Summer and fall in New England are perfect for spending time outdoors. And how about enjoying the great outdoors with a beer in hand? The beer gardens of Massachusetts allow you to soak up Mother Nature while hanging with friends and sipping some great brews. Here are the best beer gardens in the state.
Part of Trillium Brewing, the Trillium Garden on the Greenway is a Boston favorite. Located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the ambience is as spectacular as the beer and the food. This is a must-visit spot when in Boston.
Notch Brewing & Tap Room has one of the only year-round beer gardens (they use the traditional German term, Biergarten) in New England. Featuring communal tables, the set up faces the South River basin, and the atmosphere in sublime. In the cold weather months, heated stand ups keep guests from getting too cold. The list of beer and ale brewed here is impressive.
For the very best in people watching, visit the beer garden at Charlie’s Kitchen. Featuring a birds-eye view of Harvard Square, the garden is open year-round, but only when the weather permits. In the summer and fall, however, it’s a fun place with a lengthy list of beers and lagers and some really good pub fare.
The beer garden at Dive Bar is impressive. Featuring a lengthy list of American craft brews and a somewhat limited food menu, it’s the atmosphere that brings in visitors. Live music is practically a constant. The atmosphere is friendly, lively and fun.
Open seasonally, the Nor-East Beer Garden is a lovely spot to enjoy craft beer, cocktails and exquisite food made from scratch. Yankee magazine named it the “Best Outdoor Beer Bistro,” and it’s easy to see they’re deserving of the title.
The beer garden at Oak & Iron Brewing Company is quaint and comfortable. The craft brews are spectacular. The food selections are limited, but good. Fido is welcome, provided he/she is well behaved.