|Written by Bill Hanks|
Many individuals have patios and decks, for entertaining their friends. ¬†However, you can easily convert your backyard into your own personal beer garden. ¬†This article will give you some suggestions on how to develop your backyard into a beer garden.
Beer gardens got their beginnings in Germany. ¬†They were an open area attached to a beer drinking establishment. ¬†The first beer garden appeared in the United States about 1919 in New York.
Step 1; ¬†Select an area. ¬†Some individuals use their entire backyard, others use just a small area of it. ¬†You want to locate your beer garden where you can easy access to it. ¬†You want it close to a restroom area if possible. ¬†You also need a shady area. ¬†You want your guests out of the sunlight. ¬†Your goal is to make them as comfortable as you can.
Step 2; ¬†Tables and chairs. ¬†Old picnic tables can be painted and maintained very easily. ¬†They are also easy to move and can be done quickly. ¬†Deck furniture can work good, too. ¬†You can use lawn chairs of all types.
Step 3; ¬†Fencing. ¬†A good beer garden has fencing to maintain privacy. ¬†However, it is not necessary. ¬†If you have fencing, you can hang advertisements on it. ¬†This will give you the affect of an authentic beer garden.
Step 4; ¬†Coolers. ¬†You need coolers and beer buckets with ice to keep your drinks and food cool. ¬†You don't need to get too fancy on this. ¬†Some places have access to an old refrigerator. ¬†However, they are not necessary. ¬†Beer buckets are great. ¬†You can take them to your table and keep bottled beer chilled.
Step 5; ¬†Music. ¬†All beer gardens have some form of music. ¬†Many have country music, but you can select music that you like. ¬†A variety of music will keep everyone in a good mood.
Step 6: ¬†Lighting. ¬†You might want to consider citronella candles. ¬†This provides light and keeps insects away. ¬†Low watt light bulbs or best.
Step 7; ¬†Refuse control. ¬†Have trash cans located away from your tables. ¬†This is more sanitary and keeps insects away.
Step 8; ¬†Beer and snacks. ¬†No beer garden is complete without snacks and beer. ¬†Variety in both is a good idea.
Finally, keep in mind that you are responsible to a degree for the individuals in attendance. ¬†Consider a key check and substitute drivers for your guests. ¬†Have fun, but use common sense.