Run, lift, and shower
New Year’s resolutions fall into two categories: Do more of one thing, and less of another. The granddaddy of them all being work out more, drink less.Well, as my high school biology teacher always said, “Everything in moderation, except for heroin.” When a five-mile loop ends at a brewery, those hills don’t seem so bad.
Honest Pint shows you a few ways to fit beer runs and rides into your workout.
CHARLES RIVER ESPLANADE/CAMBRIDGE BREWING COMPANY Start from Kenmore Square and make a loop around the Charles River Esplanade, one of the most scenic areas to run in the city (and also home to one of the best playgrounds). Run toward one of the best brewpubs around, Cambridge Brewing Company, for a cask ale or something funky, if that’s how you like it. [Cambridge Brewing Company, 1 Kendall Sq. Building #100, Cambridge. @CambridgeBrewer. cambrew.com]
PLEASURE BAY/LOCAL 149/HARPOON BREWERY (~ 3.7 miles) Take the scene route with a loop around South Boston’s Pleasure Bay, then stop over at the excellent beer bar, Local 149, for a pint of something cold and fresh and their local cheeseburger, with a side of seaweed salt fries. Then cross over to Harpoon Brewery for a tour—or when their new beer hall opens—for a few more pints and a pretzel or two. [Local 149, 149 P St., Boston. @Local_149. local149.com] [Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Ave., Boston. @harpoon_brewery. harpoonbrewery.com]
CHESTNUT HILL RESERVOIR/THE PUBLICK HOUSE/DEEP ELLUM (~4 miles) The reservoir at Cleveland Circle offers a 1.5 mile loop (especially beautiful at sunset and sunrise when the water glimmers). Circle it as many times as you can muster, then hike it up Beacon to The Publick House in Washington Square, which now opens at noon on the weekends. From there, it’s about 1.5 miles to Deep Ellum. Reward yourself big with a half-liter of whatever crisp and clean German lager they’re serving. [The Publick House, 1648 Beacon St., Brookline. @ThePublickHouse. eatgoodfooddrinkbetterbeer.com] [Deep Ellum, 477 Cambridge St., Allston. @EllumBarBoston. deepellum-boston.com]
THE SHOWER BEER
Almost any beer tastes better in the shower, but a shower beer after a long run or a core workout tastes sublime.
1. Select the beer: Shower beer preferences vary as much as out-of-shower beer preferences. I enjoy something hoppy—you can’t go wrong with a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale—but other favorites include Sixpoint’s The Crisp, Notch Session Ale, and ‘Gansett Lager. Cans are preferable, as the idea of cleaning up broken glass in the shower is none too appealing.
2. Secure a location: You could opt for a fancy shower beer holder (like the $9.99 “Shakoolie,” a koozie attached to a giant suction cup), but chances are you have a spot ready already—a windowsill, sink ledge, or a shower caddy.
3. Crack it open: Before you get into the shower. Sounds obvious, but there’s nothing worse than being caught bottle opener-less in the shower.
4. Drink it up: In between lathering and rinsing and sudsing, grab some long gulps and take a deep breath. Shower beers are all about well-deserved relaxation. Drink it in.