The Beer Garden At Prairie Fire Offers Seasonal Beers, Classic Beer Garden Bites Like Bratwurst & Bavarian Pretzels, Alongside A Raw Bar & Wood Fired Pizzas
PRESS RELEASE / August 20, 2021 (Brookline, MA) – A backyard, Bavarian style beer garden is now open at Prairie Fire, the beloved Brookline restaurant owned by the team behind Steel & Rye and known for its wood-fired cooking. The Beer Garden at Prairie Fire offers guests a laid-back, backyard experience with a rotating menu of local craft beers, wood-fired pizzas, rustic New England bites and lawn games, all while providing guests with Prairie Fire’s reputable hospitality. Open through December, The Beer Garden at Prairie Fire already has plans in motion for Oktoberfest; think fun selections of “on-style” German biers and special bites. This outdoor expansion continues to build upon exciting changes at Prairie Fire as it follows the restaurant’s June announcement of a new menu, updated interiors, and phenomenal additions to the team: culinary superstar, Andrew Iacono serves as Executive Chef and longtime Boston industry veteran Ricky Czachor(of Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar) as General Manager. Iacono and Czachor join Operating Partner Dan Kerriganand Chef/Partner, Brendan Joy. Prairie Fire is located at 242 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446. Guests can enter The Beer Garden at Prairie Fire via the pedestrian way on Harvard Street. Guests are seated on a first come, first serve basis (reservations are welcome for Prairie Fire’s indoor dining). Prairie Fire is open Wednesday through Sunday: 4pm-10pm.
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The Beer Garden at Prairie Fire features a rotational program of local favorites and up-and-coming breweries, including those brewing within 35 miles or less of the restaurant: Lamplighter Brewing (Cambridge, MA), Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden MA), and Stellwagen Beer Co. (Marshfield MA). Nodding to New England’s incredible beer culture, Prairie Fire also offers pours from breweries like Vermont Beer Makers (Springfield VT), Upper Pass Beer Co. (South Royalton, VT) and Schilling Beer Co. (Littleton NH). In addition to its robust beer menu, Prairie Fire’s full beverage program is also available in the Beer Garden, featuring a smart mix of old and new world wines. Guests should not be fooled by the no-fuss cocktail list; it represents a snapshot of sister restaurant Steel & Rye’s drink menu with a focus on technique, consistency, fresh and preserved produce, and thoughtfully curated spirits.
With its own distinct dining menu, summer highlights from The Beer Garden include a Raw Bar with local oysters from Wellfleet (Wellfleet, MA), Joly (Dennis, MA), and Mookie Blues (Damariscotta, ME), as well as Tuna Crudo with soy rhubarb vinaigrette, pickled cherries and sea beans.
The Steel & Rye Bakery Bavarian Pretzel is a perfect starter, as isRhode Island Style Calamari. The Charcoal Grilled Bratwurst with sauerkraut and whole grain mustard achieves Beer Garden perfection, and the Fried Fish Sandwich with preserved lemon tartar, shredded lettuce, and pickles dresses up fresh New England seafood.
Prairie Fire’s renowned wood fired pizzas, crafted from housemade sourdough and cooked over kiln dried New England oak and maple wood are also on the menu. They include Margherita, Mushroom, Fennel & Sausage, Clam, and The Classics (Cheese/Pepperoni).
While the menu is casual, the culinary team’s background is anything but. Chef/Partner Brendan Joy has overseen both Steel & Rye and Prairie Fire since 2016, and is a New Englander with an unbeatable pedigree, cooking at SPQR in San Francisco and Lincoln in Manhattan. Executive Chef Andrew Iacono is a Massachusetts native who has spent the last eleven years cooking across the country, returning to Boston for the opportunity to be close to family and to collaborate with Kerrigan and Joy. Iacono was most recently at the Michelin starred Single Thread Farms in Sonoma, and also spent years at the Michelin starred Alinea and El Ideas in Chicago.
Prairie Fire is located at 242 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446. It is open Wednesday through Sunday: 4pm-10pm. To connect with the restaurant, call 617-396-8199, visit www.prairiefirebrookline.com and follow @PrairieFireBrookline on Instagram and Facebook.
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