By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor Published Jun 27, 2019 at 3:41 PM

In mid-June we announced that a brand new Beer Patio was coming to the southern side of the Milwaukee Public Market, thanks to a collaboration between the Public Market and Shorewood’s Draft & Vessel.

For the past two weeks, Draft & Vessel owner Nathaniel Davauer and local artists Nicholas Hardrath and Brandon Minga have been hard at work preparing the new temporary patio space. And the market announced today that the new outdoor space will officially open to the public on Friday, June 28 at noon.

The patio will feature a 1941 beer-slinging Ford pick-up truck geared up with eight draft lines which will showcase a selection of brews from Milwaukee area self-distributed craft breweries.

On draft

The inaugural tap list will include selections from Gathering Place, Vennture Brew Co., Enlightened Brewing Co. and Explorium Brewpub along with a craft cocktail from Twisted Path Distillery, Rishi Tea, Nessalla Kombuch and Potosi Root Beer. The truck will also rotate in cold brew coffee from Anodyne Coffee Roasters.

The custom designed gathering area was designed to complement the look and feel of the market, and it will be open for seating to customers of the public market throughout the week during regular market operating hours.

Beginning June 28, the Draft Patio’s hours of operation will be Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours are contingent upon weather conditions.

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer & Dining Editor

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.