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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

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It's beer garden time again, Milwaukee.
It's beer garden time again, Milwaukee. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
A view from beyond.
A view from beyond. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Brewmaster Scott Hettig. He already had the lederhosen.
Brewmaster Scott Hettig. He already had the lederhosen. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Classic beer garden entertainment.
Classic beer garden entertainment. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Light or dark?
Light or dark? (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Bigger than her head.
Bigger than her head. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Bigger than his head?
Bigger than his head? (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Happy customers.
Happy customers. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
The free-beer line.
The free-beer line. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Beer garden summer fun.
Beer garden summer fun. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
The beer garden is dog-friendly.
The beer garden is dog-friendly. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Fun for all ages.
Fun for all ages. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Tappin' the goods.
Tappin' the goods. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)
Say no more. Just enjoy.
Say no more. Just enjoy. (Photo: Royal Brevväxling)

First look: Humboldt Park beer garden

The beer garden at Humboldt Park opened tonight – just south of the bandshell – in a fashion similar to how the other local gardens have opened: with free beer.

At 6 p.m., Scott Hettig – the brewmaster at Saint Francis Brewing Company – tapped the ceremonial keg which resulted in steins of complimentary beer for a hundred-plus Milwaukeeans.

The craft beer menu includes Lust weissbier, Envy I.P.A., Wrath amber ale and a Gluttony seasonal which will change, aptly, with the season. A half-liter is $5; a liter is $10. Wine and maple root beer are also available.

Unlike other community beer gardens, visitors cannot bring in steins or glassware and there is a $6 per stein refundable deposit required. Hettig says he hopes this will change in the future.

Food is also available including a Bavarian cheese soup, Bavarian pretzel, hot dog, veggie dog and bratwurst. Guests can bring in their own food.

The beer garden will be open during Chill On The Hill, but guests cannot bring beer garden beer to the band shell area.

The Humboldt Park beer garden, which is a partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks and Saint Francis Brewing Company, will be open weekdays from 4 to 9 p.m. and on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

"We’re really excited to have this happen," says Hettig.

Hettig started out as a home brewer 17 years prior to becoming a professional brewmaster. He apprenticed at Rock Bottom Brewery in Milwaukee.

"At that point I realized there was not one aspect of this job I did not enjoy," he says.

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