How to Grow a Beer Garden

Grow your own ingredients inspired by a love of the frothy beverage.

I recently decided to put a twist on a traditional container garden. The kids and I transformed the galvanized tub that we typically use to hold drinks at our barbecues into a beer garden! Popular plants used in beer making include hops, lavender, cilantro, mint, sweet woodruff, cardamom, ginger and berries. We took a trip to our local garden center and selected a few of our favorites. This garden not only serves as a great centerpiece for an outdoor party, it is practical too. All of the herbs can be harvested for future use in cooking and beer making. The perennial herbs, such as the hops, can also be transplanted into the ground during the early fall to provide a new crop next spring.

Supplies:

  • A planting container with drainage holes
  • Potting soil
  • Three 24-inch branches—I clipped them from the woods.
  • Three empty beer bottles with the labels removed
  • Beer garden plants—hops, lavender, mint, cardamom, sweet woodruff, ginger, lemongrass, cilantro
  • Moss
  • Garden twine
  • Hand-held garden pruners

See the gallery below for all the how-to instructions. Happy planting!

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