Beer Garden Blitz

June 29, 2018

All of the beer. None of the snobs.


In 19th century Germany, beer gardens became popular places for imbibers to beat the heat and enjoy frosty brews during warmer months. Cleveland's drinking destinations preserve the convivial spirit of these locales - each with their own unique twist.

Forest City Brewery

At this Duck Island brewery's beer garden, it's like a backyard picnic with all your faves. Grab a bench or hang out under "Big Red"(the tallest Red Mulberry tree in Ohio) at this dog-friendly patio. While there, chow on the menu's divine Frickaccio's Garlic Knots or bring your own snacks.

Goldhorn Brewery

Located in St. Clair Superior's Hub 55 complex, Goldhorn Brewery mixes new-school craft beer with an old-school Slovenian vibe. The outdoor patio is a happening spot during warm-weather months with a myriad of outdoor activities. While there, sip a Polka Pilsner and nosh on Cleveland faves like pierogi, Polish boys and fried bologna.

Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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At Great Lakes Brewing Company, the party goes year-round in its beer garden. A retractable canvas roof reveals blue skies and brews on sunny days, while the fireplace and radiant heat floor keep patrons toasty on chillier nights - making it all too easy to sample the Ohio City anchor's ever-rotating beer menu in the great outdoors.

Hansa Brewery

A somewhat newb to the brewery scene, Hansa Brewery offers a tidy, patio-like garden that hugs bustling Lorain Avenue in Ohio City. Chow down on some of Hansa's authentic Eastern European grub like schnitzel and Slovenian sausages with a few street-side brews.

Hofbräuhaus Cleveland

Hofbräuhaus in Downtown boasts a particularly authentic 1,000-seat "biergarten" with picnic tables and an outdoor stand offering Munich-modeled beers based on the Duke of Bavaria's original recipes. During summertime, start with the refreshing Lager or Hefe Weizen.

Market Garden Brewery

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Over at Ohio City's Market Garden Brewery, the beer garden is a tree-spruced brick enclave overlooking the West Side Market - providing the ideal perch for sipping brews, people watching and chilling with friends. While outside, tip back a Citramax IPA or Prosperity Wheat.

Nano Brew

One oasis in the beer paradise known as Ohio City is the dog-friendly Nano Brew, which boasts a modern, multi-level beer garden overlooking Downtown Cleveland. Sip on Nano's small-batch brews (paired with one of their big burgers) at this fun-for-day-drinking hotspot.

Platform Brewery Co.

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Platform Brewery Co. in Detroit Shoreway offers a cozy outdoor space that feels like a rustic clubhouse thanks to sturdy, wood-slat walls and picnic tables. While there, toss back one of their unique brews like the summery Guava Punch fruit beer or Full Beyoncé sour ale.

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