No longer content to punt on creative outdoor drinking spaces, Boston will soon be the kind of city where you can sip a beer and play lawn games under a highway overpass.
Following a pair of successful Trillium pop-ups on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and in Roslindale, beer gardens will be all over Greater Boston this year, run by some familiar names. Here are four Boston-area beer gardens to enjoy starting May 4.
Castle Island’s Summer Beer Garden
Castle Island will make its pop-up debut in 5,000 square feet of space beneath the Southeast Expressway. The seasonal installation is part of an 8-acre attraction being billed by a real estate developer as Underground at Ink Block, and featuring street art and a dog park, all with views of Fort Point Channel (and the underbelly of the aforementioned highway).
Visitors can lounge (or play cornhole) and enjoy up to 20 Castle Island beers, poured from a custom-made draft trailer. Known for its hop-forward brews like Keeper, a juicy double IPA, Norwood’s Castle Island increased its capacity by 50 percent earlier this year, so there’s more to go around.
Castle Island has not set an opening date for its beer garden, which will operate Thursdays and Fridays (3 p.m. to 10 p.m.) as well as Saturdays and Sundays (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) through mid-October. It’s located at 90 Traveler St., Boston.
Craft Collective @ SoWa Beer Barn
Craft Collective is a boutique distributor known for bringing brands such as Rhode Island’s Proclamation Ale Co. and Maine’s Oxbow Beer to Massachusetts. At the SoWa Open Market, Craft will curate eight tap lines, housed in a retrofitted shipping container. Founder Bryan Ferguson says the emphasis will be on styles suitable for 16-ounce pours.
“You won’t see a bunch of 10 percent ABV IPAs from Vermont,” says Ferguson. “But I think you can count on Fiddlehead IPA most weeks.”
The SoWa Beer Barn will operate every Sunday from May 6 through Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s located inside The Power Station at 540 Harrison Ave.
Notch Brewing’s Mobile Biergarten
Why drive to Boston to sit in a beer garden when the beer garden can come to you? Salem’s Notch Brewing is teaming up with The Trustees, a nonprofit, to launch a series of outdoor biergarten experiences at eight cultural, farm, and park properties.
Visitors to the Notch biergartens can sip the brewery’s lagers and other session offerings from authentic ceramic steinkrugs. Activities will include live music, lawn games, scavenger hunts, and fun runs. The first event is May 17 at Stevens Coolidge Place in North Andover. Subsequent locations include the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, and the Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough.
For more information on the specific events — which run into November — go to notchbrewing.com/mobilebeer.
The Wachusett Brew Yard at City Hall Plaza
Boston will dress up the southeast corner of City Hall Plaza with nine “Patios” made of reclaimed wood and infused with greenery. One of the permanent features will be Wachusett Brewing Company’s Airstream trailer, serving brewery classics like Green Monsta IPA and Blueberry Ale, as well as beer from guest breweries during special tap takeovers. The Patios will also feature five mini-golf holes, as well as ice cream, Boston Public Library book drops, and visits from puppies.
The Patios debuts May 4. The Wachusett Brew Yard will operate every weekday starting at 4 p.m. and weekends starting at 11 a.m.
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