Beginning Thursday, March 5, The Raleigh South Beach launches Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire, a twice-monthly pop-up on first and third Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. in the iconic hotel’s backyard Oasis area. With the name inspired by the antlered subject of the hotel’s logo, Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire reimagines Germany’s favorite pastime on Miami Beach, complete with Restaurant Michael Schwartz food concessions and a draft beer bar tapping a new local craft brewery each month, beginning with Wynwood Brewing Company.
“We here are Wynwood Brewing Company are excited to be a part of Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire for the fact that beer is an integral part in German culture and cuisine,” our good friend David Rodriguez shares. “The beer made at Wynwood has various influences, more notably traditional European undertones with a modern American twist. In the beer line up, we are including two limited release offerings: Raspberry Vanilla Cheesecake Ale and Hazelnut Jose. Raspberry Vanilla Cheesecake would create a lighter contrast pairing with the richness of s’mores while Hazelnut Jose, our Panther coffee, hazelnut infused Pop’s Porter, would contribute decadent coffee and hazelnut notes.”
Surrounded by bonfire pits, revelers can pop a seat at Buck’s picnic tables, try their hand at lawn games including corn hole, ping pong and giant Jenga and even break open Buck’s DIY s’more kits for fireside roasting. Michael’s Genuine® Home Brew will be available at each event, and — in addition to the starting event lineup of La Rubia Blonde Ale, Pop’s Porter, and one of Wynwood’s IPAs –The Genuine Hospitality group Beverage Director Ryan Goodspeed is installing the hotel’s first tap tower at the outdoor White Bar to rotate a local selection on draft at the restaurant.
“Basically we all love spending time at the Raleigh and now the neighborhood has one more great reason to join us,” Michael explains. “The Oasis is such a beautiful spot for special events and now it will have an event of its own. We’re going German-inspired, American made here, with good food, drink and friends.”
Taking place among a lush tropical setting behind the hotel’s legendary pool, Buck’s Beer Garden & Bonfire invites locals to re-acquaint themselves with the “grand dame” of South Beach Art Deco hotels, as named by Condé Nast Traveler. Guests have flexibility with an a la carte, “pay-as-you-go” format purchasing tickets at a booth for food, beer and wine (one ticket equals $1… let’s call them “Buck’s Bucks”?) The casual and dynamic setting boasts an inviting price point to match, with all food items 10 tickets or less, 12 ounce pours of beer (5 tickets,) wines by the glass (7 tickets,) and a special valet rate with Buck’s cashier validation of $5 per car, subject to availability. Tickets are reusable at future events.
Restaurant Michael Schwartz Chef de Cuisine, Molly Brandt is cooking up a food stations with the spotlight on a traditional Schwenker grill serving a variety of German sausages like bratwurst, kielbasa, knockwurst, and currywurst on crusty rolls, as well as Schwenkbraten – paprika-marinated pork neck steak. Toppings include mixed cabbage sauerkraut and beer bathed onions. There will be a fish sandwich, as well as burgers with or without cheese — mandatory open-air fare, with choice of toppings including bacon, mushrooms, and caramelized onions, as well as sides of warm German potato salad with bacon and savoy-celery root slaw with green apple and buttermilk vinaigrette. Picnic tables will be stacked with condiments from malted ale mustard and curry ketchup, to chow-chow, smoked pickle relish and bread and butter giardiniera. S’mores packages available for purchase next to the fire pit with roasting sticks come with housemade graham crackers, vanilla-bourbon marshmallows, and chocolate.
David’s looking forward to the following brews making an appearance in for Wynwood’s month of March:
1. Beat the Wheat – Session wheat IPA 4.4% big citrus nose
2. Wynwood Fox – Imperial Red 7.7% Caramel sweetness balanced by floral notes
3. Pop’s Porter – 2014 GABF gold medal winning porter. 6.2% mix of coffee, chocolate, and roast notes
4. La Rubia – 5% blonde ale with toasted bread and light caramel notes
5. Rickenbacker Pilsner – 5.2% traditional czech-style pilsner. Refreshing, light and effervescent
6. Magic City Pale Ale – 5.5% amber English-style pale ale. Malt driven with toasted malt notes and hints of toffee.
7. Raspberry Vanilla Cheesecake Ale – Rubia base with raspberry, vanilla, and cheesecake flavors
8. Hazelnut Jose – Pop’s Porter base with Panther Coffee and hazelnut flavors
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