Ahhh…summer is almost here. Even if it doesn’t often feel like it, the calendar doesn’t lie. And one of my favorite summertime traditions is hitting the many beer gardens of Milwaukee. Whether it be at the local one with friends on a Friday, while our kids run around the park or enjoy the late pool hours, or it be with my family, packing a picnic and enjoying some time together with nature as our backdrop, you can’t go wrong with a freshly poured stein of suds and the sun beating down on your (sunscreened) back. So kick back, grab your pint, and enjoy a healthy dose of gemutlichkeit. Here’s our guide to the 2016 beer gardens of Milwaukee. Ein prosit!
Milwaukee Beer Gardens
2900 S. Shore Drive, Milwaukee 53207
This new gathering space that opened just last year features gas fire pits, a pergola, two stamped concrete stages, and a huge 30 foot concrete and cedar bar with 20 tap handles. They feature Pepsi and MillerCoors products, some craft beers, ciders, and wines. Limited concessions are also sold. There’s live music every Wednesday from 5-8. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with last call at 9 p.m.
4600 Estabrook Drive, Milwaukee, 53217
Only in Milwaukee would one of our beloved parks carry the honor of having the first public beer garden in the U.S. since Prohibition. This beer garden is situated on a bluff just above a waterfall that flows into the Menomonee River, allowing guests to arrive via foot, auto, bicycle, or even canoe or kayak. They feature beers imported from the Munich Hofbrauhaus, along with brats, hot dogs and freshly baked soft pretzels. The beer garden is open daily from to noon to 10 p.m. with last call at 9 p.m.
3000 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee, 53207
Milwaukee’s true craft 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. Enjoy live polka music and an authentic pig roast every Saturday and Quizmaster Trivia on Wednesday nights. Beer garden is cash only; ATM is available onsite. Hours are noon to 9 p.m daily through Sunday, Oct. 2
3565 N. Morris Boulevard, Shorewood, 53211
Located in Shorewood along the Oak Leaf Trail, Hubbard Park is a traditional Old World Beer Garden and features local beers, a bloody mary, wine, non-alcoholic drinks, and summer food faire like brats, hot dogs, sausages, and giant pretzels. Hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.
1800 N. Swan Boulevard, Wauwatosa, 53226
Adjacent to Hoyt Pool, The Landing, which offers both indoor and outdoor seating, features a rotating menu of craft and import beers, wines, non-alcoholic drinks, and a menu which includes Cranky Al’s pizza, giant pretzels, brats, hot dogs, and popcorn. A schedule of live music is posted on their website. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
The Milwaukee County Parks Traveling Beer Garden™ tour has two, simultaneously running, tours traveling throughout the Milwaukee County Park System thanks to the partnership with Sprecher Brewing Co., Inc. Each of the stops on the 16-week tour features craft beer and gourmet sodas. There will also be live music featured at all stops Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Hours are Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with last call at 9 p.m.
Pass Me a Pint Tour:
May 18-30: Juneau Park, Prospect and Kilbourn Avenues
June 1-12: Kletzsch Park, 6798 N. Milwaukee River Parkway
June 15-26: Froemming Park, 8801 S. 51st Street
June 29-July 10: Holler Park, 5151 S. 6th Street
July 13-24: Red Arrow Park, 920 N. Water Street
July 27-Aug. 7: Hales Corners Park, 5765 S. New Berlin Road
Aug. 10-21: Brown Deer Park (near Clubhouse), 7625 N. Range Line Road
Aug. 24-Sept. 5: Doctors Park, 1870 E. Fox Lane, near Picnic Area #3
Roll Out the Barrel Tour:
May 18 – June 12: Root River Pkwy near Whitnall Park 92nd Street & College Avenue near Picnic Area #1
June 15-July 10: Grant Park, 100 E. Hawthorne Avenue, near Picnic Area #5
July 13-Aug. 7: Greenfield Park, 2028 S. 124th Street, near Picnic Area #3A
Aug. 10-Sept. 16: Root River Parkway, near Whitnall Park, 92nd Street and College Avenue, near by Picnic Area #1