Beers and Baskets: Breweries Connect with Disc Golfers

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  1. BeerAdvocate

    BeerAdvocate Founders (16,536) Aug 23, 1996 Massachusetts

    There are over 6,000 disc golf courses scattered across the US today, an enormous number for a niche activity. Craft brewing has seen a similar explosion, so it should come as no surprise that there has been a convergence of these two interests.

    Read the full article: Beers and Baskets: Breweries Connect with Disc Golfers
     
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  2. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (3,550) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Nice article! Haven't played disc gold regularly since I had kids, but I would love to pick it up again. Gonna need an IL brewery to open a DG course attached to the brewery - Id be so down with that.

    Also, major props for not using the term "frolf" :nauseated_face:
     
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  3. Squire

    Squire Poo-Bah (2,373) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi
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    I'm in favor of any game that promotes craft beer.
     
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  4. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,441) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    Nice article. My son is addicted to this sport - plays year 'round at various places. One favorite is Rapscallion in Sturbudge, MA - brewery, farm, disc golf. Smuttynose also made an attempt with a 9 hole course on a corner of the property - probably could have designed a better course, but visitors still play it for fun. I'm sure there are others in New England and some breweries are involved at the sponsorship level.

    Side benefit - some of the amateur and pro-am tournaments he plays give out beer as prizes. He won some Hill Farmstead growlers a couple of years ago that I would otherwise have not tried.

    Let me tell ya...it ain't your Wham-o 1960's Frisbee. It is freakin' HARD. There's not only the dynamics of the game and throwing/walking/maintaining concentration, the different weightings on the discs do different things so there's some next level physics shit going on. SInce trying to play regular golf, I've more or less felt it is a good way to fuck up a perfectly nice walk. I kinda think the same about this except the walking is harder. Plus I am super-competitive and don't want much patience for learning curves. He's tried to teach me how to throw a disc and I can get them to go about ten feet and he can throw a couple hundred yards and hit what he's aiming for. There's a practice basket in my backyard - I can hit maybe 2/10 from 5 feet away and he's tossing discs in at a 60-ish percent rate from 30 - 40 feet. Same adage applies, though - drive for show, putt for dough. He can throw that long way pretty accurately all day long, but sometimes struggles with the short game!
     
  5. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Zealot (550) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    It's a great combination to have good beer, and to wander around in nature attempting to bang chains. I picked it up through some friends I worked with, and knew through the industry when I was working in it about 3 years ago.
    Hopefully this year with a few of the bigger courses in the area such as Dellwood, some brewery sponsorship is on the horizon for some of their events. Which also hopefully means, finally, that some breweries such as Pollyanna, Metropolitan, Open Outcry, Oak Park Brewing, and maybe Werkforce print up some discs as I know they all have staff that throw.
     
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  6. thebeers

    thebeers Poo-Bah (2,998) Sep 10, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    McMenamins in the Pacific Northwest has a series of beer-themed lodges, at least some of which offer free frisbee golf with your stay. I find their food and beer to be of somewhat varied quality, but love their use of historic buildings and their ability to create a very old-school, hippyish craft ambiance. Stayed at the Grand Lodge once and thoroughly enjoyed myself:
    https://www.mcmenamins.com/grand-lodge
     
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  7. MostlyNorwegian

    MostlyNorwegian Zealot (550) Feb 5, 2013 Illinois

    Rather surprised the article makes no mention of Nate Doss, and Valerie Jenkins who are both multiple time disc golf World Champions, and their soon to open Bevel Craft brewing.
    You can't get a much tighter connection than their decision to step back from touring, and competing than that.
     
  8. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Champion (866) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio
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    We are fortunate here in NE Ohio to have a lot of great courses close by - my "home course" is Portage Lakes Disc Golf course - an awesome 18 hole course with lots of trees and water....love it! Looking forward to some spring disc tossing!
     
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  9. zeff80

    zeff80 Poo-Bah (11,839) Feb 6, 2006 Missouri
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    I have a crew I disc golf with on a regular basis. We have a texting chain/thread that we've named "Discs & Beer". For the last 2 summers, we've taken one day disc & beer trips to Kansas City and St. Louis. Last year we played 81 holes at 5 courses and hit three breweries/bars.
     
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  10. Keene

    Keene Defender (664) Sep 11, 2009 Washington

    Thanks for the tip. We weren't aware of Bevel Craft when we were putting this story together last year. It looks like they're preparing for an April opening.
     
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  11. riptorn

    riptorn Disciple (371) Apr 26, 2018 North Carolina
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    I can see disc golf as a good fit for walking around with a beer.

    Dang, that's sad, man....and I'm talkin' uber sad. I bet it'd be more fun for you if the wager was to quaff a brew for each hole you lost, and even quicker fun if you pressed the bet on a hole or two..
     
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  12. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,095) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    I see this around but never played, but I am all for it. Anytime you can put beer and fun together I am all in.
     
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  13. maogrodn

    maogrodn Initiate (31) Apr 7, 2015 Massachusetts

    I got married at Rapscallion (Hyland Orchard is a wedding venue also). I was able to get a game in the day before the wedding. It's a great place. I second that the short game is not easy!
     
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  14. Alefflicted

    Alefflicted Initiate (99) Dec 2, 2017 Minnesota

    I always enjoy disc golfing, and beer truly is the perfect pairing. Honestly I don't believe I've ever gone without some craft brews in hand. What's not to love about the sport? It gets you out into nature, hanging with friends, meeting new people, no pressure competition, sharing some good brews, maybe a blunt if your into that kind of thing. It truly is always a fun and relaxing experience, (unless of course you lose a really nice disk...)
     
  15. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Poo-Bah (2,095) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona
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    Well said... :beers::beers:
     
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  16. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,451) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Based off the trash that litters every disc golf course I've played at, disc golfers appear to be potheads first, and craft beer fans second. I have a course a block away from my house, and another, more difficult, course 5 minutes away. I've never needed an excuse to drink beer, so I usually save it for after the course. The difficult course is based in the Colorado foothills and boasts an almost 1000ft elevation change throughout the course. Take that mixed with the blazing heat of summer and water is the obvious choice.
     
  17. readyski

    readyski Aspirant (272) Jun 4, 2005 California
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    Played the Mt Bachelor course in OR.
    Highly recommended for scenery, challenge and occasional solitude.
     
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  18. deadwolfbones

    deadwolfbones Initiate (148) Jun 21, 2014 Oregon

    These two are members of my homebrew club. Super nice people and excellent brewers.
     
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  19. Ranbot

    Ranbot Defender (636) Nov 27, 2006 Pennsylvania

    The rise of disk golf popularity parallels the rise in ultimate frisbee, and disk golf players and ultimate players have a lot of overlap. I would presume, and in my experience, they share beer drinking preferences for craft beer, except with ultimate you usually wait to drink until after the game.
     
  20. Newport_beerguy

    Newport_beerguy Zealot (582) Feb 24, 2011 Rhode Island
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    Smuttynose has a disc golf course, which I didn't notice at first except for almost running over a few guys crossing the driveway last time we visited the brewery's restaurant!
    https://smuttynose.com/brewery/visit-us/disc-golf/

    Looks like with the restrictive NH liquor laws you can't take a beer with you around the course. Although I have seen this restriction at many regular golf courses and all I have to say is a thermos is your friend!
     
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  21. HxllyWxxxd

    HxllyWxxxd Initiate (43) May 4, 2019 West Virginia

    I was very excited to see this. Very cool. I'd also like to begin some venture into gold as it were and the availability of good brews at particular courses. I'd love input of others and maybe colab something. My local course offers beers from a cart. We could rate courses and their brews.
    Open to suggestion.
     
  22. LeRose

    LeRose Meyvn (1,441) Nov 24, 2011 Massachusetts
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    My son puts a gallon water jug in his bag and sometimes it isn't enough. They do have a beer occasionally after matches.

    Sorry to hear about litter and trash on courses. Ed and the guys he plays with are pretty meticulous about the whole thing. His team helps maintain their home course, and the people he plays with don't fool around when it comes to appreciating and respecting the land they play on, some of it private farms and some public state parks. But like anything else, there are those who don't, sad to say.
     
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