Grilling and chilling
During the grand opening party for Burly Beverages in May, owner and craft soda master Gabe Aiello learned from attendees that their neighborhood lacked family-friendly events. As a result, he’ll be hosting the first Burly Backyard BBQ on Saturday, September 30, from 4:30 to 11 p.m. At the free party, Aiello will be discounting floats—boozy or otherwise—while also serving barbecued sausages, vegan meals and four craft cocktails (courtesy of a one-day liquor license). There will be live music headlined by electro-indie rapper Sparks Across Darkness, as well as art installations by the neighboring Never Board Graphics Co. and Graffiti4Good, which gives kids a legal place to practice their craft. Aiello plans to host these barbecues on a quarterly basis todemonstrate his commitment to bringing more than just fancy soft drinks to the community. “We’re not going anywhere,” he said.