A few months ago, I helped to organize the 2nd Annual “Hiking Boots and Brews” event at the Blue Hills Reservation in Massachusetts – a really fun event co-sponsored by the Friends of the Blue Hills (FBH) and The Blue Hills Brewery.
The event consisted of a 3-4 mile hike through the Blue Hills, followed by a private beer tasting at a local brewery. It cost only $5 to participate and it was designed to attract young professionals in the Boston area to the park to meet fellow hikers and beer fanatics! As a member of the Friends of the Blue Hills Board of Trustees, it was also a great opportunity for me to introduce others to the good work of the organization. Fortunately, we had a great turnout – over 30 people showed up!
There was lots of activity going on at the Reservation that morning, including a trail maintenance event sponsored by FBH and REI. There were some volunteer t-shirt left over from the trail work event, so REI generously offered them to our group! They also snapped this wonderful picture of us before we hit the trail.
We set off for the Skyline Trail – our main path for the day. The Skyline Trail is a popular trail within the park, but it’s also very scenic, offering great views of Boston and the seacoast in the distance.
It can be difficult to lead 30+ hikers on a moderate to strenuous hike; however, this group was amazing. While their hiking experience ranged from novice to seasoned veterans, everyone was a good sport about “taking it slow” and just enjoying the day. Though most people were locals, I was surprised how many of them had never been to the Blue Hills. Although, I guess they’ve never been enticed with beer before either!
Our destination for the hike the Eliot Tower situated atop Great Blue Hill. When we got there, we stopped for a bit to enjoy lunch and took some more fun pictures. I told you this group was awesome…
We finished the hiking portion of the event around 1pm and then it was off to the brewery! The Blue Hills Brewery, located in Canton, MA, has been around since 2008 and sells a variety of delicious microbrews. My favorite is the Wampatuck Wheat – but all are good. The guys who work there are great guys and are always willing to support the Friends of the Blue Hills and collaborate on events such as this. If you’re interested in sampling their beer, they offer free tastings on Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays.
The brewer who assisted our group let us sample seven of their beers and gave us a quick tour of the facility.
I think its fair to say that everyone had a good time!
Special thanks to the Blue Hills Brewery and REI for making this day special for our participants. Also, thanks to the Canton Journal for writing up this terrific article about the event.
For more information about Friends of the Blue Hills, visit their website. And to see more pictures from this great event, click here.