Andechs Abbey, Dießen and Herrsching in Southern Bavaria, Germany

On a hilltop in Bavaria just south of Munich lies the Andechs Abbey, famous for the monk-made beer, beautiful hiking, organic dairy and produce and an all-around monastery/brewery German experience. Nearby are the lakefront towns of Dießen and Herrsching, known to German locals as relaxing places to kick back.

Starkbierfest, Munich, Germany

During Lent, Bavarians observe what is known as Starkbierfest, or Strong Beer Fest. At that time, uber-strong beer can be had at the breweries and it will knock you down. It's said that monks, who fasted during Lent, subsisted on this strong brew.

Tour New Belgium Brewery in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Drink Fat Tire Beer

A visit to a very congenial brewery and taproom, New Belgium Brewery in Ft. Collins, Colorado. You might know its Fat Tire beer. In my experience, New Belgium's digs could qualify as a beer garten in many ways, including the way people are invited to hang out there, take the free tour, and feel comfortable doing so.