European-style beer place is coming to Olde Mistick

European-style beer place is coming to Olde Mistick

The Westerly Sun

MYSTIC — Bill Middleton, mastermind and owner of the soon-to-open Jealous Monk Social Hall & Beer Garden, can attest that some of life’s best memories happen while eating a sausage and drinking a pint of beer.

“In a lot of communities in Germany, beer gardens are like community centers and they even have playgrounds for the kids,” Middleton said. “The whole concept of our new establishment is that beer is a vehicle for conversation and good times and although we won’t have a playground, I certainly hope Jealous Monk will be a place people gather to socialize.”

After working at a German-style brewery and beer hall in Pittsburgh many years ago, the Mystic resident said he began toying with the idea of opening a beer and sausage place but put it on the back burner when he started a career in investments.

“It’s a unique concept for our area and will hopefully be a regional draw,” Middleton said of the new beer hall located in Olde Mistick Village. “It’s difficult to gauge how successful it will be when there’s really not anything else like it around but I think it’ll add another dimension to Olde Mistick Village and the community.”

Members of the Jealous Monk team are Andrew Field, general manager; Jamie Fowler, head chef; and Victor Pinero, beer curator. They have all been working tirelessly for the past few months to turn the idea into a reality.

Although a construction crew is still working on the building, the place is well on its way to becoming the newest restaurant in the village and the team members hope it will open in the next two to three weeks.

“We’ve all taken ideas from our travels to Europe and are bringing them here without being too hokey,” Pinero said. “There won’t be any lederhosen and we’re certainly not inventing the wheel but we’re taking the best ideas from everywhere and putting it all together.”

Middleton said the name of the place comes from the legend that monks perfected beer when water wasn’t drinkable in medieval times.

“The idea is that our beer selection will be so good that the monks will be jealous,” he laughed.

Between the beer garden and the large bar and seating area, the new beer hall will have 92 seats inside and 68 outside with 32 beers, eight wines and four cocktails on tap and more than 100 bottled beers available. The food menu, although still being developed, will feature homemade sausages, mussels, burgers and pretzels.


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