Wolff's Biergarten (Albany, NY) for large crowds and large beers. The street is closed for a block or two in front of the bar, and there are several thousand people soaking up the sunshine and happiness. We are dropped off at the edge of the action and jump into the fray (my friend's wife has one in the oven - bummer that she can't join us for copious and delicious brau, but awesome that she is a willing designated kareener).
In addition to a great selection of beers, Wolff's also has some excellent grub. My usual order is a couple of bratwurst with sauerkraut and German potatoes, and a side order of cucumber salad. They also have a decent reuben, and they serve their fries with mayo, which is nice. I used to think that is gross, even though I like mayo. I have since decided that it is tasty. The schnitzel looks great, I should try that soon. I digress.