Thirsty Dog beer offering part of exclusive collaboration with Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation

AKRON, Ohio (June 10, 2015) – As part of its affiliation with the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series, Thirsty Dog Brewing Company has announced the addition of a custom beer to its diverse lineup of offerings. Blue Line Brew will be released in conjunction with the June 27 running of the Thirsty Dog 8k & 1-mile.

Blue Line Brew is a well-balanced and refreshing American ale with 10 IBU’s from the mosaic hops creating a slightly fruity flavor and chocolate malts for the rich amber color and dry finish at 3.4% ABV. It will be one of 20 craft beers available at the Thirsty Dog Brewing Company Runners’ Circle following the June 27 race.

“The Akron Marathon was founded in 2003 to help drive a sense of community in Akron,” said Anne Bitong, Akron Marathon President/Executive Director. “Our partnership with Thirsty Dog is a continuation of that belief, and we’re thrilled to work with a local business that is doing great things and garnering attention on a regional and national level.”

The Thirsty Dog 8k & 1-mile will start and finish at Summa Field at The University of Akron’s InfoCision Stadium. Participants of the 8k will receive a short sleeve shirt, medal with built in beer opener, commemorative pint glass and entry to the Runners’ Circle with five tasting tickets (valid for Thirsty Dog beer tastings or for root beer). One-mile participants will receive a short sleeve shirt, commemorative root beer mug and an entry to the Runners’ Circle with a ticket for a Thirsty Dog craft root beer.

Runners and spectators will also have the opportunity to buy additional beer tickets.

“We felt the name was a great way to pay homage to the place the Akron Marathon has built in our community,” said John Najeway, Thirsty Dog Vice President. “And Blue Line Brew will be great way to celebrate finishing the first leg of the Rubber City Race Series.”

Registration for all three Rubber City Race Series events opened in November with incentives geared toward running multiple events. The entry fee is $55 for the 8k and $25 for the 1-mile, with roughly 3,000 spots available between the two events. The 8k was more than 77 percent full as of May 31. Registration is available at

The 2015 race dates for the inaugural running of the Rubber City Race Series are as follows: June 27 (Thirsty Dog 8k & 1-mile), Aug. 15 (Goodyear Half Marathon & 10k) and Sept. 26 (Akron Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun Run). The dates were developed to help guide runners through a typical training schedule.


About Thirsty Dog

At Thirsty Dog Brewing Company each of our beers is meticulously hand crafted in small batches using the finest ingredients. Our carefully selected ingredients, along with our specially designed recipes and brewing processes, give Thirsty Dog beers unique flavor profiles that are hard to find in today’s mass-market “one size fits all” society. Our craft brewed beers are far more diverse in range and character than the small spectrum of mass-market beers offered to the American public by the large national breweries. For more information on Thirsty Dog please visit


About the Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series

The Akron Marathon Rubber City Race Series is organized by the Akron Marathon Charitable Corporation, a non-profit group founded in 2002 to provide a world-class marathon and other events that promote health and fitness, stimulate the local economy, galvanize the community and benefit charitable organizations. This year will mark the 13th running of September’s marquee event (Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Team Relay & Kids Fun Run), which has grown by more than 300 percent since its inception in 2003. The Series will feature new race dates in June (8k & 1-Mile) and August (Half Marathon & 10k), providing greater opportunity for participation on all levels in the sport of running. Additional information on the Series is available at or by calling (330) 434-2RUN (2786).