What’s one of the best ways to beat the sweltering summer heat? While drinking an ice cold beer in one of the many sprawling beer gardens, of course. While the Germans may have perfected the art of soaking up the outdoors, we’ve gotten pretty darn good here in the United States.
Wherever your next travels take you this summer, take advantage of the fact that there’s likely a killer beer garden nearby. To guide you on your thirst-quenching quest, we’ve rounded up six of America’s best beer gardens to visit this summer. We will applaud this.
1. Raleigh Beer Garden
Where to find it: Raleigh, NC
Why should you go: Guys who like to keep their options open will feel right at home visiting the Raleigh Beer Garden. They hold the Guinness World Record for most draft beers, with an ever-growing range of over 350 varieties. Located in the Glenwood South area of downtown Raleigh, the expansive outdoor space regularly hosts events such as quiz nights, silent discos and brunches. It also accepts pets, making it the perfect place to set up a date, meet friends, or listen to live music.
2. Lowry Beer Garden
Where to find it: Denver, Colorado
Why should you go: Denver is already known as the Mecca for beer lovers, and the Lowry Beer Garden only reinforces this reputation. Housed in a refurbished aircraft hangar on a former Air Force base, this Oktoberfest-inspired space is actually located in its own grounds. The outdoor garden covers over 9,000 square feet and the communal picnic tables can accommodate 500 people. They offer a plethora of draft and bottled beers (with an emphasis on Colorado and craft beers). There’s also an awesome menu with locally made kids, freshly baked pretzels, and creative homemade burgers.
3. Schulz Bräu
Where to find it: Knoxville, Tennessee
Why should you go: Want authenticity? Schulz Brau is owned by a German family and its team specializes in traditional German beers and lagers. This beloved Knoxville The brewery is located in a literal castle, boasting a 2,500 square foot tap room. Every table, bench and chair in the 6,000 square foot beer garden comes straight from Germany. Their award-winning beers are created following the Reinheitsgebot (a series of regulations from 1516), which limits the use of ingredients to nothing more than malt, water, hops and yeast. Their on-site Schnitzel kitchen also offers all the classic dishes you could want, including Bavarian cheese, wiener schnitzel, currywurst and more.
4. Fermented Reality Biergarten
Where to find it: Tampa, Florida
Why should you go: Nestled in the center of Sparkman Wharf in the new Water Street neighborhood of downtown Tampa, Fermented reality beer garden quickly became a fan favorite with locals and tourists alike. The breezy destination opened at the end of 2018 and has been attracting a steady stream of beer lovers ever since. This is thanks to their privileged location on the water’s edge, their welcoming atmosphere and their wide selection of beers. They offer more than 40 local and international varieties on tap. The lush outdoor garden space provides an idyllic getaway to sip your favorite moss while soaking up the Florida sun.
5. Estabrook beer garden
Where to find it: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Why should you go: When Estabrook beer garden debuted, it marked the first true public beer garden in the United States in nearly 100 years. Inspired by MilwaukeeThe rich brewing heritage of, it draws inspiration from the beer gardens found in today’s Munich. This leafy Estabrook Park retreat sits on a bluff overlooking the Milwaukee River. The unique location allows visitors to arrive on foot, by bike, by kayak, by canoe or by car. Whistle your whistle with a selection of imported Munich Hofbräuhaus beers while reconnecting with Mother Nature. And since this is a public park, people can choose to take their own picnic baskets or order traditional Bavarian food.
6. Moon River Brewing Company
Where to find it: Savannah, Georgia
Why should you go: Do you prefer a few boos with your beers? If so, head to this (potentially) haunted beer garden. the Moon River Brewing Company is located in one of the Savannahthe oldest buildings. Dating from 1821, it drew paranormal investigators from Ghost hunters and travel chains Ghost adventures. Known as the original Savannah Brewery, Moon River has been brewing some of the city’s best craft beers since 1999. Their 5,400 square foot beer garden seats up to 200 people, and all of their beer is produced on place in their 15 copper-covered brewery barrels. Needless to say, this will quickly become one of your favorite Savannah haunts.
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