Sitting out on the back patio with a cold beer in your hand is one of summer’s true delights. Outdoor beer gardens bring together the magic trifecta of beer, fresh air, and good friends. After all, a bucket of ice-cold beer and a plate of disco fries are all you really need in life, right? Luckily, there are ample choices for where to park it when you want to get down to some serious day (and night) drinking.
We’ve searched all over the country for some of the very best beer gardens, and, not surprisingly, many of them have a decidedly German influence, re-creating the celebratory beer halls of Munich. Other beer gardens on our list veer into junkyard-chic territory, some have taken the biker path, while others are an oasis in the industrial desert. We love them all, because they open their backyards and welcome new friends with a cold brew and possibly a pretzel. Work up a thirst as we take a tour of the coolest beer gardens across the country.