This asphalt garden from the owners of the German restaurant Suppenkuche has a minimalist focus on quality, serving just a handful of excellent pilsners, wheat beers and schwarzbiers in huge one-liter steins. Snacks include flavorful bratwurst and fluffy pretzels. biergartensf.com
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.