This article was updated in June 2020.
Beer gardens became popular in Germany in the 19th century. In an effort to keep their breweries cool during the lager brewing process, beer makers planted chestnut trees to provide shade. Drinking a cold one under the leaves sounded like a great idea to the thirsty brewers, so they scattered gravel, laid out tables and chairs, and voila! The beer garden was born. The concept spread quickly around the world, and the outdoor setting made it easy for many establishments to welcome pets. We take a closer look at a few incredible beer gardens from Austin to Australia that invite Fido to "paw" you another pint.