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2020 Milwaukee beer garden guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on July 3, 2020 at 10:01 a.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.

As area cities plot to make streetside dining more available as a means for reopening struggling restaurants and bars, Milwaukee-area beer gardens are slowly coming back online. Here's the latest news:

The dog- and family-friendly Baaree beer garden in Thiensville is open, serving food and froth, as well as live music and trivia nights. Opens at 2 p.m. daily, except Mondays.

The beer offerings change often, but a recent menu listed New Glarus' Spotted Cow, 3 Sheeps' Cashmere Hammer nitro stout, Central Waters' HHG APA American pale ale and Good City's pils alongside a number of national craft brews from Surly, Alaskan Brewing, WarPigs, Bell's, Rogue and Big Sky, with a couple imports, too.

The Deer District beer garden at the Fiserv Forum is open and there is a new food truck on-site. Details here.

Estabrook Park Beer Garden has reopened with its regular hours, noon to 10 p.m., much to the relief of its many fans.

The Franklin Beer Garden at Croatian Park, 9100 S. 76th St., is now open. The beer garden, which sits on 30 acres, has live music, food, mixers and wine, as well as import and domestic beers. Happy hour, from 5 until 6 p.m., offers $2. It's open every Thursday, 5-10 p.m., through Sept. 17.

The Landing at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa is open for on-site quaffing.

Shorewood's Hubbard Park Beer Garden is offering what it calls "full service beer and food." It will also has table limits, timed cleaning and sanitation schedules and employees serving as "dedicated safety officers" to enforce social distancing.

The Vine at Humboldt Park is now back open and South Shore Terrace follows on Monday, July 6.

Kegel's Inn in West Allis is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Details here:

The Public Table side of the West Allis Beer Garden is also open and hosting live music on the weekends, including a July 4 event with Chicken Wire Empire. There's also craft beer and an upscale bar menu. More here.

Sprecher opened its Glendale Outdoor Oasis and more details on that can be found here.

Story Hill FireHouse hosts a weekly "beer yard" on Sundays in July from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. with beer specials each week (Pabst and Corona seltzer on July 5; Lakefront IPA and Riverwest Stein on July 12; Guitar City and Naked 3Some from Raised Grain on July 19; and Loop Station and Fishin for Fishies from Eagle Park on July 26) and a full bar.

Live music is scheduled for each event and there will also be outdoor games to play, too. No food for sale but you can carry-in from area restaurants or from home. Leashed dogs are welcome.

The Tosa Village Beer Garden outside Buckatabon on State and Harwood has reopened and is operating weekdays from 2 until 10 p.m. and weekends, 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. More info here.

Milwaukee County's two Traveling Beer Gardens, operated in partnership with Sprecher Brewery, started their delayed seasons, having canceled only the initial stops on each of the tours.

The Pass Me a Pint Tour opened on Wednesday, June 10 at Froemming Park in Franklin, while the Roll Out the Barrel Tour started Friday, June 12 at Doctors Park in Fox Point.

The Traveling Beer Gardens are open 5-10 p.m on weekdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends, with last call at 9 p.m.

"Sprecher is once again excited to be part of the Traveling Beer Gardens with the Milwaukee County Parks," said Sprecher Chief Commercial Officer Jim Kanter.

"It is a great, longstanding tradition in the Milwaukee area which brings people together in our great parks system during the summer. We look forward to people getting out and enjoying the delayed start to the summer season in Milwaukee."

The complete Traveling Beer Gardens schedules can be found here.

Sprecher is launching a new limited release brew, too, as the first in a new Inspired by Parks series, available in cans at local retailers. The Grant Park honey lager was inspired by the 1892 South Milwaukee farmhouse that is now home to the Grant Park Golf Clubhouse. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Milwaukee County Parks.

Whitnall Park Beer Garden in Greendale is open 4-10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends, with last call at 9 p.m. Two more beer trailers have been brought in to help ease lines of patrons waiting for beer. There will be 24 beer lines, with beers from local brewers including MKE Brewing Company, the nearby Explorium Brewpub, Eagle Park Brewing, Good City Brewing, Sprecher Brewing Company and MillerCoors.

Stay tuned for more on the reopening of Milwaukee's beloved beer gardens as soon as there is news.

Until then, and even after then, please be safe so that we help keep each other healthy and so that we don't have to shut it all down again.

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