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By Scott Roberto / April 19, 12:00 AM
High 5: Beer Gardens
Photo: courtesy of Seaport by WS Development


Imbibe in the great outdoors at one of these sudsy destinations


Cisco Brewers Seaport Beer Garden (pictured): The Nantucket beer mavens returned for the fourth year to this waterfront neighborhood on April 15. Per Massachusetts regulations, patrons must purchase food along with their beverages, yet fear not—a new food vendor, Rexicana Surf Cantina, offers Mexican- and Caribbean-inspired fare at its pop-up location at the 14,000-square-foot patio.


Trillium Brewing Company: The word is this acclaimed brewery plans to re-open its seasonal beer garden on the Rose Kennedy Greenway on May 20. Meanwhile, Trillium's large patio space at its small facility in the Fenway made its spring debut on April 1. Taqueria El Barrio provides tasty treats to enjoy alongside pints of innovative and creative brew.


Owl’s Nest Craft Beer Gardens: Everett-based Night Shift Brewing boasts two beer gardens along the Charles River. The Esplanade outpost made its spring debut on May 8, while the Herter Park location in Allston debuts in mid-May. As in years past, a rotating lineup of food trucks are planned to satisfy the hunger of those visiting both locales.

The Anchor: This two-story outdoor space adjacent to the USS Constitution has already opened for the season, offering a variety of adult beverages from breweries throughout New England. A variety of outdoor fitness classes are on the schedule as well for those that want to work off all those carbs. This month, the return of daily live music has gone into effect, and live comedy on the second and fourth Sunday of every month has recommenced as well.


Castle Island Brewing Company: In addition to the big news that this Norwood-based brewer plans to open a new tasting room closer to its namesake landmark in South Boston, this purveyor of hoppy ales and lagers has just re-opened its Party in the Parking Lot at its headquarters, which is in service Thursday through Sunday and features a beer-centric menu of snacks, tacos, mac & cheese and more by Lombardo’s.

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