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7 beer gardens to visit in your lifetime

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IT’S ALL THANKS to an old German Brauordnung (beer regulation) that we can enjoy a nice cold beer in a shady beer garden today.

According to the Atlantic, a regulation dating back to the 16th century allowed Germans to only brew beer between the months of September and April, partly because beer brewed at colder temperatures was more pure.

As a result, breweries in Germany built cellars to store beer for the off months, and to keep the cellars cool, they planted trees. Soon, tables and gravel were placed under the trees and the Biergarten (beer garden) was born.

We’ve rounded up some of the best places to enjoy a beer outdoors around the world.

Hofbräu München has been brewing beer for over 400 years — it was founded in 1589 by William V, Duke of Bavaria, and is one of only two breweries in Munich still owned by the Bavarian state.

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Founded in Astoria, Queens, in New York City in 1901 by Czechs and Slovaks who had immigrated to the US, the Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden is still one of the best known beer gardens in the city. The menu boasts Czech food such as beef goulash and fried muenster, as well as Czech beers like Brouczevh and Krusovice.

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The Takao Beer Mount is more of a beer observation deck rather than traditional beer garden, but it is outside and surrounded by trees. It’s Tokyo’s highest beer garden and provides great views of Mount Takao and the city, plus there’s an all you can eat and drink buffet.

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With a name like Cafe Sound Garden, it’s no wonder that this Amsterdam beer garden sometimes features live music. Its location on the Singelgracht Canal also makes it a scenic place to sip on a not-so-pricey beer — and guests are even allowed to bring in their own food to enjoy.

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Letná Beer Garden is the perfect spot for a beer — or wine since they serve that too — and a view. Located in Prague’s Letenske Park, the beer garden’s tables look out onto Prague’s Old City and the Vltava River.

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The Newport Arms Hotel in Newport, New South Wales, is home to Australia’s largest waterfront beer garden, largest outdoor cinema screen, as well as plenty of grassy area to sit and enjoy some food and beers picnic style.

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The People’s Park Tavern in London is both beer garden and brewery. The on-site brewery is operated by Laine Brewing Company, and the garden is open year around (it’s covered and heated in the winter). Situated on the edge of Victoria Park, it’s a scenic place to enjoy a cold brew.

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