Philadelphia, PA - It's almost that time of year again. Soon the trees will show their Fall colors, teachers and their students will prepare to head back to school, days will get shorter and nights will get cooler; but that doesn't mean the fun has to end! There's still plenty of time left to check out some local beer gardens before the wind blows in a new season. As I work towards completing a new social events platform, Localized, I've taken it as my duty to check out as many local venues in my area as possible, or as my friends jokingly refer to it "work".
So, here's a list (in no particular order) of a few beer gardens that are worth checking out.
Levante Stables - Taking over the craft beer scene in rapid fashion Levante Brewing has become one the local favorites when it comes to hand crafted brews. Their quick success, tasty libations and a partnership with Split Rail Tavern has given Levante Brewing the great opportunity to open a second location in Eagle, PA. Aptly being called The Levante Stables this beautiful location gives plenty to talk about. The rustic feel of the renovated stables gives the perfect vibe for watching sunsets and listening to live music playing in the gazebo at this wonderful venue. If you're planning a night out in West Chester, PA there will also be a shuttle running from the Levante Taproom and Splitrail Tavern in downtown West Chester to the Stables on the weekends. With a play area for children, plenty of food trucks to satisfy even the pickiest eaters the Stables offer a great location for the whole family.
Independence Beer Garden - Explore the historic Philadelphian sights like the Liberty Bell and Independence hall and head over to experience the city beer garden scene at the Independence Beer Garden located right in center city. This 22,000 sqft. vine covered venue is home to tons of games like shuffleboard, cornhole and ping pong all surrounded by a sprawling display of murals. The lively outdoor setting is a great escape from the city. Enjoy socializing with the crowd or lounge back in an Adirondack chair under the lighted rock garden. Whatever you choose to do at the Independence Beer Garden it is sure to keep your summer going just a little longer.
The Creamery of Kennett Square - As the name suggests, this old Creamery still stands renovated and preserved to operate as a pop-up beer garden, The Creamery of Kennett Square has been revitalized as a local hub for the community. With beautiful scenic landscaping The Creamery really puts the garden in Beer Garden. With live music, art galleries, food trucks and games this industrial landscape has been transformed into a family friendly (dogs included) environment. Enjoy craft beer, wine, ice cream or one of the multiple food trucks visiting daily while playing bocce ball, cornhole or just sit and take it all in.
Frankford Beer Hall - Travel up to the Fishtown district of Philadelphia and check out Philly’s largest beer hall, Frankford Hall. Located in the previously industrial part of the city Frankford Hall is a modern take on the traditional German-style beer hall. Lined with long tables designed to inspire a feeling of community amongst strangers this brick lined venue is a great spot to grab a beer and enjoy a night (or day) out with friends. With plenty of German beers on draft, sizzling sausages, signature soft pretzels and authentic schnitzel you’ll feel the Bavarian energy down to your bones. To keep Summer around just a little longer I recommend giving the Hofbrau Sommer beer a taste that’s currently available on tap.
Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden - Located in the Eagleview Town Center just north of Exton, PA, Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden is the creation of Chef Eric Youst, a Chester County native who prides himself in sourcing ingredients local to PA. Taking that same pride of community Suburban's beer selection also boasts a huge selection of PA beers on tap from the many wonderful breweries in our area. The open-air vibe sets the perfect mood for one of their delicious plates like Shrimp and Grits or one of their many Vegan- friendly options. Grab a drink, a bite to eat and enjoy the cool impending Fall weather outside in their comfortable beer garden. With cushioned seats, a handful of firepits and yard games you'll quickly feel at home as you take in all the fine food and beverages PA has to offer.
No matter which location you choose you're sure to have a great time with friends and family, after all that's what summer is all about! Feel free to leave suggestions in the comments of other beer gardens that I should check out before Summer ends!