112 Washington St.
South Norwalk, CT 06854
Since opening in 2014, The Beer Garden in South Norwalk has impressed with its fun atmosphere and superb assortment of brew. This garden is bountiful indeed, with over six dozen local and national craft beers, not to mention several offerings from Germany, Belgium, Ireland and Japan. Drink at one of the large picnic tables and enjoy music from local DJs and bands, or drop by with a group of friends and challenge them to a game of giant Jenga.
55 Stony Hill Road
Bethel, CT 06801
Making a trip to Bethel’s Old Heidelberg is the next best thing to traveling to Germany itself. The cozy German restaurant has an attractive, gravel-floored beer garden that fills up during its annual Oktoberfest celebration, however, it is worth visiting any time the weather permits. Savor a tall glass of Radeberger Pilsner, or one of its thirty German bottled beers, from Aecht to Erdinger to Weihenstephaner. Don’t miss its all-you-can-eat buffet every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
131 Dwight St.
New Britain, CT 06051
This longtime fixture in New Britain underwent renovations in 2009, including the installation of an upper-level beer garden. Among the many German brews it pours are Spaten Optimator, Warsteiner Pilsner and Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss. No matter which one you order, the staff, dressed in traditional German garb, will break into the restaurant’s traditional cheer. They’ll get especially excited if you order a larger size, including the 2-liter served in a souvenir “Das Boot” stein.
500 Main St.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Stratford’s Two Roads is one of the state’s best breweries, and now it is expanding its beer garden. In addition to the one at its home headquarters, Two Roads has opened another beer garden at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard, home of the Atlantic League Baseball team the Bridgeport Bluefish. The Two Roads Beer Garden debuted at the stadium this April in time for the 2015 season. There’s no better way to celebrate summer in Connecticut than by taking in a ball game and sipping a local specialty like Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils or Workers Comp Saison.
6 Harbor Point Rd.
Stamford, CT 06902
A recent addition to Stamford’s Harbor Point, Sign of The Whale is distinguished by its large rooftop beer garden with its great view of the shoreline. The draft list includes selections from Goose Island, Sea Dog and Cisco. It also offers over thirty bottles, some of which are hard to find, like California’s Arragant Bastard and a couple of fruit and vegetable beers, Abita Purple Haze and Wells Banana Bread. Pair your brew with a Whale Burger topped with smoked bacon, fried egg, gruyere cheese and truffle spread.