Trend Watch: Beer Gardens

They aren’t just for Oktoberfest anymore. German-style beer gardens and beer halls can be found in cities across the U.S., and while some attract raucous crowds, an increasing number are designed for more than bachelor parties and happy hours. Victory Beer Hall (pictured) is located in Philadelphia’s Xfinity Live, an indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment district between the city’s football and baseball stadiums. Its to-be-expected indoor picnic table seating under a lofted ceiling and 2,000-sq.-ft. outdoor patio and fire pit are complemented by a full stage with drop-down screen, projector and sound system. Even Victory’s typical beer-garden–style communal seating works for groups, as it makes an event feel less formal or stuffy. In San Diego’s Point Loma community, the newly opened Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens-Liberty Station has more than 23,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor as well as a bocce ball court, landscaped courtyard, outdoor theater event space and several private dining areas. The brewery-restaurant has 40 rotating tap handles and serves more than 100 craft bottled beers.