Ahhh…spring is here. Even if it doesn’t often feel like it, the calendar doesn’t lie. And one of my favorite seasonal 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 2017 beer gardens of Milwaukee. Ein prosit!
Milwaukee Beer Gardens
1505 W St. Paul Ave, Milwaukee WI
We LOVE it here! Third Space Brewing was founded with a passion for great beer coupled with a desire to create a space people would love to spend time in and they accomplished it! Not only is the taproom welcoming with a cool industrial vibe, the beer garden space has tons of seating and is a frequent stop for food trucks. Plus, they enjoy watching big games projected against the wall! Brewers, Badgers, Packers, all at Third Space Brewing!
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 10 p.m daily, with last call at 9.
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.
**New for 2017 – WHITNALL PARK!
5879 S 92nd St, Franklin, 53132
Apparently, Whitnall Park was such a popular stop on the Traveling Beer Garden tour that it got its own permanent gig! This new beer garden will feature 24 craft beer tap handles, food, non-alcoholic beverages, and live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. The beer garden will feature 12 Sprecher beers and hard sodas on the Sprecher firetruck. Patrons who bring their own glassware (pints or steins) will pay refill rates and souvenir beer garden steins will also be available to purchase. In addition to the beer, the food menu will include hotdogs, burgers, pizza, ice cream, Milwaukee Pretzel Company soft pretzels and snacks. A monthly Sunday pig roast with live music is also scheduled.
Whitnall Park Beer Garden will open from 4:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays and 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. on weekends. Last call will be at 9:00 p.m.
9100 S. 76th St, Franklin
Open for the second year, this beer garden not only offers Wisconsin brews, but also Croatian beers and cordials, a selection of mixed drinks, wine, and soda. Grilled Croatian foods are available as well. Open from 5pm to 10pm on Thursdays, May 25-Sept 14.
700 W. Lexington Blvd, Glendale
One of the largest beer gardens in the state kicks off its seasonal opening on May 12th with an traditional Old World celebration of spring that includes carnival rides, live music, and a pig roast. Multiple food items are available, as well as snack items. In addition, carnival rides will continue to operate on weekends, through Oktoberfest. Open from 5pm-9pm on weekdays, and noon to 9pm on weekends.
N116 W15863 Main St, Germantown
For the folks further Northwest, Germantown’s beer garden opens May 12th and features 22 beers on tap and a full restaurant food menu! Open 3pm to midnight, Monday-Thursday, and 11am to midnight Friday-Sunday.
HARTLAND BEER GARDEN
Nixon Park, 175 E. Park Ave, Hartland
New this year for the Western suburbs– a beer garden in Nixon Park, featuring draft and packaged beer, wine, soda, pretzels and brats. Games like cornhole and giant jenga are also available. Open beginning June 8 through August 8, from 4pm to 9pm Thursday and Friday, and noon to 9pm on weekends.
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 17–29: Juneau Park, Milwaukee
May 31–June 11: Kletzsch Park, Glendale
June 14–25: Froemming Park, Franklin
June 28–July 9: McCarty Park, West Allis
July 12–23: Zablocki Park, Greenfield
July 26–Aug. 6: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Aug. 4-6: Brown Deer Golf Course (pop-up at PHC Classic tournament)
Aug. 9–20: Greene Park, St.Francis
Aug. 23–Sept. 4: Bender Park, Oak Creek
Roll Out the Barrel Tour:
The Traveling Beer Garden’s hours are from 4pm to 10 pm, Mondays through Fridays, as well as 11 am to 10 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, with last call at 9 pm. Live music performs Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 to 8 pm.
Also returning this summer is the Beer Garden 5k Series! Participants receive 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
On your mark, get set, GO!