With the restaurant closed on Mondays, Eli's made it's slightly-fantastical-yet-ever-soothing beer garden(s) available, welcoming a couple of dozen brewers (many from CT, one from Middletown) who offered ticketholders tasting samples of various brews.
Eli's temporarily removed a section of fencing, allowing people to buy grilled cheese, tacos, and cupcakes from food trucks parked out back in the Kings Avenue city lot.
|Oddfellows board member Quentin Phipps with Executive|
Director Matt Pugliese.
The tasting tables were very busy. Owner Phil Ouellette estimated that over $2200 dollars was raised for the children's theater thanks to about 180 paying guests (and a raffle of beer-related swag). That's twice as much as last year. No doubt the perfectly comfortable weather helped.
|Stubborn Beauty Brewing Co. |
moved into the Remington Rand Building earlier this year.