Thursday, October 11, 2012

Tashmoo: Detroit’s Outdoor Beer Garden

Written by  Jeff Priskorn
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Tashmoo Detroit’s Outdoor Beer Garden

The comeback of Detroit continues this fall as Tashmoo Biergarten presents three weekends of events in October. Tashmoo is a pop-up European-style outdoor beer garden that utilizes vacant space in the West Village neighborhood of Detroit, located at 1420 Van Dyke. Featuring Michigan craft beer and lots of local food, Tashmoo Biergarten hopes to foster a sense of community and contribute to the rebirth of the Detroit culture.
The name Tashmoo comes from an American Indian word meaning “meeting place.” It’s an apt name, as the atmosphere at their events is family friendly, featuring communal tables and benches made from recycled materials. Tashmoo’s commitment to Detroit is highlighted by its partnering with Habitat for Humanity, who is coordinating and staffing the volunteers for the opening weekend. Part of the proceeds from Tashmoo will be donated to Habitat for Humanity. Tashmoo is also proud to support several other organizations in the West Village area and strives to raise awareness for the historical neighborhood. And it seems to be fulfilling its mission: since its debut in 2011, Tashmoo Biergarten has drawn over seven thousand people to West Village.

Events will be held from noon till 9 pm on the following weekends: October 13-14, 20-21, and 27-28. The October 20 event will be held at Atwater Brewery for Blocktoberfest, to celebrate Atwater’s 15th anniversary. This event will also serve as the official launch party of the 4th Annual Detroit Beer Week.

Keep an eye on and for updates on the beer and food that will be featured each weekend.

Jeff Priskorn

Jeff Priskorn

Jeff Priskorn is a guy who didn’t even like beer until he was 25, which isn’t all that surprising given that the family fridge was stocked with Goebel and Carling Black Label during his tender years. Now an elderly young man, he can finally say that Bud Light is swill and is a proud proselyte to the microbrew world and a loud (and sometimes annoying) advocate for Michigan-made beer. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 100+ Michigan microbreweries and brewpubs, and he’s at least 60% there. In addition to drinking and writing about beer, Jeff is a software guy, actor, voice artist, and musician. Check him out at, come see his band Mad Rabbit (Michigan’s Live Jukebox™) at a bar near you, and sample his fledgling beer blog at