Hilda Hoy knows all the best beer gar­dens for eat­ing, drink­ing, and be­ing merry all sum­mer long.

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Bring on the beer garden sea­son: our beloved spots for whiling away the sum­mer.

There are few sum­mer plea­sures greater than en­joy­ing a cool beer and a tasty bite in a lively Bier­garten, with the sun shin­ing over­head and a gen­tle breeze stir­ring the trees. In­deed, it’s such a beloved lo­cal pas­time that Ber­lin has a beer garden abun­dance. The ones worth seek­ing out, how­ever, are those that de­liver on good drinks, food, and am­biance in equal mea­sure.

Ev­ery­one knows clas­sic spots like Prater (Kas­tanien­allee 7-9, www.prater­garten.de), a peren­nial Pren­zlauer Berg fa­vorite of­fer­ing tra­di­tional snacks like sausages, potato salad, and Bavar­ian pret­zels. In re­cent years, how­ever, the trend has been to­wards giv­ing beer garden menus a more di­verse culi­nary ap­proach. A shin­ing ex­am­ple is BRLO

Br­w­house (Schöneberger Str. 16, www. brlo-br­w­house.de), a mod­ern res­tau­rant and beer garden run by the lo­cal BRLO craft beer la­bel. The dar­ing de­ci­sion was made to make veg­eta­bles the star of the menu: de­lec­ta­ble dishes like smoked beets, BBQ egg­plant, and roasted cau­li­flower with a beer glaze. Meaty op­tions like hick­ory-smoked ribs and a BBQ chicken sand­wich, plus plenty of beer, of course, round out the menu.

Stone Brew­ing (Im Marien­park 23, www. stone­brew­ing.eu) is an­other craft beer la­bel that’s branched out into gas­tron­omy. The Cal­i­for­nia brand opened a sec­ond head­quar­ters last fall in a sprawl­ing in­dus­trial com­plex in the dis­trict of Marien­dorf. Though it’s some­what of a trek to get down there, the stylish and spa­cious setup makes it worth it. As do the ex­ten­sive food and drink op­tions: fresh, mod­ern fu­sion-style food with some Cal­i­for­nia touches, like pulled pork spring rolls and shrimp tacos, and up­wards of 40 taps fea­tur­ing the com­pany’s own beers and a bunch of guest brews.

The main claim to fame of Bier­hof Rüder­s­dorf (Rüder­s­dor­fer Str. 70, www. bier­hof.ber­lin) is its own­ers: This Friedrichshain beer garden is part of the leg­endary Berghain club. It shares not only a lo­ca­tion with the mas­sive techno tem­ple, but also the same su­per-cool, post-in­dus­trial aes­thetic, hav­ing been built out of a for­mer heat­ing plant. To go with your beer, there’s a range of tasty burg­ers – in­clud­ing a cou­ple veg­e­tar­ian op­tions – from the pop­u­lar Schiller Burger chain. And just next door, there’s an­other chilled-out spot with a unique con­cept of its own: Wilder Hase (Hels­ing­forser Str. 10, www. face­book.com/wilder­hase) is the only ve­gan beer garden in the city. This means you can chow down on ve­gan döner, raw cakes, and other ve­gan treats as you sip a beer and bask in the sun.

Out­door seat­ing at Stone Brew­ing.

Stone Brew­ing

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