Getting fit in the name of lager and ale.
David April stands in front of his Fishtown rowhome, a little before 7 p.m. on this freezing cold night, talking to Traci Browne and a dozen other people clad in fleeces, ski caps and running shoes.
"I don't know why I'm here," Browne tells April. "I guess you just talked me into it!"
The night before the two had been at the Philadelphia Brewing Company when April mentioned running. "I don't know if I shamed you into coming or I challenged you," April responds with a laugh.
"You just had me convinced it was such a great idea," Browne says. "And I haven't run for like ... years."
The crew waits as a few more people amble down Susquehanna Street, shaking their limbs and stretching their calves as they approach.
Finally, April announces, "We're ready to rock and roll. Let's go!"
And in the name of science, the assembled members of the Fishtown Beer Runners dash through the heart of the neighborhood on a five-mile jog that will end, appropriately, at a bar.
In November 2007, medical professor Manuel Castillo Garzon of Granada University in Spain announced that the hydration effect of beer was "slightly better" than that of water.
After putting test subjects through rigorous exercise, Garzon poured half the subjects a pint of water, and the other half a pint of beer. He found that the beer drinkers recovered faster--the carbohydrates replaced lost calories and the carbonation quenched their thirst.
The news spread quickly, especially among beer-lovers. Fishtown resident Eric Fiedler found the story online and informed April. The two decided to test the theory.