Eight Great New Beer Gardens

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    AP
    Try more than 15 different craft beers on Saturday at the Trump Marina.

    Lately, beer gardens have been proliferating faster than wine bars. Eight places to hoist a stein this Oktoberfest.

     

    Der Schwarze Kölner
    710 Fulton St., at S. Oxford St., Ft. Greene 347-841-4495
    Story: Randi Lockemann is a German native, and Dale Hall lived there for seventeen years; last month, they put their accumulated lager and pilsner knowledge to use at this cheery black-and-white-tiled beer hall. Next spring, expect garden seating.
    Drink This: Schneider-Weisse Aventinus ($7 for a half-liter). The rare dopplebock (a strong German lager) that’s both chocolatey and fruity.
     

     

    Spuyten Duyvil
    359 Metropolitan Ave., at Havemeyer St., Williamsburg 718-963-4140
    Story: The place for beer geeks, with an impressive range of imported brews, from Switzerland’s sour, sage-flavored La Meule to a smoky Bavarian Schlenkerla Helles or Belgium’s funky, citrusy Fantôme Saison. Last spring’s expansion doubled the seating area.
    Drink This: Orval ($12 for 11.2 ounces). The earthy, winelike pale ale made by Belgian Trappist monks is well carbonated.

    The Standard Beer Garden
    844 Washington St, nr. Little W. 12th St. 212-645-4100
    Story: No draft beers yet, and Kurt Gutenbrunner’s “sausage program” won’t start until early fall, but the long shared tables on this brick patio are packed, and the two Ping-Pong tables are occupied from afternoon until midnight every night.
    Drink This: Pilsner Urquell ($6 for twelve ounces). It’s a standard import, but few pilsners can match this Czech’s effervescence.

    Washington Commons
    748 Washington Ave., at Park Place, Prospect Heights 718-230-3666
    Story: Sixteen rotating local and international brews served in proper stemware (Belgian Kwak comes in an hourglass-shaped flagon held in a wooden stand). The space is not so much a beer garden as a leafy courtyard with a fountain fashioned from silver beer taps.
    Drink This: Captain Lawrence Reserve Imperial IPA ($6 for twelve ounces). Potent and bitter. All beers are discounted $2 till 8 p.m. on weekdays.

    Berry Park
    4 Berry St., at N. 14th St., Williamsburg 718-782-2829
    Story: A former manager of the East Village’s Zum Schneider, Christina Kornhuber reconfigured this warehouse into a rustic, hangarlike beer hall. The communal salvaged-wood tables seat 200 (it’s particularly convivial during soccer matches, which are projected on the wall). There’s also a 100-person roof bar with skyline views.
    Drink This: Hofbräu Dunkel ($7 for a half-liter). Don’t let this malty Munich lager’s dark color dissuade you; it goes down smooth.

    Zeppelin Hall
    88 Liberty View Dr., nr. Grand St., Jersey City, N.J. 201-721-8888
    Story: This Jersey City European-style beer garden opened in late June, in a condo complex four blocks from the Grove Street PATH. The indoor-outdoor expanse (combined capacity is 1,000-plus) is dotted with trees and 30-foot-long communal tables. Its Oktoberfest celebration runs through September 27.
    Drink This: River Horse Double Wit ($5 for a half-liter). A fruity, spicy microbrew from Lambertville, New Jersey.

    Studio Square
    35-33 36th St., nr. 35th Ave., Long Island City 718-383-1001
    Story: With graffiti murals and sangria on tap, this 30,000-square-foot megabar could not be more different from its nearby competitor, the scruffily authentic Bohemian Hall. But the sea of shareable tables (seating for 1,000!), bratwursts from Schaller & Weber, and twenty taps sparked by German classics like rich Spaten Oktoberfest keep it real.
    Drink This: Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse ($7 for a half-liter). A lemony German beer made solely with malt, hops, and water.

    t.b.d.
    224 Franklin St., at Green St., Greenpoint 718-349-6727
    Story: They added space this summer, annexing an adjoining lot with grass, gravel, and picnic tables. The selection skews toward local microbrews (Sixpoint, Captain Lawrence), poured slowly and pleasingly priced ($3 till 8 p.m. weekdays; half-price Monday). The upscale comfort food is courtesy of former Diner and Fatty Crab cook Jon Meyer.
    Drink This: Sixpoint Sweet Action ($6 for sixteen ounces); it’s the Red Hook–based brewery’s light, citrusy flagship.

     

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