Detroit’s largest outdoor biergarten will have a soft opening on Saturday, July 14th at 5pm and will feature around 20 different on-tap and canned beers. The 40,000 square-foot Pingree Gardens at 2480 Russell Street (between The Detroit Mercantile Co. and Milano Bakery & Cafe) will have a strong lean toward Detroit and Michigan brewed beers and ciders including Stroh’s, Eastern Market Brewing Co., Atwater, Motor City Brewing Co., and Blake’s Hard Cider.
The Detroit Mercantile Co. teamed up with Real Detroit Events and the City of Detroit to bring the seasonal event to the field, which is still owned by the city. The Detroit Mercantile Co. co-owner Robert Stanzler hopes this kind of temporary development can be a model for future events that attract more people to various areas of the city without requiring huge investments in property. In time, these temporary developments could give way to permanent developments and greater community participation in the neighborhood.
Stanzler attributes much of the influence and working staff to the successful Villages Biergarten in Detroit’s Villages neighborhoods. Pingree Gardens will stay open until at least Thanksgiving.
By Jared Hoffman
Senior Research Associate, JMJ Phillip Group