Beer and Cider Garden returns to Hadley Common on Friday

  • Christian Stanley, who is the co-owner of Valley Malt in Hadley, talks to a customer while pouring a porter made by Floodwater Brewing Company in Shelburne Falls during an installment of the Hadley Common Beer and Cider Garden, Friday, June 21, 2019, on the Hadley Common. GAZETTE FILE PHOTOk

Staff Writer
Published: 10/21/2021 2:28:27 PM

HADLEY — A community event that brought people together over beer and food produced with locally grown ingredients two years ago is returning to Hadley’s historic green space for the final two Fridays of October.

The Hadley Common Fridays Beer & Cider Garden will run from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday and on Oct. 29.

“It’s a nice space to gather and should be a pretty low-key event,” says Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt, who is organizing the event.

Stanley said a beer wagon with 10 taps will provide beers from breweries including Wormtown, Trillium, Holyoke Beer Co., Amherst Brewing and Building 8.

Food for purchase will include cider doughnuts from North Hadley Sugar Shack, topped with vanilla ice cream from Flayvors of Cook Farm, and tamales, made with local corn, and chips and salsa from Mi Tierra, as well as beverages for children.

Besides being an event to bring people from Hadley and surrounding communities together following the interruption caused by COVID-19, Stanley said the event showcases local ingredients from local farms.

The Oct. 29 event will feature Pizza Project Boston, a mobile pizza baker that uses ground up flour from Valley Malt in making the pizzas. That evening staff and volunteers who make Hadley function will be recognized with a free beer.

Hadley’s Parks and Recreation department will have games available to play, including cornhole. People can sit at a handful of picnic tables, and some lighting will be in place for ambiance. Stanley hopes people passing by on the Norwottuck Rail Trail will also drop in. 

The two weeks for the event this year set the stage for more Hadley Common Fridays in 2022. Stanley said more restaurants and businesses were interested in coming this year, but staffing issues affected some from participating, and Carr’s Ciderhouse, which co-sponsored the event two years ago, is in the midst of its busy time of season.

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