Susquehanna Life's Summer 2021 Dining Guide
Best Outdoor Beer Gardens,
as Chosen by our Readers
Rusty Rail Brewing Company (5 N. 8th Street, Mifflinburg) is housed in a gorgeous renovated factory and features a large outdoor Beer Garden patio, outfitted with Bavarian-style beer tables and a rustic gas fireplace. Start your meal with a hand-crafted brew on tap ranging from an IPA or Hefeweizen to an Imperial Stout or Porter; wash it down with some Sourdough Pretzel Knots before you move on to the Blackbean Burger and Warm Brie & Apple salad or pair the Cuban Panini with House Ale Chowder. Finish with a delectable dessert. Live music.
Mount Gretna Craft Brewery (2701 Horseshoe Pike, Palmyra) builds on Lebanon County’s 200-year history as a hub for local breweries. Hand-crafted beer features include amber ales, Berliner Weisse, Vienna Lager, IPAs and Belgian Blonds. Locally sourced food choices range from White Chicken Chili, burgers and chicken sandwiches to hand-tossed pizza and iconic Cottage Pie (local beef and mixed vegetables with mashed potato crust). Don’t miss the German Braided Pretzel served with coarse ground mustard and house beer cheese. Live music on Fridays.
Shybear Brewing (35 Meadowbrook Ln., Lewistown) is a 10-barrel brewery specializing in a variety of beer styles, including Flowerpants (vanilla cream porter), Cellar’s Markets (Kellerbier/Zwickelbier), Windsor (nut English brown ale) and Civic Duty (India pale lager). The property is outfitted with 317 solar panels generating 89 kw/hour, and the focus is on sustainability and recycling. The patio features live music and entertainment. Serving up everything from Poutine and Asian Brussel Sprouts to Shy Burger, Mexicali Fish Tacos and Grilled Veggie Tacos. Everything is delicious.
The Millworks (340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg) serves award-winning craft beer, made with local ingredients, in its restaurant and rooftop biergarten. Favorites include Hefeweizen, Pilsner and Hazy IPA. The 24,000-square-foot facility, which will be on the National Park Service Registry of Historic Places when completed, utilizes repurposed materials including 1920s lighting from Broad Street Market; brick from a 1830s Perry County farmhouse to construct the wood-fired oven; and the side of a Pennsylvania railroad car hangs in the restaurant. Truly a unique experience.