Breweries Take It Outside
California’s Mraz Brewing Co. is putting its weight behind an initiative to expand the trails of El Dorado Hills, right in the brewery’s backyard. The project started with trail advocate Mike O’Neill’s vision to grow and interconnect the trails. Then, brewery founder Michael Mraz offered to help the cause by selling a “Trail Ale” and a special pint glass. Mraz expects to raise over $2,000 for EDH Trails. “When you get a chance to support your local community, it’s a good feeling, and it’s always appreciated.”
The partnership is just one example of a flurry of likeminded ventures between the beer world and nature trail enthusiasts. Northern Arizona Trails and Ales offers a 5-day guided excursion that takes you to four towns and a slew of breweries, for between $1,495 and $1,890. In Bend, Ore., the Beers Made By Walking guided tours boast the chance to hike alongside local brewers, who later brew beers inspired by plants discovered on their treks. And for New Englanders, northeasthikes.com details five trails that lead to breweries like New Hampshire’s Moat Mountain and Maine’s Kennebec River Brewery.
As O’Neill puts it, “Local trails improve quality of life,” and so do local breweries. ■