The Aeronaut Beer Garden returns to Arlington on Saturday, June 1. [Wicked Local File Photo/James Jesson] Hide caption
After a successful first year in 2018, the Aeronaut Arlington beer garden will kick off its weekly summer events this Saturday with its beer garden of the new year, featuring live music, food from local vendors, and of course, beer.
“It’s like a big picnic,” said Lee Hatfield, the Aeronaut communications director. “We are excited to return to Arlington this summer and expect to have a great season with the Arlington community.”
The event is produced by the Somerville-based Aeronaut Brewing Company, which began producing the events at Whittemore Park in Arlington Center last July. The event is free and open to the public, although anyone under the age of 21 will need to be accompanying an adult in order to enter the beer garden.
The beer garden was approved last year by the Select Board with much public debate about the town housing a weekly public gathering that was sponsored by a brewery. But the Select Board ending up supporting the project with a unanimous vote, citing the benefits the event can have in getting residents outside during the summer and experiencing Whittemore Park.
The event will be sponsored by different local food vendors each week, with the first weekend being sponsored by Indian restaurant Punjab, as well as dessert being provided by Abbott’s Frozen Custard.
The show will also feature live music from a variety of different local musical acts, providing the right atmosphere for a mellow day at the park.
“We look for musicians who can walk that fine line between entertaining adults and being kid-friendly,” said Jason McCool, who coordinates the musical acts for Aeronaut. “We had a ukulele player last year, Amy Kucharik, who once she recognized that there were children coming up near the stage, just completely changed her performance and turned out a great, family concert.”
McCool said that Boston produces a wide variety of talented musical artists, but that the Boston area does not always give those artists a platform to be successful locally. McCool said that events like the Arlington beer garden allow musicians to stay in the area and contribute to the local culture.
“With schools like Berklee (College of Music), there are tons of talented musicians who practice their craft in Boston, but a lot of times as soon as they graduate, they pack up and move to New York or Los Angeles,” McCool said. “By having a weekly concert series such as the beer garden, we are giving young, up-and-coming artists a platform to perform professionally right here in Boston.”
Hatfield said that although beer is served at the event, the company wants to promote a family atmosphere and encourages parents to bring their kids to the event.
“The atmosphere is very mellow and we want people to be able to bring their kids to the event, we don’t want anyone to feel forced that they have to do anything,” Hatfield said.
The event will run each Saturday from June 1 through Sept. 7 and run from noon to 7 p.m. Hatfield said that this year in the case of rain, the beer garden will be moved to Sunday, a change from last year when the event would be canceled for inclement weather.
“We were so successful last year and the location is perfect. Anyone walking through town or riding along the bike path can stop by and check it out,” Hatfield said.