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The beer garden, or Biergarten as it is known in German, originated in Bavaria during the 19th century when top-fermented beer was predominant. Since the fermentation of the beer had to take place at temperatures between four and eight degrees Celsius, King Ludwig I decreed that it had to be brewed during the winter months.
In order to sell the beer during the summer, large breweries dug cellars in the bank of the river Isar, which allowed them to keep the beer at proper temperatures. The banks were covered in gravel and chestnut trees were planted to provide shade and ensure the cellars stayed cool enough. Simple tables and benches were soon set up under the trees so that the breweries could also serve the beer at the cellars and the beer garden was born.
The Plattduetsche Park Restaurant brings this tradition to Long Island every summer when it opens its Biergarten / Beer Garden the first weekend in June. The menu includes choices that one might find in a Munich Biergarten / Beer Garden along with some lighter choices to accommodate everyone. Live music, both traditional German and modern, will be provided every Friday night. Patrons will learn about beer selections and different brewing processes while enjoying the open-air atmosphere.
The Biergarten / Beer Garden will be open starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday nights June through September, providing both a family-friendly venue and a different and fun choice for a night out in the summer. Check the calendar page for more details. The Biergarten / Beer Garden is also available for private parties and corporate cocktail hours, please call our catering staff at (516) 354-3131 for pricing and more information.