Beer gardens have been popping up all over the place lately.
There are about a dozen in Philly.
But, most of the beer gardens open in Spring and Summer.
I just can’t wait that long.
So I thought, why not create my own beer garden in my back yard?
All it takes is a little time, creativity, and access to a few resources and you’ve got the perfect atmosphere to entertain friends and family, all year long. Even in the Fall and Winter.
(well, maybe not in the sub-zero temperatures we’ve had this winter)
Soon enough the temps will rise and you’ll be happy you planned ahead
and got your very own beer garden ready!
- Find a level spot in your yard. Traditionally beer gardens were paved with gravel. But, work with what you’ve got, stone, brick, even the back part of you driveway could work. Or a spot on your lawn can create a great atmosphere and starting point for your beer garden.
- Choose pieces that can weather outdoor conditions. Steel, iron, or any kind of metal will work well.
- Add lot’s of areas around your spot for friends to mingle. Think about traditional tables and high top tables.
- If you want a more rustic look, weathered wood finishes are perfect. (like a picnic table or wood cable spools)
- Add as many chairs as you can fit! Plan for more than you think you’ll need. After all, gathering with friends over a few beers is what the beer garden is all about.
- If you don’t have lot’s of seating, create your own. Add tree stumps for stools, lay boards cross the for benches.
- Lighting – One of the best ways to create a friendly atmosphere is lighting. The often forgot about element in many designs. Add string lights, candles, lanterns, even flashlights. The more the better. So dig out your Christmas lights, or for you procrastinators, don’t take them down yet.
- Fire – gather up your logs and get the fire pit going. Even just the sound of the crackling fire will add to the atmosphere of your beer garden
- Music – get some outdoor speakers, turn up your spotify, dance.
- The #1 item you’ll need for your garden…beer. Get create with the way you store it. If it’s still chilly out, you can use buckets, tub, wagons, even your wheel barrel.
- The food doesn’t have to be super complicated or over thought.
- We chose pretzels. Cause who doesn’t like a good Philly pretzels with there Philly Beer.
I used them to hold tall candles and skewers for marshmallows.
I used votives, pillars and floating candles in my back yard.
It’s still a little chilly around here.
But that won’t keep me inside.
I found great neutral and cozy blankets to throw on the chairs and
give to my guests to keep warm while still enjoying the beer garden.