Drinking a beer is nice, but it is way, *way* nicer when done outside on a gorgeous day. So when presented with epic weather like we’ve been having lately in San Francisco, it’s good to have an al fresco watering hole in one’s repertoire. And which is our new favorite?
Biergarten, a pop-up concept located in Hayes Valley from the same people who brought you Suppenküche (a nearby Bavarian-style alehouse and one of the Hus-b’s favorite restaurants). With plenty of utilitarian metal picnic tables, a stellar selection of beers and snacks, and sparkling clean bathrooms (smell ya’ later, Zeitgeist), Biergarten checks off most of the boxes on our list. We enjoyed the Heller lager but on our next visit we will definitely be sampling the Radler, a half beer and half lemonade drink that has “sunny day” written all over it. The design of the space itself is necessarily sparse, as all of the pop-ups in Hayes Valley were built in recycled shipping containers (so pretentiously green and*so* San Francisco), but it is perfectly suited to this kind of use.
As for its suitability for families, we were pleasantly surprised. There is plenty of space between tables to park a stroller, no smoking is allowed (yay!) and snacks like organic soda and pretzel knots are sure to please any tiny tot. (There’s also Smitten Ice Cream pop-up shop located right next door.) The bathroom sitch? Not ideal due to the absence of changing tables, but the aforementioned cleanliness more than made up for it. The crowd was chock full o’ hipsters — not typically a breeder-friendly crowd — but the waxed moustaches and skinny jeans sharing our picnic table were completely undone by the Little Lady’s adorable attempts at beer stein diving.
We are far from the only ones who adore this place, so if you decide to visit Biergarten yourself, be sure to arrive early (especially on sunny days and weekends) because a line forms quickly. Enjoy the sunshine, everyone!