Last year's pop-up Tashmoo Biergarten in Detroit's West Village is returning this fall -- starting Saturday -- with a different schedule, one on-the-road event and more food vendors.
The European-style gathering spot for beer lovers and their families attracted more than 7,000 visitors to a group of vacant, open-air lots at 1416 and 1420 Van Dyke on five Sundays in October 2011.
This year, Tashmoo will operate rain or shine from noon to 9 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday for three weekends, relocating one Saturday -- Oct. 20 -- to Atwater Brewery for Atwater's Blocktober Fest.
The atmosphere is family-friendly, organizers say, offering outdoor seating at rustic communal tables, a corn-hole court and board games including chess and checkers. Look for brews from Arcadia, Atwater, Short's, Founders, Jolly Pumpkin, Dragonmead, Motor City Brewing Works, the Livery, North Peak and New Holland, among others.
There's no admission fee. Visitors can use cash or credit cards to buy tickets for beer or water. Food can be purchased with cash from vendors including Treat Dreams ice cream, Avalon Bakery, Vegan Soul, Porktown Sausage, Corridor Sausage and People's Pierogi.
Proceeds from the event, organized and run entirely by volunteers, benefit the Villages Community Development, Habitat for Humanity and Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. The Oct. 27 edition of Tashmoo is part of the Villages Fall Festival. The Oct. 28 event marks the end of Detroit Beer Week as well as Tashmoo.
West Village, a designated historic district about two miles east of downtown, is on the north side of East Jefferson between English Village and Indian Village. For more information about Tashmoo, see www.tashmoodetroit.com.