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2019 Milwaukee beer garden guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on April 10, 2019 at 12:01 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.

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. Spring is finally here, with summer in hot pursuit, 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, a glorious view of Lake Michigan. And to help soak in the sights and the suds, there's also a menu of farm-to-table snacks including pretzels, cheese boards, fries, sandwiches and more.

The South Shore Terrace Kitchen and Beer Garden will open on Wednesday, April 10 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)

The baaree

Located adjacent to the cheel at 105 Buntrock Ave. in Thiensville, the baaree is a beer garden unlike any other. The gorgeous outdoor space features edible plant-scaping, a water feature which creates a zen-like ambiance and a branded fire feature created by Milwaukee Blacksmith that lights up even the darkest of nights. Plus there's a menu featuring inventive sausages, shareable snacks, and plenty of craft brews and cocktails to whet your whistle. Live music is also featured on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

The baaree opens to the public on May 7 with hours Tuesday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Check out the baaree on Facebook for a full list of events.

(PHOTO: Lori Fredrich)

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 is eyeing an opening date at the end of April, when the weather is more consistently in the 60s. Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more updates and announcements.

(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. The beer garden will open for the season on May 3.

(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 beer garden will open for the season on May 15.

(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 – expanded from weekends and special occasions to every day at every stop this year – 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

  • Kletzsch Park: May 15-27
  • Froemming Park: May 29 - June 9
  • Falk Park: June 12-23
  • Jacobus Park: June 26 - July 7
  • Washington Park: July 10-21
  • Bender Park: July 24 - Aug. 4
  • McCarty Park: Aug. 7-18
  • Juneau Park: Aug. 21 - Sept. 2

Roll Out the Barrel Tour

  • Juneau Park: May 8-27
  • Doctors Park: May 29 - June 16
  • Grant Park: June 19 - July 7
  • Lake Park: July 10-28
  • Greenfield Park: July 31 - Aug. 25

The Traveling Beer Garden is open 5-10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, as well as 11 a.m.-11 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, complete with live music, from 5 to 10 p.m. beginning on May 23.

(PHOTO: The Franklin Beer Garden at Croatian Park)

The Vine, Humboldt

The Humboldt Park Beer Garden will become The Vine, Humboldt this summer, a new wine and beer garden offering something for everyone to drink with four wines and four brews on tap at the Humboldt Park Pavilion. The reworked wine and beer garden will host its grand opening in late May, with official hours to be announced.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Whitnall Park Craft Beer Garden

What started as merely a popular stop on the Traveling Beer Garden's summer sprint officially grew into a permanent, Milwaukee County Parks-operated craft beer garden in Whitnall Park. And it's returned to the Root River Parkway for 2019 with a ludicrous lineup of 24 craft beer taps, complete with ciders, hard sodas, wines 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 snacks and food throughout the summer.

The credit card capable beer garden will open for the season on Wednesday, May 3 at 4 p.m., before continuing to pour Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. (The beer garden is open for private events only during the week.)

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