Frequently Asked Questions

Formerly the Craft Brew Races — The Newport Beer Run is a timed 5k and 3-hour beer festival at Fort Adams State Park.

Not interested in running? No problem! Festival only tickets are available as well. The 3-hour post-race beer festival features sampling of more than 30 breweries, live music and food trucks.

What do I get?2024-02-16T14:04:26+00:00
  • Entry into the 5k and post-race Beer Festival featuring 30+ craft breweries
  • Official pint glass (At the exit when you leave the festival)
  • A finisher’s medal
  • Live music
  • Food vendors will be selling at each event
  • Free beer sampling included with your ticket
What if I don’t want to run?2024-02-16T14:03:07+00:00

No problem! Beer fest only tickets are available, so sleep in then show up for when the festival gates open at 12:30.

How long is the run?2024-02-16T14:06:58+00:00

The Newport Beer Run course is 3.1 mile / 5 kilometer showcase of beautiful Fort Adams State Park. The race starts on the West side of the fort, loops around and through the historic stone walls, before heading out towards the Eisenhower House and back along the oceanside Bay Walk loop.

Walkers are welcome!

Do I have to be 21+?2024-02-16T14:07:28+00:00

YES. This is a 21+ event, no exceptions (No babies, infants and children and pets). We do not allow anyone under 21 into either the race or festival. 

Do I need an ID?2024-02-16T14:07:59+00:00

YES. Yes, you will need your ID in order to receive your 21+ bracelet when you pick up your race bib prior to the race. The bracelet must be worn during the race and presented for entry into the Festival. After you have received your bracelet you will not need your ID again if you’d like to store it.

Festival Only and Designated Driver participants must present their ID at the gate of the Beer Festival following the race.

What if it rains or there is severe weather?2024-02-16T14:11:07+00:00

Our events are held rain or shine. However, there is always the potential for extreme or severe weather conditions. Race organizers will do as much as we can to ensure the experience is as safe as possible. In the event of severe weather, the race may be delayed as race officials consult public safety officers. If there is more than a short delay, if conditions persist, or the forecast calls for extreme weather, race officials reserve the right to alter or cancel the race. We do not schedule “rain dates”. Any decision to cancel an event is done as an absolute last resort and is made collectively with local risk management, police, fire & rescue, and medical personnel as appropriate. In such situations, there will be NO REFUNDS as registrants accept any such risk of their entry free when signing up.

Please check the website, our Facebook page, and your email before the race for any changes or cancellations.

Are there refunds?2024-02-16T14:12:20+00:00

Gray Matter Marketing is a small business dedicated to promoting a healthy lifestyle with charitably focused events that highlight the communities we are fortunate to call host cities.

We are able to offer refunds up to 30 days prior to the event, but within 30 days we have a strict no refund policy, NO EXCEPTIONS. Please don’t ask.

Can I bring my pet?2024-02-16T14:12:41+00:00

NO. We wish! But pets are not allowed during the race or in the festival. Thank you for understanding.

Can I bring my baby, infant, toddler, kid and stroller?2024-02-16T14:12:57+00:00

NO. Both the race and festival are strictly a 21+ events. No exceptions. Strollers are not permitted in the race or at the festival.

Is the race timed?2024-02-16T14:13:27+00:00

Yes. The 5k has individual athlete chip timing and results will be posted on this website and Facebook page following the event.

Are there awards?2024-02-16T14:13:58+00:00

Yes. The top three male and female overall finishers will receive a Craft Brew Races branded award at each event midway through the festival. There are no age group awards.

There are also awards for Largest Team and Fastest Team. Fastest Team will be scored based on the top 3 times with at least one male and one female participant.

Can I volunteer?2024-02-16T14:14:34+00:00

Yes. Absolutely! Sign up to be a volunteer at any Brew Race venue to help with race registration and/or course marshalling and as soon as the run is complete join your running buddies at the festival! All volunteers get a T-shirt. Space is limited! Contact us for more information.

Is there a Designated Driver / Runner Ticket?2024-02-16T14:15:05+00:00

Yes. In addition to the standard Designated Driver ticket we now offer a ticket option that allows participants to run the 5k and then attend the post-race festival with a clearly marked, non-drinking Designated Driver bracelet.

How do I join a team?2024-02-16T14:16:03+00:00

When registering, complete the optional Team question and write in the name of the team.

If you did not select a team or want to edit/manage your team information, please follow these steps.


Saturday, July 20, 2024

10:00 AM: Onsite registration & bib pick-up
11:50 AM: Onsite registration closes
12:00 PM: 5k Race start
12:30 PM: Festival gates open
3:50 PM: Beer Festival last call!


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Please review our Frequently Asked Questions. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.