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2018 Milwaukee beer garden guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on April 6, 2018 at 6:01 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Looking out your window watching the snow, yearning for a rush of warm breeze and a healthy dose of gemutlichkeit? We promise your dreams will soon be reality. Before you know it, spring will be here, and with summer in hot pursuit, you'll be able to raise the first of many steins at an area beer garden soon. Here's where to find them, when they're open and what they'll be serving up.

414, let's have one more!

South Shore Terrace Kitchen and Beer Garden

Officially opening this year on April 18 – with a soft opening on April 11 – this expanded beachside concessions area in South Shore Park features the Miller 1855 Bar, with its nearly 30-foot concrete and cedar counter complete with 20 tap handles. The gathering space, open spring through fall, also includes a cedar pergola, two stamped-concrete stages, gas fire pits to keep everyone cozy during cooler weather, expanding seating, live music from local bands on Wednesdays and a glorious view of Lake Michigan. Expect new brews on tap this year, as well as new additions to its menu of farm-to-table snacks.

But the most exciting new addition? They accept credit card now.

The grand opening on April 18 will begin at 4 p.m. As for the rest of the season, hours are Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The kitchen is open until 9 p.m.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Hubbard Park Beer Garden

This Old World Beer Garden in Shorewood is located along the Oak Leaf Trail just south of Capitol Drive. The garden features locally brewed beers, non-alcoholic drinks and a menu featuring sausages, hot dogs, German-style pretzels and Wisconsin cheese.

The beer garden has yet to announce its opening dates for 2018, but stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for updates.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Estabrook Park Beer Garden

Estabrook Park carries the honor of being the first public beer garden in the U.S. since Prohibition. The beer garden, which offers up plenty of shaded seating and a river view, features imported beer from the Munich Hofbrauhaus, along with brats, hot dogs, freshly baked soft pretzels, a Friday fish fry and schnitzel on Saturdays and Sundays.

A soft opening is expecting sometime mid-to-late April, but the beer garden will officially host its grand opening for the season on May 3 – complete with a full weekend of fun for Maifest. As for the rest of the season, Estabrook Park will be open daily from to noon to 10 p.m., with last call at 9 p.m.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

The Landing at Hoyt Park

The Landing – a snazzy beer garden in Wauwatosa featuring both indoor and outdoor seating – features a changing list of local craft and imported beer, along with red, white and sparkling wines as well as a food menu including Cranky Al's pizza, giant pretzels, obatzda, beer brats, hot dogs, popcorn and fountain drinks. A schedule of live music will also be posted on its website.

The Landing will open for the season on May 16 and close October 28, with the hours running Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

(PHOTO: Landing at Hoyt Park-Facebook)

Traveling Beer Gardens

If you like a bit of variety with your beer garden, you'll love Milwaukee's Traveling Beer Gardens, a pair of nomadic former firetrucks turned suds slingers that take up residence at various Milwaukee County Parks throughout the summer.

Beginning May 16, each stop will feature Sprecher Brewing Company products including craft beers, special flights (namely the brand new Oak Leaf Flight, featuring all 12 brews on the truck for your tasting pleasure), gourmet sodas and other refreshments. And to help soak up those suds, the Traveling Beer Garden has added the Iron Grate BBQ food truck on weekends and special occasions (opening night, for example) in addition to its usual menu of pretzels, bratwurst and Polish sausages sold every night. And, like the South Shore Terrace, they all now accept credit cards.

Here's where the mead-mobiles are headed this season:

Pass Me a Pint Tour

  • May 16-28: Juneau Park in Milwaukee
  • May 30-June 10: Kletzsch Park in Glendale
  • June 13-24: Froemming Park in Franklin
  • June 27-July 8: McCarty Park in West Allis
  • July 11-22: Jackson Park in Milwaukee
  • July 25-Aug. 5: Lake Park in Milwaukee
  • Aug. 7-19: Hales Corners Park in Hales Corners
  • Aug. 22-Sept. 3: Currie Park in Wauwatosa
  • Sept. 7-9: Trimborn Farms in Franklin (pop-up)

Roll Out the Barrel Tour

  • May 16-June 3: Greenfield Park in West Allis
  • June 6-24: Bender Park in Oak Creek
  • June 27-July 15: Grant Park in South Milwaukee
  • July 18-Aug. 5: Doctors Park in Fox Point
  • Aug. 8-Sept. 3: Juneau Park in Milwaukee

The Traveling Beer Garden will be open 5-10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, as well as 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Last call is at 9 p.m., and live music performs Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

(PHOTO: Sprecher - Twitter)

Croatian Park Beer Garden

This beer garden, located at 9100 S. 76th St., takes a Croatian twist on the generally German tradition, featuring its own Croatian Park Ale, a popular Croatian brew called Karlovacko, Croatian cordials, and Croatian cevapcici and sausages off the grill. Of course, the beer garden also serves up plenty of Wisconsin craft brews and MillerCoors products, wine, mixed drinks and soda as well.

Starting on May 24, the Croatian Park Beer Garden will be open every Thursday throughout the summer from 5 to 10 p.m.

(PHOTO: The Franklin Beer Garden at Croatian Park)

Humboldt Park Beer Garden

Thanks to a partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks and St. Francis Brewery, the Humboldt Park Beer Garden features a selection of local food along with rotating taps of Wisconsin craft beer. It's cash only, but an ATM is available onsite. The 2018 foamy festivities will begin on Thursday, May 3. The grand opening will begin at 3 p.m., with the ceremonial tapping at 5 p.m. As for the rest of the season, Humboldt Park will be open from noon to 10 p.m daily, with last call at 9 p.m.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Last year, what started as merely a popular stop on the Traveling Beer Garden's summer sprint officially grew into a permanent, Milwaukee County Parks-operated beer garden in Whitnall Park. And it'll return for 2018 to the Root River Parkway with a variety of domestic and craft beers, ciders, hard sodas, wine and other refreshments in tow – as well as a lineup of local musicians performing from 3-6 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. The official hours for the upcoming season have yet to be confirmed, but the beer garden – now credit card capable – is set to start pouring on Friday, May 4.

Talkbacks

olderwiser | June 29, 2017 at 8:38 p.m. (report)

Is there a specific website that shares what kind of music is playing at each beer garden thru the summer?

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mainfr4me | April 25, 2017 at 11:03 a.m. (report)

Waukesha's Oktoberfest is returning this year to Frame Park, and they will have two neighborhood beer gardens at Bethesda and River Hills parks.

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