A beer garden is popping up in Midtown this Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The inaugural Stadt Garten—
German for "City Garden," a nod to co-founder Mark R. Beard's German heritage—
is the first of several planned this summer. Proceeds from the event will benefit Hostel Detroit.
The setting for Stadt Garten is the yard a Gothic-Victorian mansion built in the 1880s. Beard was part of the team that redeveloped
the property, which has three residential units, a clothing shop, and, now, a beer garden.
Why does Beard, who lives in one of the aforementioned residential units, wants to invite a couple hundred strangers to party in his yard?
"It's more important now than it has been in the recent past to come together as a community," he said via text message. "I don't really know of any better way to start knocking down some of the implicit biases that exist in peoples' minds than spending time with one another (in a positive way). Also, horseshoes!"
He added, "And, there's too much mulch in the yard and not enough people."
Vendors for Stadt Garten are mostly local. Corktown brewery Batch Brewing Company
will be supplying four different types of beer, ranging from $5 to $7 each. Sfumato Fragrances will offer scented cocktails. Wine and food will also be on hand.
Will Leather Goods
, the retailer located across the street, will be selling their own cold brew coffee blend, roasted by Tailored Coffee Roasters. Vice Cream, the vegan ice cream business that operates out of an Air Stream trailer, will bring their dairy-free treats to Stadt Garten, as well.
From 7 to 10 p.m., Ryan Spencer from local eletropop group Jamaican Queens will spin records. Detroit Clothing Circle, the retailer located in the house, will be open during the duration of the beer garden. Beer pong and staring contests, too, are planned.
Stadt Garten is located at 3980 Second Ave.
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