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Building of Sacramento’s Der Biergarten. Sacramento’s first bar built out of cargo containers. This German themed beer garden plopped down in the suburbs features 32 draft beer and lite German fare.
If beer is something you love, then things don’t get much better than spending time in a beer garden. With variety in beer, casual atmosphere, and lots of like-minded people, beer gardens are the go-to way to relax for any beer lover. Though beer gardens are generally awesome places to be, finding the right garden can be a bit of a task. So, to help you find the best we’ve weeded out the bad ones and crafted a list of the top 5 in the country.
1) Der Biergarten:
Located in sunny Sacramento California, Der Biergarten takes the cake for best overall beer garden. With an authentic German vibe and an unmatched selection of 32 beer varieties, Der Biergarten is a true beer lover’s paradise. Without blaring music or annoying televisions, the wide open space at this garden is perfect for socializing, making it as pleasant to the ears and eyes as it is to the taste buds. Germans are notorious for their amazing beer, and nothing makes a better pair than beer and sausages. Der Biergarten not only provides this pairing, but the sausages are brought in direct from Sacramento’s best butcher.
Located in Queens, New York, it is known as one of the oldest beer gardens in New York. Previously it was a European social club, but now it’s a favorite spot for beer-loving New Yorkers. The beer list is rather extensive, and the fare is catered toward hipsters, artists and yuppies. Overall, if you find yourself in Queens this is one of the gardens to check out.
3) Scholz Garten:
Located in Austin, Texas, this is another garden that has roots surrounding Bavaria. It is the oldest continually operating business in all of Austin so patrons know it’s worth checking out. Austin is known for its western influences, and the exterior of this garden displays that theme rather pleasantly. Inside, patrons are transported to Bavaria with bench seating and enough beer to make them forget that they aren’t actually in Germany.
Located in Denver, Colorado, this beer garden stays true to the fame that surrounds Denver’s craft brew scene. They’ve decided to stick hard and fast to evolution, and they’re always updating their offering list to appease the variety of people that come and visit this exciting attraction.
5) Sheffield’s: Located in Chicago, Illinois, this final garden has achieved acclaim from a variety of magazines, including Food & Wine. It’s one of the only gardens in the country that doesn’t care about cold weather. While most gardens will close when winter comes, Sheffield’s remains open, offering their assortment of beers to be enjoyed by their bonfire with some freshly cooked barbeque. When the summer comes back to town, they offer an assortment of live outdoor music for patrons to party to while they enjoy their beer.
America is the melting pot of people groups and cultures, and with this list of beer gardens you’ll be able to find the best place for you. Regardless of where you decide to go, make sure to drink responsibly.
Article released in Sacramento State Hornet newspaper.
Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 12:00 am
Der Biergarten, opening up on the corner of 24th and K streets in Midtown, has promise to be a unique eatery Sacramento has not yet to seen.
Sean Derfield, owner of the River City Saloon,has been developing the idea since 2011 when he decided to build a German-themed beer house in the European open-air fashion.
Derfield said the new beer house will resemble San Francisco’s Proxy, a model of urban planning that demonstrates how a business can be successful by transforming underused areas like empty lots.
“It’s a beer garden that Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom came up with,” Derfield said. “(Proxy) used cargo containers for the architecture, and I thought, ‘What a great idea.’”
Thomas Roth, property manager of the plot agreed to the project because he thought it was such an interesting plan.
“This is a major corner in Sacramento,” Roth said. “The city is not used to shipping containers for buildings. It’s going to be great.”
But the project has been anything but easy to accomplish. Derfield said he has hit his share of speed bumps, mostly because of the use of the open cargo containers.
“Our plans kept getting kicked back with the city and health department, saying we couldn’t do this, couldn’t do that,” Derfield said. “Every time we objected to something, they had a different excuse.”
The plans to open before summer were delayed and Derfield was forced to open the exposed garden right before winter.
“It turns out that if you’re the first one to do something like this, they have to absolutely make sure it’s getting done right,” Derfield said.
One of the most exciting things about Der Biergarten is that it of only two beer gardens in Sacramento. Low Brau, located on 20th Street, opened last November.
Local restaurateurs, like Golden Bear’s executive chef, Matthew Brown, have also shown support and are anxiously waiting for the new beer garden to open.
“Everybody over here is excited and just waiting for it to open so they can check it out,” Brown said.
The garden will include concession style food, an open porch to sit and foosball and ping-pong tables.
“It’s an urban beer garden,” Derfield said. “It’s not traditional, we won’t be walking around in lederhosen.”
Derfield said the most important part of the business is its unique drafts.
“All the beer we are going to have you can’t just get at the bar down the street,” Derfield said. “We’ll have local favorites like Track 7 and New Helvetia, Pliny the Elder is a hot one too.”
Der Biergarten certainly promises to be something Sacramentans have not quite seen, especially for a traditional beer hall with an urban twist.
Although there has not been a specific opening date, those interested can go to www.beergardensacramento.com for more information.
Kaitlin Bruce can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org