Summer is not complete until you’re sitting next to a perfectly manicured garden sipping a beer made from locally foraged ingredients. Thanks to the folks at Longwood Gardens, you won’t need to go far for your fix. Here are four tasty reasons why this Kennett Square Beer Garden should be on your radar on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings this summer.
1. Victory teamed up with Longwood Gardens to make a special (locally-sourced!) German wheat grapefruit beer. And you can taste the local brewery’s newest signature ale, which uses the essence of Longwood’s own homegrown oroblanco grapefruits, right on-site. The summer favorite, Longwood Seasons: Oro Blanco, is pouring at the Beer Garden — steps away from where its distinctively tart, fruity flavor was plucked from fruit-laden trees.
2. The non-beer libations are just as fresh and inventive. Longwood’s Beer Garden doesn’t disappoint the wine or cocktail connoisseur, either. Choose from handcrafted specialty cocktails (the Blackberry-infused Whiskey Lemonade and Cucumber Vodka Spritzer taste like summer over ice) and a selection of French wines. Also, did you know Victory also brews root beer? They do, and you are definitely going to want to try it here on draft.
3. The Gardens’ A+ pub-style dishes — and beer cheese. Any good beer gardener knows the important balance of suds and sustenance. In addition to drinks, you can get your hands on menu items that include pulled pork BBQ on a brioche bun, a bratwurst and beer-mustard sandwich, and a grilled chicken Caesar wrap. For a hearty snack, try the German braided pretzel made complete with beer cheese, bacon sour cream, and mustard for dipping.
4. At Longwood Gardens, summer lasts through September. To celebrate the relaunch of the Main Fountain Garden, among other things — like, of course, long, warm summer days — Longwood has rolled out Summer of Spectacle, a months-long series featuring amazing fountain performances, live music, food and drink events and more. This means that now through September 30th, you can spend a day taking in the sights — plants, flowers, and an iconic collection of classic European-style fountain gardens, first built circa 1931 — and round it out with a light bite and brew at the Beer Garden and Café.
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