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A beer garden might be returning to Pere Marquette in 2018. (PHOTO: MKE Oktoberfest)

Is a new beer garden coming to Pere Marquette Park?

There is a proposal to bring a beer garden back to Pere Marquette Park next year – between the Milwaukee River, Kilbourn Avenue, and 3rd and State Streets – and an upcoming meeting will unveil details of the plan.

The meeting is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at The View at Evolution, 1023 N. Old World 3rd St.

The informational meeting is hosted by Westown Association and Milwaukee County, and few details are available in advance.

Westown Executive Director Stacie Callies and 10th District County Supervisor Supreme Moore Omokunde are expected to attend to showcase the new plan. Milwaukee Ald. Robert Bauman has also been invited to attend.

A Downtown beer garden, especially one in Pere Marquette Park, is far from a radical idea – there was a keg tapping event there in 2011, a pop-up beer garden in 2012 and an Oktoberfest celebration, too, from 2011 until last year. Last month, the park was the site of the one-day Deschutes Brewery street pub.

Meanwhile, parks across the county have season-long beer gardens, and the traveling beer garden continues apace.

The current proposal, however, is likely for the first season-long beer garden at the park. It's no secret that Hans Weissgerber, who owns the Old German Beer Hall across the street – and runs the Estabrook Park Beer Garden – has been trying for a number of years to get a permanent beer garden at Pere Marquette Park.

The popular Estabrook garden was recently named one of the best in the country. Another one like it Downtown, especially with a scenic view of the skyline and the river – and best of all, no residential developments directly facing the park – would be a great amenity not only to Downtown visitors (including convention-goers and tourists) but also for the growing Downtown population, which surely doesn't want to drive to a beer garden in Shorewood, Bay View or beyond.

So why not a beer garden again at Pere Marquette Park, which also hosts the River Rhythms live music series on summer Wednesday evenings?

Downtown surely is worthy of a beer garden of its own.

If you'd like to attend the meeting to hear the beer garden news, RSVP by Aug. 25 to katelyn@westown.org.


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