Summer is right around the corner—which means that the season of outdoor eating, exploring and (perhaps most fun of all) drinking, is almost here. Beer gardens have proven to be the perfect place to indulge in some truly decadent brews, all while embracing the gorgeous weather of the summer season—and fortunately, California has no shortage of them.
Here are the best beer gardens to visit the next time that you find yourself on the West Coast:
The Bier Garden
With delicious food served for brunch, lunch or dinner, 25 beer taps and a number of other original drinks, The Bier Garden is hailed as one of Encinitas’ premier dining establishments. Plus, with a motto that says “no one gets mugged,” each Bier Garden member who participates in the beer garden’s mug club will get their own mug with their own individual number for added personality. For more information, visit www.biergardenencinitas.com.
Brewsters Beer Garden
Located in the historic district of Downtown Petaluma, Brewsters is an open-air restaurant that boasts over 350 seats, over 30 revolving local craft beers on draft, Sonoma and Napa Valley wine, a full selection of spirits and cocktails, and no shortage of specially crafted local fare to pair with any and every drink. For more information, visit www.brewstersbeergarden.com.
Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden
It doesn’t get more quaint than cozying up with a classic ale in the heart of Los Angeles—especially if it’s at the Rasselbock Kitchen & Beer Garden. The German restaurant and pub specializes in serving up German fare with “a modern twist,” all while pairing their unique cuisine with a wide selection of freshly tapped German and Belgian beers. For more information, visit www.rasselbockla.com.
Sure, Westbrae Biergarten offers a great selection of hand-selected California craft ales and lagers. But the real fun of this Berkeley hotspot is in how the beer is served up—from rotating beer taps to drinking German-style stein drinks and even beer flights for those visitors that are extra thirsty, this West Coast-based beer garden really has it all. For more information, visit www.westbraebiergarten.com.
In the case of super quirky (yet still totally unmissable) beer gardens in California, Zeitgeist might just reign supreme. Founded in 1977, the bar and beer garden serves as a historic encompassment of San Francisco’s legacy business space. Plus, with 64 taps of craft beer, famous Bloody Marys and a full bar, Zeitgeist stands as one of the city’s only bars with outdoor seating—perfect for connecting with the community in an airy space and taking in views of the Bay all at once. For more information, visit www.zeitgeistsf.com.