Sunday, July 11, 2010

Recap: "Excellent Beer Gardening Adventure" at Hidden Hill on July 10.

Saturday’s beer gardening adventure was excellent, indeed. Bob (“Hidden” Hill) and Rog (that’s me) both were pleased, with more than 200 people in attendance for a first-time event running against the Forecastle music fest in Louisville. Folks were nice, their questions and comments were good, and there was nothing unfavorable about it.

Chef Josh sold out of food, and the Non-Tiki Lounge – tended by David Pierce -- under the trees was a big hit. There are many things to like about the Hidden Hill nursery as a venue, including the reigning serendipity of the sculpture and green layouts. It appeals to me that while Hidden Hill is perhaps six miles form downtown Louisville as the crow flies, there’s a sense of isolation. You could be 500 miles away.

A bonus for me was that my station dispensing Elector samples by the Pasture Door was next to Jeff “Persimmon Forge” Reinhardt’s mobile blacksmith shop, and coal smoke always makes me thirsty, as well as nostalgic for the Eastern Europe of youthful travels. Blacksmithing is a small but flourishing subculture, and it was fascinating to learn a bit more about the artisan side.

We’ll do another Hidden Hill gig some time next year. Thanks to everyone who worked and attended.


The brochure for Saturday's epochal "Excellent Beer Gardening Adventure" at the Hidden Hill Nursery.

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