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12 Boston-area breweries with beer gardens open now

Tyler Hickman and his sister Katie Hickman drink beers while their dog Myles gets a treat during a city sanctioned yappy hour held at Dorchester Brewing Company in 2017.The Boston Globe/Globe Freelance

There’s nothing like a cool, refreshing outdoor beer, especially on a hot summer day. With classics like Samuel Adams and cutting-edge operations like the Lamplighter Brewing Co, the Boston area has a little something for everyone looking to try an interesting brew.

Here are 12 local haunts to take advantage of while the sunny, warm weather cooperates. Check online for hours of operation and whether reservations are required.

Aeronaut Brewing Co., Somerville

Grab a seat at Aeronaut’s picnic tables, where patrons can down pilsners, sours, and more. With the murals of flowers around you and the string lights above, it truly feels like paradise. 14 Tyler St., Somerville,


The Anchor, Boston

A seaside beer is a fine thing, especially when you have the USS Constitution just a couple of piers down. Admire the view of Boston Harbor and have a drink in hand to savor the moment. 1 Shipyard Park, Boston,

Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, Brighton

Sure, go to Brato for beer. But stay for the chili cheese nachos and homemade sausages, and the patio with umbrellas. 190 N. Beacon St., Brighton,

Cambridge Brewing Co., Cambridge

There are few breweries out there with better beer names. So while reclined on a patio seat, maybe try a Perhapsody? A Tiny Geometries? Or a Working Class Hero? 1 Kendall Square, Building 100, Cambridge,

Cisco Brewers Seaport, Boston

This 14,000-square-foot Seaport space reopened earlier this season with a menu stocked with beer, wine, hard cider, frosé, and coolers. If you’re in the mood for something a little tropical, Cisco is also serving up small-batch seasonal brews throughout the summer. 85 Northern Ave., Boston,

Dorchester Brewing Co., Dorchester

The view is (almost) as good as the beer. Dorchester Brewing Co. has a 20 line tap system, an on-site restaurant in M&M BBQ, and unbeatable views of the skyline from not one, but two patio spaces. 1250 Massachusetts Ave., Boston,


Kevin and Courtney Donovan, of Somerville, celebrated their wedding anniversary at Trillium Garden on The Greenway in 2020. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff

Harpoon Brewery, Boston

What goes better with brews than specialty sandwiches, pretzels, and pizza? This Boston spot has a new food menu to match its eight draft lines and cans. Reservations are highly encouraged. 306 Northern Ave., Boston,

Idle Hands Craft Ales, Malden

Take a ride to Malden to enjoy Idle Hands’ Belgian and German-inspired beers on its spacious patio. Feeling hungry? The menu pairs with the drinks. Think pretzels, grilled cheese, and hot dogs. 89 Commercial St., Malden,

Lamplighter CX, Cambridge

Aside from their focus on barrel-aged beer, Lamplighter Brewing Co.’s newly established Cambridge Crossing location offers a slew of fun events like trivia nights, yoga classes, and drag races. And on a nice night, their patio is perfect for enjoying a beer. 110 N First St., Cambridge,

Night Shift Brewing, Everett, Lovejoy Wharf

Bring your pup! Night Shift sells draft beers, hard seltzers, and sours to enjoy on in its dog-friendly patio. If you pick a good day, you may also see a food truck — Pennypackers, Daddy’s Bonetown Burgers, or North American Catering Co. — stationed near the Everett location. The Lovejoy Wharf location, just steps from the TD Garden, boasts brews, pizzas, salads, and sides. 87 Santilli Highway, Everett; 1 Lovejoy Wharf, Suite 101, Boston,

Samuel Adams Brewery, Boston and Jamaica Plain

Pick up a pint at Sam Adams’ downtown Boston or Jamaica Plain location. The Faneuil Hall spot sells flatbreads, bratwursts, and tater tots with its drafts. 60 State St., Boston; 30 Germania St., Jamaica Plain,


Trillium Brewing Co., Boston and Canton

Beer gardens at four Trillium locations — the Greenway, Fenway, Fort Point, and Canton — are open for business. Each comes with different, delicious food options, like Naco Taco or Taqueria El Barrio. . 401 Park Drive, Boston; 50 Thomson Place, Boston; 100 Royall St., Canton;

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