Spring is all about gardens, and I’m not just talking about the garden variety although those are nice. A beer garden makes for a great place to enjoy the longer days, warmer weather and a pint of your favorite brew after a productive day of work or on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Get ready to sip a la fresco at one of these five Long Island beer gardens.
Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, Franklin Square
Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is more than a beer garden, it’s an authentic taste of Germany. Step into the humongous, tree-lined space and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life with live music, celebrations known as volkfests, wooden picnic tables large enough to fit your whole office and of course craft beer. Large pretzels and other delicious menu items will satisfy your salt-and-cheese cravings in a heartbeat. Go.
Croxley’s Ale House and Biergarten, Smithtown
The roar of the train at Croxley’s Ale House & Biergarten adds a bit of throwback charm to this Smithtown staple. Wash down your favorite German fare like Jumbo Bavarian Pretzels and Knackwurst (you can’t go wrong with a good-old American burger, either) with your choice of nearly 80 brews. Local choices include Port Jefferson Porter and Long Ireland Raspberry Wheat. Go.
Black Forest Brew Haus, Farmingdale
On balmy late-spring days, let the red tent or black-and-yellow umbrellas that sit atop the tables shade you from the sun as you enjoy a pint of beer made in-house. The staff loves to recommend the Pilsner. Light in body and color with a pronounced hop bitterness courtesy of the German and Czech hops, it pairs perfectly with everything from a salmon to the Plowman’s Platter of grilled veal bratwurst, knockwurst and pork bratwurst. Go.
Mary Carroll’s, Babylon
Most beer gardens boast an authentic German vibe, but it’s always St. Patrick’s Day at Mary Carroll’s. When the mercury nears 70, walk through the pub, step outside and pull up a stool at a high-top, umbrella-covered table that’s in the shape of a Guinness barrel. Black gates with the iconic Guinness surround the brick patio. I take it you’ll know what to order once you’re settled. Go.
Zum Schneider, Montauk
If you’ve braved the traffic all the way through until The End, you deserve to sit back and raise a stein. The Montauk outpost of the New York City favorite blends Eastern European flare with traditional Bavarian music and Wurstsemmel. The laid-back East End vibe draws people to Montauk. Go.