How about a beer garden party to celebrate the first day of summer?
Springdale’s Leaning Cask Brewing Company is hosting a grand opening of their new outdoor beer garden, The Courtyard, on Sunday.
The entrance to the beer garden is right through the pub on Pittsburgh Street and seats up to 50 people, but seats nearly 100 for those who don’t mind standing.
Oddly enough, the inspiration for the beer garden came from the pandemic.
“We always imagined having an outside area. We always wanted a beer garden. It wasn’t part of our first opening, ”said Stephanie Lipke, who co-owns the brewery with husband Josh Lipke. “Then, during Covid, people wanted outdoor space and so we kept looking at it and thinking, ‘Oh man, that would be great.'”
Courtyard Grand Opening Countdown = 2 days away
The pub is open tonight from 4pm to 10pm (weather permitting, you can visit the Courtyard and see the progress for yourself 😉)
@pghtortas outside the door tonight. Happy friday! pic.twitter.com/TglFwtnBvx
– Leaning Cask Brewing Company (@leaningcask) June 18, 2021
Lipke said the coveted space is next to the pub and belongs to the district and is not used.
“It’s a beautiful place and working with the district is a plan that we put into action during the Covid phase,” said Lipke, adding that she has no doubt that a beer garden inspired by English tradition will work in Springdale.
“We’ve been doing it with an indoor space for the past few years and we’ve found that people are really interested in it. We serve both traditional draft and English style beers so we have people looking for it, ”she said. “It’s unique to the Springdale area and Pittsburgh as a whole. After seeing that our pub area is doing well, we are very excited to be expanding it outside. ”
Various food trucks provide catering, offering everything from Indian food to pizza to burgers and French fries. The outside area also has two fire pits and space for games like Giant Checkers and Jenga, a game where people build a tower out of blocks of wood. Guests can also bring their pets as long as they are on a leash.
“We already had a few people in the room because this week we got a taste of our fourth anniversary. It was great, a lot of positive feedback and the people are really excited, ”said Lipke.
Lipke said she also envisions developing another outdoor area on the roof of her building on Pittsburgh Street, though that is likely to be a few years away.
Paul Guggenheimer is a contributor to Tribune Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or email@example.com.