Thrillist: 21 of the Best Biergartens in the CountryBy Kristin Hunt
Now that the sun's finally out, its time to take full advantage by enrolling in Jazzercise in the park...or, uh, drinking enormous boot shaped beers outisde all summer long. With SPF-1,00 in hand, we dusted off the lederhosen to round up the nation's top beer gardens, where the brews are always flowing and the German influences range from mere conceptual inspiration to full-on polka bands. Prost!
"Rathskeller" translates to "basement beer hall", but you'll just have to overlook that as you resist the taxidermied charm of the moose heads lining the interior walls. The real attraction here's the outdoor area, loaded with picnic tables and featuring a band shell for live music and plenty of thirsty Hoosiers. The beers are large, the people drinking them are friendly, and heat lamps stand guard to ensure the drinking continues deep into the night, even when the weather's not idea...weather seldom keeps a Midwesterner from a beer.