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Break a sweat for a reason with these treks in Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, and Boston proper

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Fancy a pint? Fancy a brisk constitutional through one of the world’s most interesting regions? Here you go: Five hikes that end in fabulous beer at seasonal gardens.

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Along the Charles in Allston and Cambridge

The beer: Everett-based Night Shift Brewing Co. is leading the establishment of a temporary beer garden in Allston’s Herter Park across from Harvard Stadium Gate 14 starting sometime later this summer, with plans to continue into October.

The hike: The state-maintained Herter Park hugs the Charles River and is across Soldier’s Field Road from Harvard’s athletic fields. Therefore, hikers can start from either direction—or from across the water in Cambridge, as far downriver as the Harvard Square area—and end at the beer garden.

Through the Charles River Esplanade

A path with trees on both sides. Some of the trees have pink blossoms. There is a body of water in the distance. Shutterstock

The beer: Night Shift Brewing out of Everett is behind a beer garden for the Charles River Esplanade, too. It is expected to open by August at the latest and run into October at the Storrow Memorial Embankment Park at Fiedler Field.

The hike: Fiedler Field is toward the Esplanade’s western end, so start around a mile away at the eastern end. Or, if you’re feeling like a more urban hike, start in the Boston Common and then hoof it through parts of Beacon Hill and Back Bay.

Through the Greenway

The beer: The name of this beer garden says it all—Trillium Garden on the Greenway. It’s a partnership between Fort Point-based Trillium Brewing Co. and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. It’s open for the summer and early fall at select times Wednesday through Sunday where Atlantic Avenue meets High Street.

The hike: The 17-acre Greenway is 1.5 miles long. Start up toward Haymarket Square and work your way to the beer garden about two-thirds of the way down. Or start at the Park Street T stop in Boston Common and make your way east one mile.

Northward in the South End

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The beer: The venerable SoWa Open Market runs a May-to-October pour in the Power Station at 540 Harrison Avenue in the South End. Open every Sunday, it features a rotation of beers, including New England-produced selections. There is also live music, lawn games, and “good vibes for all ages.” Nice.

The hike: This selection is for the urban hiker out there. Start at the South Bay Harbor Trail and work your way northeastward toward the beer barn.

From Medford into Somerville

The beer: The Somerville Brewing Co.—a.k.a. Slumbrew—runs a beer garden just off the banks of the Mystic at 301 Canal Street in Somerville. It is open every day into September, and includes food and the occasional live show.

The hike: Start anywhere in the Mystic River State Reservation in Medford and then follow the Fellsway over the bridge into Somerville, veering left into Baxter Park. Then make your way southwestward through the retail jungle of Assembly Row to the beer garden.