Springtime calls for group gatherings, birthday parties, and of course, lots of beer drinking. Here's a list of Williamsburg's best beer gardens, from gigantic industrial sized halls to quaint European style bars.
Not only is Brooklyn Brewery one of the best breweries in NYC, it's also a bar! On weekends, you can take a tour of the facility, but most patrons just go to drink. $20 gets you six drink tokens, which you can cash in at the bar for your choice of seasonal beers. There's not much in the way of atmosphere in the large beer hall, which has cement floors and picnic tables, but you are welcome to bring in outside food, making it a favorite for birthday parties and large gatherings.
The first official beer hall in Williamsburg, Radegast has held its own as one of the most popular places for daytime and nighttime drinking. The decor is traditionally German, with wood beams and long banquet tables. There's an outdoor section with a retractable roof, and a sausage station in back with several kinds of gourmet mustards to accompany your bratwurst. The bar is totally swamped on weekends, so go for the party, or check it out on a quieter weeknight.
Berry Park is a gigantic beer hall located just off McCarren Park. Indoors you'll find huge tables and on weekends a projector screen for major sports events. If you were wondering where to watch the World Cup, look no further. Upstairs there's roof access complete with a second bar so you don't have to schlep all the way downstairs for a refill. Pub food, like shepherd's pie and pretzels baked on the premises, is available. Berry Park is a great choice for birthdays or whenever you want to drink with a crowd.
Sister to Manhattan's popular beer bar, Spitzer's, Spritzenhaus has over 100 beers on tap, plenty of seating, and outdoor sidewalk tables in the event of nice weather. Located just over the Williamsburg border into Greenpoint, this 6,000 square foot bar has a full menu and a wood burning oven. Its atmosphere is a bit fancier than Radegast and Berry Park, with stools situated around circular tables and a fireplace adding a more elegant overall charm.
If you're more of a beer connoisseur rather than a beer guzzler, Spuyten Duyvil is for you. The indoor space is a bit narrow and cramped, but in the warmer months their outdoor garden in the back is an oasis of greenery. This bar imports bottles of beer from Europe, mostly France, Austria, and Germany. The chalkboard list of bottles can be overwhelming, but the bartenders are experts, so feel free to consult them. There are small snacks, like pickled eggs and chocolate bars for the hungry.
Neighboring Bushwick was a vital part of America's beer history and was home to numerous breweries. By the 1970s, all of the breweries in Bushwick had closed. In 2016, Bushwick became home to its first brewery in forty years. Kings County Brewers Collective opened its spacious taproom this summer. Order one of their smartly named brews including Short Term Goals, Sandcastles, Secret Smoke, Flying Canoe and others. Check out their website for upcoming beer events at Kings County Brewers Collective. This brewery is a great addition to Bushwick, reviving long gone beer scene.