Tossing back pints in the summer sun or sipping by a fire beneath the stars at an inviting outdoor beer garden, there are plenty of ways to toast to Beer City USA, all summer long! And, whether you’ll stop by an anchor of the Grand Rapids beer scene or pick your picnic table at a tucked-away hideout, you’ll love these spots to raise a glass to good times spent on inviting outdoor patios this summer!
Founders Brewing Co. — Massive hangout modeled after a German beer hall, with garage-style glass doors that open up to an expansive front patio and beer garden overlooking Heartside Grand Rapids. Order up pints and enjoy at a picnic table, or cozy up near the heat lamps and outdoor fire pits at night, maybe with a Nitro Rubaeus or Green Zebra (watermelon gose) in hand!
New Holland Brewing’s The Knickerbocker — An urban beer hall and breathtaking outdoor beer garden with oversized family-style tables, a lush living wall, and fire tables for cool summer nights! Take in all the magical details of this spot while sipping on a pint of their Tangerine Space Machine, Kombucha IPA, or Cerveza con Limón!
Brewery Vivant — The world’s first LEED-certified microbrewery, serving up rustic Michigan farmhouse ales alongside scratch-cooked, European-inspired dishes. Soak up the patio vibes here with sips like Tropical Saison — brewed with real pineapple, mango, and fruit-forward Citra Hops.
The Mitten Brewing Co. — West Side microbrewery housed in a historic firehouse, with both a ground level patio and an elevated deck! Order a pizza and enjoy on the patio with sips like Mango Gold or League of Their Own — a tea-infused blonde ale.
Harmony Eastown — Enjoy artisanal pizza and a pint on this welcoming patio, with summer selections like Lovely Day — a contra-hopped IPA brewed with lavender, chamomile flower, and zested orange!
Harmony Hall — Sit along the upper-level terrace area (with overhead doors that let the summer breeze drift in) or claim a spot on the small, intimate back patio for pours like Beach Wedding Saison — bright, zesty, and brewed with plenty of apricots!
Perrin Brewing — Enjoy this sprawling, off-the-beaten-path brewery and its industrial digs, or step outside to the brick paver-lined patio with picnic tables and oversized umbrellas. Try staples like their Grapefruit IPA or new pours like Kveik’n It Real — a Nordic IPA with tropical fruit aromas!
ELK Brewing — With a Comstock Park location featuring overhead doors that open onto an inviting outdoor space and a Wealthy Street Taproom with an outside hangout where you can enjoy a brew by the fireplace or play a game of bags, you’ll love either of ELK’s two welcoming taprooms — and seasonal sips like their Sunshine IPA and Lime Gose!
Rockford Brewing Company — Downtown Rockford brewery along the scenic Rogue River with an all-new patio! Try summery favorites like the Cactus Pear Weisse witbier or Hoplust IPA.
Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery — Cozy front patio overlooking the West Side’s Bridge Street, where you can order up an inventive pie and enjoy it alongside a pint of South Pacific Hopped Pale Ale — a sour farmhouse IPA with notes of peach, pineapple, and cantaloupe!
DeHop’s Brewing Company & Cafe — Walker brewery housed in a modern, Alpine-style lodge — featuring locally sourced, sustainable food and exceptionally brewed beer. Try summer sips like Beach Bod at a picnic table on this patio strung with bistro lights.
Greyline Brewing Co. — Small-but-special seasonal patio with picnic tables, lush plantings, and a living pergola of hops growing overhead! Try the Green Rabbit Yeast Coast IPA or the Humblebee honey oat.
Gravel Bottom Craft Brewery & Supply — Ada craft brewery featuring a patio with oversized picnic tables and seasonal pours like the Front Porch Guava IPA.
East West Brewing Company — Welcoming deck at the heart of Eastown, where you’ll try patio-season favorites like the Georgia Love peach sour, finished as a shandy with a shot of lemonade and a sprig of fresh mint!
Trail Point Brewing Company — Allendale brewery with a casual, rustic outdoor patio and a cozy fire pit. Sip brews like Ale’ndale (a gently hopped cream ale) or Dr. Peelgood (a blood orange wheat).