Beer-garden season is on our heels, folks.
One of the summer’s busiest alfresco bar experiences, Independence Beer Garden, just announced that it’s returning for the 2018 season, first opening from April 20 to 22 for a sneak peek. Then, on April 26, it will open again and stay that way seven days a week through September or October (depending on the weather).
The Old City beer garden appeals to locals and tourists alike, thanks to its location right in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic district. It sits in view of National Independence Historical Park and all its Philadelphia attractions, such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Constitution Center.
Plus, the menu is packed with good ol’ summertime fare. There will be 15 beers on draft, including the Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale, Deschutes American Wheat and Evil Genius #Adulting. Nine beers in the $5 to $6 range make up the canned suds list, such as Narragansett, Stella Cidre and the Wisconsin-brewed Leinenkugel Summer Shandy.
You can also have a choice of wine: pinot grigio pinot noir or a glass of rosé for $8. Seven $9 cocktails with Philly-centric names are also up for grabs. Those include the Point Breeze, made with rum, grapefruit, maraschino and lime; and the Gin Jawn, a refreshing, summer-approved concoction of gin, mint, lime and strawberry.
There’s tons of grub, too. Look out for some large platters for groups, such as brisket, pulled pork and chicken wings served family-style alongside mustard, coleslaw and potato buns. You can also choose from snacks like pretzels, cheese curds and hummus; fried chicken, cheesesteak and pulled pork sandwiches; and, for the healthy set, a variety of salads.