Spring is definitely a great time to visit a beer garden. Of course, you can enjoy the atmosphere of the beer garden year round!
What is a Beer Garden?
A beer garden is an open area outside, usually surrounded by trees, where food and beer is served. Beer gardens originated in 19th century Munich in southern Germany, and are still popular there today. In the last few decades, beer gardens have grown significantly in popularity in the United States and that makes us smile! Beer gardens usually have a very social, community-like feel making is a great place to find another beer-loving friend. The world’s largest traditional beer garden is the Hirschgarten in Munich which seats 8,000 people! Modern day beer gardens sport amenities like bocce courts, food trucks, and retractable roofs. The spirit of the beer garden is intentionally laid-back as are most activities involving beer!
Here are a few beer gardens to check out this spring:
The Georgia Beer Garden in Atlanta is a great spot to catch a game if you are a sports lover. Watch the Atlanta United or Braves games in the bar and enjoy more than 110 beers and ciders “exclusively brewed in Georgia.”
9 Mile Station is an elevated beer garden in the heart of Atlanta, featuring a sleek indoor-outdoor space offering sweeping unobstructed views of Atlanta’s skylines spanning Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown.
Barleygarden is two-tiered beer garden in Alpharetta that has taken on the challenge of curating the most exciting beers from breweries both close to home and from around the world.
Treylor Park is a unique space within the heart of the historic district in downtown Savannah. It offers an upscale cocktail bar inside with restaurant style seating, but our favorite spot is in the cozy beer garden out back.
The building that houses Birmingham’s Avondale Brewing has been many things over the years, including a post office, a bank, a firehouse and a saloon, but today the historic building serves up clean and classic beer styles, which can be enjoyed in the brewery’s expansive, shaded beer garden.
The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden in Nashville has an amazing beer list including some rare Southern beers. Enjoy the brews with the establishment’s namesake hamburgers or other dishes in the well-shaded garden.
You might show up to The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte planning on a pint or two, and end up staying all day. With an outside bar, efficient food system, and so many tables, you’ll surely be down to lounge.
Ready to raise a glass to Mother Nature? The Pump House Biergarten at the U.S. National Whitewater Center is on an island in the middle of the whitewater. And with up to 60 beers on tap, there’s no shortage of choices for what to sip as you watch rafters and kayakers paddle past.
Bay Street Biergarten in Charleston combines the communal atmosphere of a traditional German Biergarten with the newest technology in bier.