Ahhh…spring is here! FINALLY!! Even if the last remnants of snow on the ground might suggest otherwise, the calendar doesn’t lie and those 50- and 60-degree temperatures mean only one thing — BEER GARDEN SEASON! And one of our 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 (or wine) 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 2018 beer gardens of Milwaukee. Ein prosit!
Featured Beer Garden: Klement’s Traveling Beer Garden
When 5 o’clock rolls around, the thought of planning a meal and entertaining your household creeps up on you, but instead of falling into the same routine, try a night out at the Traveling Beer Garden throughout Milwaukee County Parks! This traditional beer garden houses Klement’s freshly grilled bratwursts, live music, and refreshing beers that are ever-changing. Sit back, grab a brat, let the kids play and enjoy some well-deserved time surrounded by friends and neighbors.
Milwaukee Area Beer Gardens
2900 S. Shore Drive, Milwaukee 53207
Featuring gas fire pits, a cedar 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. The grand opening for the season is scheduled for April 18th at 4pm.
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. The grand opening for the season is May 3rd, complete with a full weekend of fun for Maifest.
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. The grand opening with a ceremonial tapping is scheduled for May 3rd.
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 Landing officially opens for the season on May 16th.
5879 S 92nd St, Franklin, 53132
The Whitnall Park 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. Opening for the season on May 4th.
9100 S. 76th St, Franklin
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, starting May 24.
700 W. Lexington Blvd, Glendale
One of the largest beer gardens in the state, offering multiple food items, 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.
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!
N56 W14750 Silver Spring Dr, Menomonee Falls
Each Thursday from May through September, The Schwabenhof Pavilion is open at 4pm, serving an array of German Beers on tap. You can also enjoy an authentic Hungarian bratwurst, Bavarian pretzel or delicious leberkäse sandwich. All accompanied by live music!
N116 W15863 Main St, Germantown
For the folks further Northwest, Germantown’s beer garden 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
Returning for a second year with a longer season, featuring draft and packaged beer, wine, soda, pretzels and brats. Games like cornhole and giant jenga are also available. Open beginning May 28 through Sept 30, 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 16–28: Juneau Park, Milwaukee
May 30–June 10: Kletzsch Park, Glendale
June 13–24: Froemming Park, Franklin
June 27–July 8: McCarty Park, West Allis
July 11–22: Jackson Park, Milwaukee
July 25–Aug. 5: Lake Park, Milwaukee
Aug. 7-19: Hales Corners Park, Hales Corners
Aug. 22–Sept. 3: Currie Park, Wauwatosa
Sept. 7-9: Trimborn Farms, Greendale
Roll Out the Barrel Tour:
May 16 – June 3: Greenfield Park, West Allis
June 6 –24: Bender Park, Oak Creek
June 27 – July 15: Grant Park, Milwaukee
July 18 – Aug. 5: Doctors Park, Fox point
Aug. 8 – Sept. 3: Juneau Park, Milwaukee
The Traveling Beer Garden’s hours are from 5pm 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.
Raised Grain Brewery Pop-Up Beer Garden
For our Waukesha-area mamas, Raised Grain Brewery is setting up pop-up beer gardens at parks all over the area all summer long. Check out the full schedule below and be sure to head to their website for more details.
Pop-Up Beer Garden 2018 Schedule:
- May 24 to 26 – Eble Park – Front Lot (Map)
- May 31 to Jun 2 – Fox River – Picnic Area 2 (Map)
- Jun 7 to 9 – Nashotah – Picnic Area 1(Map)
- Jun 14 to 16 – Minooka – Beach Area (Map)
- Jun 21 to 23 – Naga-Waukee – Picnic Areas 1 & 2 (Map)
- Jun 28 to 30 – Menomonee – Beach Area (Map)
- Jul 5 to 7 – Fox River – Picnic Area 2 (Map)
- Jul 12 to 14 – Muskego – Beach Area (Map)
- July 20 to 22 – Minooka – Beach Area (Map)
- Jul 26 to 28 – Fox Brook – Beach Area (Map)
- Aug 2 to 4 – Naga-Waukee – Picnic Areas 1 & 2 (Map)
- Aug 9 to 11 – Minooka – Beach Area (Map)
- Aug 16 to 18 – Mukwonago – Picnic Area 2 & 3 (Map)
- Aug 23 to 25 – Fox Brook – Beach Area (Map)
- Aug 30 to Sep 1 – Muskego – Beach Area (Map)
- Sep 6 to 8 – Menomonee – Beach Area (Map)