The Beer Gardens

Great beer deserves great settings. Or, as the Germans say, every beer needs a home
("Bier braucht Heimat" ).
Bavarian beer gardens are welcoming, shade-filled, family-friendly places where locals go to meet, eat, relax, and enjoy fresh, local beers. Nowhere in Bavaria is the beer fresher than at a beer garden. In northern Bavaria, around the brewing center of Bamberg, beer gardens were built atop sandstone caves dug down to a perfect depth and temperature for lagering the beer. These lagering cellars are known as Bierkeller.

In an effort to keep the cellared beers cool throughout the year, brewers planted trees atop the Keller to shade the ground. Originally, the locals would hike up the hills to fetch some fresh beer, pulled straight from the wooden barrels stored in the Keller. Eventually, these thirsty locals wanted some refreshment after their long hike. Enterprising brewers began to put out tables and benches for the locals – and even let them bring their own food – so they would settle in for the evening and drink their beer at the source. Eventually the popularity of these beer gardens helped them develop into daily (and nightly) meeting places where locals – and the beers – shared a common home.

With our beer gardens, we are bringing a piece of this tradition to Columbia. The first seasonal pop-up beer garden will be held at the historic Guignard Brick Works along the banks of the Congaree River. We will have the authentic beer garden benches, plenty of shade (from trees, tents, and umbrellas), and the freshest Bierkeller beers served from a traditional German Bierwagen and in traditional glassware (including ceramic mugs).

So come visit us this spring, meet your newest "old friends," and have some authentic German cuisine such as sausages and Kellerplatten (charcuterie and cheese plates) courtesy of local favorites like The Wurst Wagen – and make yourself "at home."