Last year a vacant patch of land in Detroit’s West Village was transformed by a group of local artists, foodies, designers and writers into the Tashmoo Biergarten, a pop-up, European-style Biergarten. After serving more than 7,000 people and raising funds for the Villages Community Development Corporation (CDC), Tashmoo returns, kicking off the fall season on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th at 1420 Van Dyke Avenue, in Detroit’s West Village. Hours of operation are from 12 – 9 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, through Oct. 28th.

Now in its second year, the family-friendly event provides a venue for both Detroiters and beer drinkers from everywhere to enjoy a cold brew, and come together. Tashmoo Biergarten will pop-up for three weekends in October and feature a rotating selection of beer by Michigan brewers, local food vendors, a corn hole court, and ample board games such as chess and checkers to keep patrons entertained throughout its run.

“Last year’s event was so successful, that we’ve been able to return with a larger list of vendors and more partners,” said Aaron Wagner, co-founder of Tashmoo. “As a part of this year’s fun, we’ll be taking Tashmoo ‘On the Road’ to Atwater Brewery on Oct. 20, participating in the Villages Fall Festival on Oct. 27 in addition to adding Treat Dreams, Avalon Bakery and Detroit Vegan Soul as new food vendors to our roster.”

This season’s dates are listed below. Tashmoo will be located at 1420 Van Dyke Ave Detroit MI 48214 unless otherwise noted above.

Oct. 13-14 from 12 – 9 p.m.
  • Vendors for Oct. 13th include People’s Pierogi, Avalon, Porktown Sausage and Treat Dreams.
  • Vendors for Oct. 14th include People’s Pierogi, Corridor Sausage and Treat Dreams
Oct. 20-21 from 12 – 9 p.m.
  • On Oct. 20th Tashmoo will be at Atwater Brewery for Atwater Brewery’s Blocktober Fest.
  • Vendors TBD
Oct. 27-28 from 12 – 9 p.m.
  • On Oct. 27th Tashmoo will be a part of the Villages Fall Festival and Oct. 28th will be the Tashmoo closer as well as the close of Detroit Beer Week.
  • Vendors TBD
“Pop-up retail is a great way to get attention on our area and demonstrate how successful more permanent retail can be,” said Brain Hurttienne, Executive Director of the Villages CDC. “West Village is getting more and more interest for retail projects, and things like Tashmoo only build on that momentum.”

The name Tashmoo has a rich history. It was an early 20th century Great Lakes steam ship, and the former lead engineer lived in a house that used to be on the Biergarten lots. Tashmoo was also a former amusement park on Harsen’s Island and is an American Indian word meaning “meeting place.” Plenty to talk about over a good bier. The atmosphere at Tashmoo Biergarten is family friendly featuring communal tables and benches, as found in traditional European beer gardens, made from recycled materials.

Tashmoo, year two- Meet up. Drink Bier.

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