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Beer garden's second-round launch draws estimated 600

Phil and the Flying Leap entertain, June 1, 2019
Phil and the Flying Leap entertain the crowd.

More than 600 people attended this year’s opening day – Saturday June 1, noon to 7 p.m. – held again at Whittemore Park, on the lawn of the Cyrus Dallin Museum in the town center. 

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Now in its second season, Aeronaut Brewing Co. of Somerville hosts these weekly celebrations every Saturday (Sunday rain date) through Sept. 7.

Ronn Friedlander, founder and chief science officer, reported the crowd estimate. Last July, an estimated more than 1,000 people attended that opening.

Aeronaut’s beer historian, Justin Tuerk, who checked IDs as people entered the garden, said, “It’s a wonderfully relaxed, fun community- and family-based event. Everyone is enjoying the beautiful day and great location. We couldn’t ask for more,” he said.

Fun and family-friendly

“It’s a great use of public space. It gets people out to the center, and is fun for both kids and adults,” said attendee Gabriella Lawrence.

Ellie Gogan-Tilstone, who was there with her 4- and 1-year-old daughters, said, “I came a bunch of times last year, and couldn’t wait to return. It’s one of my favorite things to do in Arlington.”

Brenna Heitzman, a first-time visitor, who came with her two young sons, said, “I’m having a great time and I love the sense of community.”

Plenty of beer and food

Beer, the signature consumable, was selling briskly, at $7.50 each. Six types were offered; four from Aeronaut, and two from guest breweries:

  • A Year with Dr. Nandu
  • Hermann Hesseweigen
  • Hop Hop and Away
  • Unionator
  • Dogs & Boats (brewery: Beer’d Brewing Co.)
  • Rojo (brewery: Bantam)

Healthy food offerings, catered by Arlington’s Punjab restaurant, included:

  • Vegetable samosas
  • Naanwhiches: veggie, chicken, lamb and chicken tikka masala
  • Rice bowls

And what’s a fun summer event without ice cream? Abbot's of Arlington provided its frozen custard, a delicious treat.

“It’s good to see local restaurants here,” said visitor Kalina Carlow.

Live entertainment

Saturday’s band lineup featured Possum, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Phil and the Flying Leap, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Possum, based in Cambridge “has its roots in country porch music with hints of ‘old timey’ and rock,” says its website. Phil and the Flying Leap, also from Cambridge, “creates a musical menagerie of timeless tunes and lush orchestrations,” according to their website.

“I love the live music, it’s awesome,” said Maile Hedlund.

This summer’s musical entertainment features “the best rising performers in the Greater Boston area (including many from Arlington!), according to Aeronaut’s advertising postcard.

Special deals

But wait, there’s more!

Patrons can receive special offers and discounts simply by presenting their wristbands, which they receive when entering the beer garden, at the following establishments: 7 Mystic Wellness Collaborative, Artbeat Creativity Store & Studio, Artful Heart Gallery, The Book Rack, Cambridge Savings Bank, Regent Theater, Thai Moon and Old Schwamb Mill.

July 8, 2018: 1,000-plus attend beer-garden opening

This news summary by YourArlington freelancer Susan Gilbert was published Monday, June 3, 2019.



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