Just when you feel it’s safe to venture out of the air conditioning to enjoy a drink or three in the mellow evening air of the late summer, that’s about the time most beer gardens are starting to think about shutting down for the year.

It’s the same rigid, old-school thinking which decrees that swimming pools must be drained after schools restart and that you can’t wear short sleeves after Oct. 1. And who says the only foods worth eating with those frosty flagons of beer are cold edamame and greasy gyoza?

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