America's Best Beer Gardens
A traditional German beer garden is little more than a shaded grove with picnic tables, but US chefs and restaurateurs are enhancing the concept with spectacular food and design innovations that range from whiskey-barrel tables to a multimillion-dollar retractable roof. Here, the best beer gardens in the U.S.
Yes, it’s the kind of German bar that offers beer in “das boot”—a large glass shaped like a shoe—but the Red Lion Tavern’s divey charm is one factor that makes it such a well-loved fixture (since 1959) of L.A.’s arty Silver Lake neighborhood. The airy upstairs garden offers a strong lineup of German beers, like the roasty-but-crisp Köstritzer schwarzbier. redliontavern.net.