Imbibe with the season’s best craft beer selections before the warm breeze turns into a bitter chill. Each of these eight beer gardens offers its own flavor, whether you’re looking for live entertainment, artistic elements or proximity to the beach.
At the heart of the Wilmington Riverfront, Constitution Yards is where adult beverages meet childhood fun. Inside the configuration of old shipping containers are picnic tables, lounge chairs and a sandpit for little ones to play. For entertainment, enjoy live music (Fridays and Saturdays); sporting events on a massive projection screen; ax-throwing, provided by Wilmo Axe; and an ice skating rink in the winter. The garden offers rotating selection of craft beers, as well as specialty cocktails and wine. Also, check out 10th Street Barbecue, an on-site eatery serving up sandwiches, barbecue platters and other small plates.
What was once the Eastern Condensed Milk Company is now a pop-up beer garden and community gathering space with a name that pays homage to its past. The space exudes a garden vibe situated between historic stone buildings. A back lot caters to tots with games and ample space to run around, while the old barn features a full bar and event space. Enjoy a robust menu, including flatbreads, salads and sandwiches, plus a variety of beers, cocktails and wine.
401 Birch St., Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; 732-7040
This backyard spaces at both the Lewes and Middletown locations provide a place for adults to enjoy house-made brews while the kids explore the jungle gym. The creative beers are brewed for easy sipping and to put patrons in the “hammock state of mind.” Bring your appetite for the popular Pineapple Express wings, plus a variety of salads and handhelds.
316 Auto Park Drive, Middletown; 601-7837
36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes; 644-7837
This family-owned brewery is operated by true beer lovers. Located in Yorklyn in an old Garrett Snuff Mill building, the industrial space was transformed into a taproom and microbrewery, with an outdoor garden for socializing and listening to live music. On the green, patrons can gather around picnic tables or lounge on blankets. Mainstays include a traditional Belgium witbier called the Nit Wit, and the Hopworts Express, a West Coast IPA.
2878 Creek Road, Yorklyn; 235-8429
This indoor/outdoor restaurant and beer garden is tucked away from noise of downtown. Industrial elements like an Airstream kitchen, brick walls and metal accents create a cool yet cozy vibe. The drink menu features an expansive list of craft beers (on tap and in cans), as well as a few wines and specialty cocktails. Elevated pub fare features dishes like chicken ranch nachos, tacos and crab fries.
804 N. Orange St., Wilmington; 482-1299
A hot spot for boozy drinks and live entertainment, this colorful spot is a great place to party any night of the week. Out back, its Biergarten is fenced in with plants, a separate bar and live music. An expansive libations menu of beers, cocktails and wines is sure to please all.
134 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach; 226-1139
This seasonal beer garden is operated by the Rehoboth Beach brewery and features a green space, picnic tables and an open airplane hangar with additional seating. Choose from rotating food trucks, which pair well with the brewery’s on-tap IPAs, lagers and more. All sales benefit the Beebe Medical Foundation.
29763 Eagle Crest Road, Milton; 212-5674
Nestled in Rehoboth Beach, this SoDel Concepts beer garden is front and center. Find plenty of outdoor seating, fire pits and games, plus house-made brews and Southern-inspired dishes like pimento cheese dip and fried chicken.
30133 Veterans Way, Rehoboth Beach; 226-4677