MADISON – A little bit of Europe is how Peter Donnelly describes the beer garden at Bottle Hill Day on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Donnelly meant the fenced-off area welcomed children and dogs while grownups enjoyed adult beverages.
He’s been volunteering at the beer garden for five years, noting it’s a fairly recent addition to Bottle Hill Day and is growing every year. Sponsor Bottle Hill Tavern arranged with a beer distributor to provide Bud Lite and specialty beers: Spaten Oktoberfest, Hacker-Pschorr Ocktoberfest, Pualaner Hefe-Wazer and Shipyard Pumpkin. Also available are wine, non-alcoholic drinks and snacks. Stand up tables were full of chatting visitors while children and dogs ran around.
The food trucks for Bottle Hill Day were parked along Kings Road near the Beer Garden, Donnelly pointed out. It was convenient although patrons could not take alcoholic beverages out of the garden area.
Volunteers checked identification at the gate, put on wrist bands, sold tickets for the drink and manned the beer and wine tables. Among them was Madison Borough Mayor Robert Conley who divided his time between the street fair and the Beer Garden.
The festival ended at 5 p.m., but last call at the Beer Garden was at 5:15 and last service at 5:30. The garden closed at 6 p.m.
Donnelly said the amount raised through the $5 cover charge and $5 per drink charge is probably a large part of the profit of Bottle Hill Day.