Ah, sweet summertime—the perfect season to get outside, enjoy the company of the people we love, and indulge in an endless array of fresh, specially-crafted ales. In Iowa, that dream is a reality come summer—when beloved beer gardens and other local haunts bring their A-game with an updated menu chock-full of decadent beers, spirits and more.
If you’re looking for a unique, community-driven space to kick back and down a few pints with friends this summer, you’ll want to check out one of Iowa’s five best beer gardens:
Live music, multi-dimensional brews, rotating food trucks and an inimitable atmosphere all come together at Dixie’s Biergarten—a Decorah-based gem made famous for its German flair and upbeat, outdoor environment. For more information, visit dixiesdecorah.business.site.
Hideaway Beer Garden and Pub
If you’re looking for a classic beer garden escape in the heart of Fairfield, look no further than the Hideaway Beer Garden and Pub—an Iowan hotspot that features rows of outdoor seating, gaming activities like a pool table, a wide selection of craft beers and more.
German-inspired cuisine and imported German beer on tap seamlessly blend at Des Moines’ super-unique Hessen Haus. The beer garden destination taps into the charm of a German-style “bier hall,” all while celebrating the local flair that makes Iowa such a fun midwestern state. For more information, visit hessenhaus.com.
Settled in the heart of Downtown Waterloo, this spirited, German-infused beer garden boasts a globally-inspired atmosphere made all the more memorable by great beers, local meats, breads (hi, cheese and pretzels), other eccentric cuisine offerings and more. For more information, visit antonsgarden.com.
Simply put: it doesn’t get cooler (or likely more fun) than a visit to Armored Gardens. The Davenport destination has an outdoor courtyard that boasts everything from a mini golf putting spot, music, endless benches of cafeteria-style seating and an inimitable vibe that’s equal parts vibrant yet chill. For more information, visit armoredgardens.com.