Two Steps Downtown Grille in Danbury, Connecticut, is kicking off the summer with the opening of their new beer garden, now open on Friday and Saturday nights. This past weekend was the beer garden’s fourth official weekend. (Two Steps is an advertiser on The Mercurial.)
Ray Mills, general manager of Two Steps, and Tom Devine, the owner, both shared the desire to create a relaxing, calming environment at the restaurant – a place that would be perfect for enjoying a summer night. The new beer garden, which is open on Friday and Saturday nights, offers a variety of beers at the restaurant’s brick-lined back patio, including craft draught beers, draft, domestics, and local and bottled craft. There are usually one to two bartenders working along with the waitstaff to ensure impeccable service.
“It’s our baby right now,” said Mills. “We’re hoping it takes off.”
On my visit to the beer garden a couple weekends ago, two Connecticut beers were featured on tap: the hop-forward Two Roads Double IPA (Stratford) and the crisp Half Full Bright Ale (Stamford). Mayflower Porter from Massachusetts, Shed Mountain Ale from Vermont, and Keegan’s Mother’s Milk and Captain Lawrence, both from New York, were also on the beer list.
The most popular drinks at the beer garden have been the Mayflower Porter, the Blueberry Saranac, and the Lainenkugel Summer Shandy. The Mayflower Porter was the most hoppy of of the selection and packed with powerful flavor . The Blueberry Saranac’s fresh aroma and refreshing, understated flavor is just right for a cool summer evening. The Lainenkugel Summer Shandy, a light beer, has a sweet scent and is a top pick for summer.
The beer garden also offers a few darker beers for coffee and chocolate lovers: Keegan’s Mother’s Milk, a favorite among beer lovers, captures the combination of creamy chocolate and freshly brewed coffee in one burst of flavor. It is among the smoothest varieties available at Two Steps.
As the night slowly crept in, the sun was dipped behind the horizon and a cool breeze flowed around the patio. The laughter and humming conversation among the guests made for a welcoming and soothing atmosphere, distant from any daytime stress
Samantha Bengtson, a bartender at the beer garden, shared her enthusiasm as she hustled to provide top-notch service.
“Once people start hearing about it, it’s gonna be a big thing,” she said.
As the night slowly crept in, the sun was dipped behind the horizon and a cool breeze flowed around the patio. The laughter and humming conversation among the guests made for a welcoming and soothing atmosphere, distant from any daytime stress.
Chris Cosgrove, a regular guest at Two Steps Downtown Grille, is most satisfied with the of the beer garden.
“I think it’s perfect the way it is,” said Cosgrove.
“There’s not many places any more with an outdoor space,” said Kris Harrison, another regular guest.
“It is one of the best beer gardens around as far as I’m concerned,” said James Harrison. “The whole staff does a great job making you feel welcome.”
Mills and Devine hope for word of the beer garden to reach the streets of Danbury and Greater Danbury so that the community can share the summer together over delicious food, quality beer, and remarkable service.
“The demand is there,” said Mills. “We think it’s a good start.”
Danbury has been in need of a casual, comfortable spot in town. With Two Steps’ beer garden, it has become a reality.