Hatchets & Hops

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Throwing Axes? Is That Safe?

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Safety. It’s the first thing people bring up. Just throwing axes sounds outlandish enough for some folks. We knew that adding beer and wine into the mix would be sure to raise some eyebrows.

We’re used to the question of safety by now. Of course the business model isn’t based on “getting drunk and throwing axes.” That would be reckless, and short-lived. The hallmark of a successful business is one that’s built for the long-term. It’s in the interest of our customers, our employees, and our community for this to be as safe as possible. We believe that it’s possible to have a heck of a lot of fun with this activity and be doing it in a safe and controlled way.

To give you some context, Hatchets & Hops is new to Buffalo, not the world. This is a sport and a recreational pastime that’s wildly popular across the border with our friendly neighbors to the north, and is enjoyed all over Europe. It has a rich history and legitimacy in the sporting community. That being said, we wanted to take a moment to talk about just how safe this is to put the minds of our naysayers at ease. We take safety extremely seriously.

Each and every piece of our operation has been designed with safety first in mind. From the way our groups are booked in advance through the website (you won’t be able to walk in off the street and participate), to the pace of the group session, to the very floorplan of the facility itself – we act with safety in mind. Customers booking sessions with us are required to agree to our 12-Point safety policy before checkout on our website, and this is the first item our instructors will review with you and your group. To give you an idea of just how structured this is…

  • Once you arrive, your group is paired with an instructor for your entire session
  • We do safety training with every group, explaining all rules contained in the 12-Point policy
  • Our instructors will coach everyone in your group on proper throwing technique before you begin
  • The throwing area is closed-off from the rest of the facility. We call them the “throwing bays”
  • Axes may never leave the throwing bays

If you’re still curious about just how seriously we take safety, check out our full 12-Point Safety Policy here.