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2018 Milwaukee beer garden guide

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After spending an overly long winter and non-existent spring watching the snow fall outside your window, your dreams of warm breezes, the glowing sun and a healthy dose of gemutlichkeit are finally reality. Summer is in full effect, so it's time to raise the stein to the sunny weather at an area beer garden. Here's where to find them, when they're open and what they're serving up.

414, let's have one more!

South Shore Terrace Kitchen and Beer Garden

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. There are 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.

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.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Estabrook Park Beer Garden

Estabrook Park – serving daily from noon until 10 p.m., with last call at 9 p.m. – 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.

(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 runs Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. until it closes for the season on Oct. 28.

(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.

Each stop features 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 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 can be found this season:

Pass Me a Pint Tour

  • 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

  • July 18-Aug. 5: Doctors Park in Fox Point
  • Aug. 8-Sept. 3: Juneau Park in Milwaukee

The Traveling Beer Garden is 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.

The Croatian Park Beer Garden will pour 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. Now open, Humboldt Park will keep pouring through the rest of the season 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's returned to the Root River Parkway for 2018 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 5-8 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Whitnall's suds spot also comes with barbecue to help soak up the beer, with the Gift of Wings Grill serving up pig roasts on select Sundays throughout the summer.

Now open, the beer garden – now credit card capable – will continue to pour for the rest of the season Wednesdays through Fridays from 4-10 p.m. as well as Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.


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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