The Trustees of Reservations have teamed with Notch Brewing of Salem to bring the Notch outdoor biergarten to various Trustees of Reservations sites this summer. This weekend, they will be making the first of two visits to Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough.
The Trustees of Reservations protects and showcases some of the most beautiful outdoor and historic properties throughout the state, such as Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough and Fruitlands Museum in Harvard.
Now the Trustees have partnered with one of the most respected breweries in Massachusetts, Notch Brewing, to try to bring their historic locations to the attention of a new audience.
Each weekend throughout the summer, the Salem brewery will bring its mobile biergarten to various Trustees sites for family-friendly events.
“This was an absolute no-brainer for us,” said D.A. Hayden, general manager of the Trustees' Charles River area properties. “We have a real history of having food-related events, and beer really fits into that.”
The Notch traveling biergarten’s next stop will be Chestnut Hill Farm this weekend. Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Each biergarten event will offer different activities, as will each day. On Friday and Sunday, there will be lawn games, Stone Comfort pizza and Trustees’ own burgers. On Saturday, along with the burgers, there will be a “Meters for Liters” run with a 5K trail run beginning at noon. There will also be live music from Mother’s Mustache from 5 to 8 p.m. Landjager sausages, a German-style semi-dried sausage, will also be served.
Notch, which specializes in low-alcohol beers, is perfect for an outdoor event, Hayden said.
The idea sprung from Notch’s owners Chris Lohring and Mary Ellen Leahy’s love of the outdoors and several of the Trustees' sites. They thought the two entities would work well together, said JT Thompson, Notch’s event coordinator.
“There are a lot of [outdoor events] like this in other parts of the country,” said Thompson. “There are some outdoor beer gardens in this state, but nothing quite like this.”
The Notch biergarten is basically a custom van that as several tap handles on the outside. The kegs are in the cooled rear of the van. People pay per beer. There is a $15 deposit for the mug, but the money will be returned when you return the mug.
They (Lohring and Leahy) thought this would be a good cross-promotion,” said Thompson. “This is a great way to offer a taproom alternative and introduce ourselves to new people while we pour some legitimately jaw-dropping lagers.”
Future stops are: July 8, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich; July 13-14, Appleton Farms in Hamilton and Ipswich; July 21-22, Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton; July 27-29, Rocky Woods in Medfield; Aug. 10-11, Francis William Bird Park in Walpole; Aug. 19, Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich; Sept. 7-9, Powisset Farm in Dover; Sept. 13-16, the Stevens-Coolidge Place in North Andover; Sept. 22-23, Fruitlands Museum in Harvard; Oct. 5-7, Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough; Nov. 3-4, Castle Hill on the Crane Estates, Ipswich.
Hayden said she hopes people will take the opportunity to find out what the Trustees of Reservations organization is really about.
“We really hope people like this [event] and hopefully we may get some new members,” she said.
For more information about the Trustees' biergarten events, visit http://www.thetrustees.org/things-to-do/special-events/notch/ .
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