Here are Four Boston-area Beer Gardens to Start Enjoying Next Month


No longer content to punt on creative outdoor drinking spaces, Boston will soon be the kind of city where you can sip a beer and play lawn games under a highway overpass.

Following a pair of successful Trillium pop-ups on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and in Roslindale, beer gardens will be all over Greater Boston this year, run by some familiar names. Here are four Boston-area beer gardens to enjoy starting May 4.

Castle Island’s Summer Beer Garden

Castle Island will make its pop-up debut in 5,000 square feet of space beneath the Southeast Expressway. The seasonal installation is part of an 8-acre attraction being billed by a real estate developer as Underground at Ink Block, and featuring street art and a dog park, all with views of Fort Point Channel (and the underbelly of the aforementioned highway).

Visitors can lounge (or play cornhole) and enjoy up to 20 Castle Island beers, poured from a custom-made draft trailer. Known for its hop-forward brews like Keeper, a juicy double IPA, Norwood’s Castle Island increased its capacity by 50 percent earlier this year, so there’s more to go around.

Castle Island has not set an opening date for its beer garden, which will operate Thursdays and Fridays (3 p.m. to 10 p.m.) as well as Saturdays and Sundays (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) through mid-October. It’s located at 90 Traveler St., Boston.

Craft Collective @ SoWa Beer Barn

Craft Collective is a boutique distributor known for bringing brands such as Rhode Island’s Proclamation Ale Co. and Maine’s Oxbow Beer to Massachusetts. At the SoWa Open Market, Craft will curate eight tap lines, housed in a retrofitted shipping container. Founder Bryan Ferguson says the emphasis will be on styles suitable for 16-ounce pours.


Cover Photo: Castle Island’s Summer Beer Garden will debut beneath the Southeast Expressway.

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