Beer is community. You can see it in the way we flock to new breweries, to beer-centric bars, and to taprooms, tastings and tap takeovers. The opening of Hofbrauhaus and the re-launch of Savor Market as Savor Pint Beer Garden have us thinking about beer gardens around the city. Broadly defined, beer gardens are large outdoor seating areas where both beer and food are served. Regardless of how well these spots fit the definition, they all serve the same purpose: bring people together over beer and food. If you're looking to cultivate camaraderie, hopefully you can visit one of these beer gardens before the weather turns permanently sour.

Beer is community. You can see it in the way we flock to new breweries, to beer-centric bars, and to taprooms, tastings and tap takeovers. The opening of Hofbrauhaus and the re-launch of Savor Market as Savor Pint Beer Garden have us thinking about beer gardens around the city. Broadly defined, beer gardens are large outdoor seating areas where both beer and food are served. Regardless of how well these spots fit the definition, they all serve the same purpose: bring people together over beer and food. If you're looking to cultivate camaraderie, hopefully you can visit one of these beer gardens before the weather turns permanently sour.

The Pint House

780 N. High St., Short North

It's a surprise anyone can fit a beer garden in Short North, but The Pint House has done it. The open and airy layout justifies its claim to being the only beer garden in the Short North, with tall ceilings, skylights and patio lights strung over patrons' heads. A selection of more than 80 beers gives you an excuse to extend your stay in the garden, with plenty of options from weekly tap takeovers, 21-ounce drafts, or the 32-ounce half-yard of beer. The menu is designed to be paired with beer-drinking, from pretzels and pizzas to burgers and sandwiches.

Zauber Brewing Company

909 W. Fifth Ave., Grandview

Zauber's European-style brews and proclivity to show soccer matches on the big screens justifies their beer garden status. Both the taproom and the front patio sport open layouts filled by rows of communal tables. Now that Zauber's new brewing system is fully up and running, the tap lines flow with house brews. Complete the picture with a liter glass of Stodgy Brown alt or Portergeist to go with meals from the food trucks parked out front. (Zauber's German backbone puts it on this list, but don't forget Land-Grant or Seventh Son's use of communal tables and outdoor spaces, too.)

Plank's Bier Garten

888 S. High St., Brewery District

Plank's gets by more on its old school, dive bar charm than its authentic German vibe, but the pitchers of German-style beers (Dortmunder Gold, Yuengling, Warsteiner) and outdoor seating with picnic tables justify the "bier garten" title. Pizza is the signature eats at this German Village watering hole, and it pairs nicely with pints sipped on the front patio, around the bar or out back in the garden.

Germania of Columbus

543 S. Front St., Brewery District

Germania might be the closest you can get to Columbus' German brewing heritage. The German cultural organization is headquartered in the former home of Nicolaus Schlee, brewmaster of the old Blenkner-Schlegel Brewery. Although Germania is a private club, public events like seasonal fests, concerts and other goings-on open their beer taps, their German kitchen and grassy beer garden to everyone.

World of Beer Easton

3934 Townsfair Way, Easton

World of Beer's second Columbus location took advantage of more real estate to open an 800-square-foot beer garden at Easton (although don't knock the Brewery District location in the old Worley Building, part of the former Hoster Brewery). Although more of a covered alleyway, the garden offers thirsty patrons rows of picnic tables to enjoy some fresh air while imbibing. The drink menu is a veritable onslaught of beers, boasting nearly 500 brews from across the globe both on tap and in the bottle. World of Beer's recently announced South Campus Gateway location will feature even more old-style German fun: They're planning a beer garden of nearly 4,500-square-feet that will dominate the alley outside.