Whether it’s a decked out patio or a small swath of greenery and string-lights carved out in the middle of the city, beer garden traipsing is the new bar hopping thanks to plenty of breweries expanding their outdoor digs in inventive ways. Fall, AKA Oktoberfest and pumpkin ale season, is the time to snag seats on brewery patios and beer gardens while the weather is nice – and rich, malty brews are on tap. Here’s a handful of spots to grab a pint.
This artsy brewery’s outdoor patio on West Fountain Street (couched between restaurant neighbors Y Noodle & Bar and The Slow Rhode) will be open for fall with a malt-forward Festbier flowing from the taps. Temple of Plenty is perfect for lovers of German brews, with a bready flavor and notes of honey and almond.
The smallest state’s tiniest brewery welcomes folks to table-clothed picnic tables outside their Lorraine Mills taproom, along with growler fills to bring home for Oktoberfest reveling. If last fall is any indication of this year, expect rich stouts, brown ales, and a pumpkin beer to make their way onto the seasonal menu. Pawtucket
Along with a newly expanded taproom inside, Foolproof’s outdoor space has been known to host events (including a late-summer Augtoberfest with a festbier of the same name). A fall flight wouldn’t be complete without La Ferme Urbaine, a crisp farmhouse ale, and the dark Raincloud porter to balance the scales. Pawtucket
Though based in Pawtucket where their taproom and patio is located, The Guild’s Providence beer garden sits on a rare plot of grass with a view of the city skyline just steps from the Pedestrian Bridge. Stake your claim at one of their tables with orange shade umbrellas and enjoy a pour with snacks from rotating food trucks. This spot is seasonal, so visit before the days get much shorter!
With heaters blazing and seat warmers keeping LLB’s outdoor space cozy, seasonal sipping will include the Oktober Fest Side – their first oak foeder-conditioned marzen of the season – released for an Oktoberfest event. Later in the fall, watch for Armando’s Breakfast, a bourbon barrel-aged stout, and a Friendsgiving collab with PVDonuts, too.
This West End brewery has two garage doors open on nice days, with indoor tables trickling into an outdoor expanse of long wooden benches, potted plants, and even fire pits for chilly nights. The vibe is communal and the beer menu checks off all the boxes. Watch for foodie collabs with neighbor Bucktown, too.
An Oktoberfest celebration at the Fox Point brewery September 30-October 3 will welcome the return of fan-favorite Fest Märzen Lager, based on a Bavarian brew ‘Gansett developed in the ‘60s and featuring toasty German malt and crisp hops. Pumpkin beer lovers can also enjoy a pour of Gourd Reaper, complete with cinnamon sugar on the rim.
For a more authentic biergarten experience, the German American Cultural Society of RI has the Ratskeller, a bar and beer garden open to both members and the public every Friday night with a menu of German sausages, potato salad, and sauerkraut served with mugs of marzen lagers, hefeweizens, Kellerbiers, and plenty of pilsners. Third Fridays are for Trachtenabend: a night of German dress and a special meal. Pawtucket
A seasonal city oasis, Trinity Beer Garden posts up in Biltmore Park through October 16 and you can keep an eye out for the return of pumpkin ale, German-style brews, and flagships from their brewhouse down the street. Food trucks pop up Fridays, and catch comedy shows from Glue Factory Comedy Saturday nights beneath an array of edison bulbs.
Steps from the river, this patio is the perfect spot for a nightcap to finish off a brisk WaterFire jaunt (with lightings planned for October 2, 16, and 27) over mugs of stout. Live music on select nights is part of the indoor nightlife scene, but if you’re bringing your four-legged friend, Union Station Brewery’s outdoor space is a great choice.