MADISON, NJ - A Bottle Hill Day favorite, the Beer Garden returns for its sixth year and has moved locations getting more real estate at the event.
The new location between Prospect Street and Maple Avenue on Kings Road will feature a variety of beer on tap, wine, and will also include some specialty items.
Access to the The Beer Garden is a $5 cover for patrons 21 and older. This event within the event will be open from from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. with all proceeds going to downtown improvements.
"The Downtown Development Commission (DDC) is exceptionally grateful for the generous and continuous support provided by the Beer Garden's principal sponsor, Amrish Vakil proprietor of Main Street Wine Cellars," said Lisa Ellis of the DDC.
J&M Home and Garden of Madison helps fence the area that will boast a "Garden of Eden" atmosphere, adorned with lush plants and flowers. "Our goal was to have a little oasis, a place for friends to gather and take a little time to relax during all the excitement of Bottle Hill Day. It's the perfect place to come to eat and drink, or when you need a few minutes to recharge," said Russell Stern, Beer Garden coordinator and DDC commissioner. "We are always looking for new ways to help the DDC raise funds. By supporting the Beer Garden, Bottle Hill Day and other DDC events, you are contributing directly to the success of our downtown," adds Stern.
"The Beer Garden took years of careful research before implementing. We were happy to find that beer gardens have proven to be very successful in nearby towns," said Beer Garden originator and DDC Chairman, Mike Kopas. "It has taken a lot of effort and planning, as well as approval and support by the town council, along with the help from the Madison Police Department. I'm looking forward to this year's Beer Garden, and hope to see lots of new faces coming out to show their support."
Mark Fabyanski, DDC Vice-Chair and Beer Garden Coordinator explains, "Our motto for the Beer Garden is always 'Safety First" Our goal is to create a fun, successful, social event, but it is paramount that everyone inside and outside of the Beer Garden are safe. Before the event, volunteers are required to undergo special training by law enforcement personnel on properly checking identification, as well as safety protocols."
Other sponsors of the Beer Garden include: McMahon, Martine & Gallagher, LLC, Boyd Eckhardt Realtors,Taylo Plumbing & Heating, New View Windows and Doors and Hollenbach Family Chiropractic.
Volunteers will be on hand to check ID's, serve customers, and monitor patrons. Wristbands sold at the entrance (cover) will allow fast and easy access to the taps.
"For $5 a cup you can enjoy an icy cold brew on tap, specialty craft beer, or glass of wine, while supporting the DDC's efforts to improve downtown Madison," Ellis added.