We owe many thanks (and prost 🍻) to Milwaukee’s German immigrants, who, in the mid-19th Century, brought biergartens and Gemütlichkeit (friendliness) to the parks. Since then, beer gardens have become a summer staple for Milwaukee’s beer enthusiasts.
Beer garden season is among us, and we want to make sure you know where and when you can enjoy the frothy beverage (and accompanying Bavarian pretzels) at communal tables.
Milwaukee County Park's Beer Gardens
1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa, WI
Enjoy live music at communal tables while sipping drafts, like Surly Hell Lager, or Spaten Optimator and snacking on a Cranky Al's Pizza or a Bavarian Style Pretzel.
4600 Eastabrook Dr, Milwaukee, WI
Did you know the Estabrook Beer Garden is the first public beer garden in the U.S. since prohibition? This authentic gem is modeled after beer gardens in Munich, Germany, and serves beer imported from the Munich Hofbräuhaus.
2900 S Shore Dr, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The South Shore Terrace Beer Garden boasts gorgeous views of Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee skyline. The food menu features favorites like Carrot Fries, Miller High Life Beer Battered Cheese Curds, and a Usiger's Bratwurst.
3000 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI
The Milwaukee County Parks and St. Francis Brewery team up every summer to bring you an oasis of craft beer. Looking for some eats while enjoying your frothy beverage? Expect to see various wursts on the menu, including a Vegetarian Frankfurter on a pretzel roll.
N Root River Pkwy, Greendale, WI
Whitnall Park is now home to a permanent beer garden, located on the Root River Parkway. Concessions include domestic and craft beer, cider, Pepsi products, wine, and a variety of snacks.
The Traveling Beer Garden 2017
In the span of 16 weeks, The Traveling Beer Garden will visit 13 parks and serve over 100,000 pints of beer. Expect to see Sprecher Brewing on tap, hard sodas, hard ciders, wine, and food items.
Roll Out the Barrel Tour:
May 17th - June 11th: Greenfield Park, West Allis
June 14th - July 9th: Grant Park, South Milwaukee
July 12th - August 6th: Scout Lake Park, Greendale
August 9th - September 4th: Doctors Park, Fox Point
Pass Me a Pint Tour:
May 31st - June 11th: Kletzsch Park, Glendale
June 14th - 25th: Froemming Park, Franklin
June 28th - July 9th: McCarty Park, West Allis
July 12th - 23rd: Zablocki Park, Greenfield
July 26th - August 6th: Lake Park, Milwaukee
August 4th - 6th: Brown Deer Golf Course (pop-up at PHC Classic tournament)
August 9th - 20th: Greene Park, St. Francis
August 23rd - September 4th: Bender Park, Oak Creek
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