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2017 Milwaukee beer garden guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on May 28, 2017 at 1:01 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, 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.

If you've been yearning for a rush of warm breeze and a healthy dose of gemutlichkeit, you don't have long to wait. Spring has officially sprung, 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!

Beer Garden at South Shore Terrace

Officially opened this year on April 13, 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 and expanded seating for this year. Available concessions include an expanded menu of snacks, Pepsi products and MillerCoors products including American lagers, craft beers and ciders. Bring cash or prepare to use the nearby ATM, however, because they don't take card.

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 will host a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 29 from 2 to 8 p.m., with beer-paired appetizers served up by Chef Noah Johnson and live music from Don Turner from 3 until 6 p.m. After opening for the season, the hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.

(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 and freshly baked soft pretzels.

When it opens for 2017 on May 4, the beer garden 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 menu of local craft and imported beer, along with red, white and sparkling wines and a menu which includes Cranky Al's pizza, giant pretzels, obatzda, beer brats, hot dogs, popcorn and fountain drinks, along with specials offered periodically by SA Braai. A schedule of live music will also be posted on the web site.

The Landing will open for the season on May 17 and close October 29, 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, nomadic beer gardens which take up residence at various Milwaukee County Parks throughout the summer. Each beer garden features Sprecher Brewing Company products including beer, gourmet sodas, Hard Root Beer, Hard Ginger Beer, and other refreshments.

New this year, Wicked Urban Grill food trucks will also be present on each night of the traveling beer garden tour. They'll be serving up a daily menu including chicken, hand-cut fries, pork loin, brats, hot dogs and pretzels as well as a variety of daily specials like Meatball Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, Wing Wednesdays, Thursday steak sandwiches and Friday fish fry. There's also the possibility of brunch items on Sundays. A truck will be stationed at each park Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Pass Me a Pint Tour

  • May 17-29: Juneau Park in Milwaukee
  • May 31-June 11: Kletzsch Park in Glendale
  • June 14-25: Froemming Park in Franklin
  • June 28-July 9: McCarty Park in West Allis
  • July 12-23: Zablocki Park in Greenfield
  • July 26-Aug. 6: Lake Park in Milwaukee
  • Aug. 4-6: Brown Deer Golf Course (pop-up at the PHC Classic tournament)
  • Aug. 9-20: Greene Park in St. Francis
  • Aug. 23-Sept. 4: Bender Park in Oak Creek

Roll Out the Barrel Tour

  • May 17-June 11: Greenfield Park in West Allis
  • June 14-July 9: Grant Park in South Milwaukee
  • July 12-Aug. 6: Scout Lake Park in Greendale
  • Aug. 9-Sept. 4: Doctors Park in Fox Point

Also returning this summer is the Beer Garden 5k Series – with participants receiving a pint glass of Sprecher beer and a different shirt for each race. This year's dates and locations include:

  • May 18: Juneau Park
  • June 15: Froemming Park
  • July 6: Grant Park
  • Aug. 3: Lake Park

The Traveling Beer Garden will be open 4-10 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)

Franklin Beer Garden

Located at Croatian Park, 9100 S. 76th St., the Franklin Beer Garden 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 25, the Franklin Beer Garden will be open every Thursday through 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. Beer garden is cash only, but an ATM is available onsite. No official 2017 opening date has been announced yet, but when the beer garden pops back open, the hours will be noon to 10 p.m daily, with last call at 9 p.m.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Whitnall Park Beer Garden

Sad to see the Traveling Beer Garden isn't making a stop at Whitnall Park this year? Well, that's because Whitnall Park is getting a permanent seasonal beer garden – operated by Milwaukee County Parks – for 2017. Located on the Root River Parkway, the beer garden will feature domestic and craft beers and ciders, as well as wine, Pepsi products and a variety of snacks. No official opening date for the season has been announced for the Whitnall Park Beer Garden yet, but stay tuned!


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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