aid in the speed of pouring.
8. Beer must be a minimum of 5% alcohol by volume. Hard ciders and lemonades will not suffice. The beer must be a fermented alcoholic beverage brewed from malted cereal grains and flavored with hops.
9. Each beer can must not be opened until the competitor enters the transition zone on each lap.
10. Competitors who vomit before they finish the race must complete one penalty lap at the end of the race (immediately after the completion of their 4th lap). Note: Vomitting more than once during the race still requires only one penalty lap at the end. * It is strongly recommended, when attempting official records, to tip the empty beer can or bottle over your head at the end of a chug to verify an empty vessel.
Beer Mile
For more information on Official Beer Miles, check out their website- www.beermile.com