Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Troy beer garden embracing the season

Some holiday decor inside The Hill ...
TROY -- If you haven't yet visited The Hill at Muza, the outdoor beer garden that opened this fall behind the Muza restaurant just off the RPI campus, here's a seasonal event you may want to take in.

An outdoor community tree lighting ceremony has been scheduled for 6 p.m. this Friday to usher in a schedule of outdoor comforts for the winter season.

"We're looking to kick off the holiday season with good friends, family and neighbors in a cozy winter atmosphere," said co-owner Tim Tyrrell. "This is a unique space in the Capital Region, and we do all we can to make our guests feel as if they're on a mini-European vacation, right here in the heart of Troy."

.. and the tree to be lit Friday.
The Hill, so-named because it is just "up the hill" from downtown, is a modern European bar, beer garden and event venue. While the restaurant Muza's main entrance is on 15th Street, patrons of The Hill enter through a pair of black gates at 379 Congress Street.

The open-air beer venue has a variety of stonework and wood nooks, custom lighting by Lightexture of Troy, and is both heated and further illuminated by a wood-burning fire pit and a series of of commercial grade flame-torch patio heaters.

On Friday, Tyrrell and business partner Adam Siemiginowski will throw the switch on 500 feet of twinkling lights on the 15-foot spruce tree they harvested from an Altamont farm. Complimentary plates of Christmas cookies will be served; hot mulled wine, hot chocolate, beer and wine will be available from the bar, and visitors may order off the light menu that features such items as European smoked meats and cheeses, smoked fish, stuffed cabbage, kielbasa, pierogi, vegetarian samplings, popcorn, and pretzels.

Inside, the bar space is warmed by a cast iron fireplace, and can accommodate 50 people.

Once the tree lighting opens the season, "Apr├ęs Ski Saturdays" will begin on December 12. Anyone presenting a ski pass from that week will have access to a range of specials from 4 to 11 p.m., and ski movies will play in the bar room.

Street parking is available on both Congress and 15th streets. There also is a bike rack on the 15th Street side.

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