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Bethesda Patch – Bethesda On List Of Beer Gardens With Terrific Brews Around DC

BETHESDA, MD — To find a quality beer garden, you don’t need to buy an expensive plane ticket to Germany. In fact, some of the coolest communal drinking spots are right here in the D.C. metro area.

Eater published a list of “16 Beer Gardens With Terrific Brews Around D.C.,” and the ones that made it will not disappoint. Each beer garden boasts a unique vibe, menu, and beer selection — which means there’s a German-inspired pub grub spot for virtually every taste.

One beer garden that made the list: Owen’s Ordinary in North Bethesda.

Owen’s Ordinary — an eatery serving American fare and an impressive selection of regional craft beers — set up shop in North Bethesda’s Pike & Rose development in late 2016.

Located at 11820 Trade St., the space is reminiscent of a Victorian-era tavern, with its quaintly patterned walls, dark wood finishes, and beautiful bookcases.

The soapstone bar opens up to an awesome outdoor beer garden.

At the center of Owen’s Ordinary is a temperature-controlled draft room that sends beer through these large copper chutes and directly into the bar.

Unsurprisingly, there’s no shortage of great beers on tap. Out of 50 rotating drafts, roughly half of them hail from Maryland, according to Eater. Also at the ready are 150 canned and bottled drinks — a third of which also come from Maryland breweries.

The food also looks great.

According to the folks at Owen’s Ordinary, the food is “deceptively simple” and “essentially a collection of classic American staples updated with artisanal ingredients from regional farmers and purveyors.”

Dishes range from crispy shrimp sliders and blackened fish tacos to cucumber honey gazpacho and Bavarian-style pretzels served with beer cheese.

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