Three North Carolina beer gardens rank among the best in the U.S. according to a USA Today readers' poll. The number 1 pick is in Charlotte. (Photo by Kar-Tr/iStock via Getty Images)

Now that the gray, chilly days of winter are leaving us and spring is moving in, our thoughts turn to outdoor living. It’s time to start cutting the grass again, spruce up the deck, and dust off the patio furniture. Meh, that sounds like a lot of work. You could just head out an enjoy afternoon at one of Charlotte’s beer gardens.

USA Today is out with its 2024 Readers’ Choice awards and it includes a list of America’s 10 best beer gardens. I don’t know why but beer does seem to taste better outdoors, especially on a warm, sunny day. According to the newspaper, the ranking was “selected by a panel of beer experts and voted by readers.”

Three North Carolina beer gardens made it onto the top 1o list, including two in Charlotte. At number 6 is Charlotte Beer Garden, which has actually taken the top spot before. My oldest son is a fan. What’s not to love about more than 400 beers on tap? Raleigh Beer Garden has been popular for years and it’s number 4 on the list. And coming in at number 1 for 2024 is Charlotte’s beloved Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten. You can read more about all three below.

Best Beer Gardens in NC (USA Today 2024 Readers’ Choice)

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