By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 13, 2022 at 10:26 AM

The Estabrook Beer Garden, 4600 Estabrook Pkwy., kicks off its 10th anniversary season on Friday, April 22 at 6 p.m.

That's when a keg tapping will launch the weekend-long Maifest Celebration which officially opens the biergarten for the season.

There will be free beer served from the tapping until 7 p.m.

Because Saturday, April 23 is German Beer Day – celebrating the “Reinheitsgebot” or beer purity law passed in Bavaria on April 23, 1516 – the garden will host another keg tapping at noon that day.

The beer in that keg will be free until it runs out.

The weekend festival will also include food and live music from Alpine Blast (Friday), The Squeezettes and Kenny Brandt (Saturday), and Meisner Magic (Sunday).

Stay tuned for forthcoming details on the Estabrook Beer Garden's 10th anniversary party in June.

Did you know that 20 percent of the gross revenue from the beer garden goes directly to Milwaukee County?

But because the money goes into the general fund and cannot be earmarked specifically for parks projects, Estabrook Beer Garden also works with the Friends of Estabrook Park to pay for upgrades to trails, park amenities and staircases, and to plant flowers and trees.

So, more than just tasting good, that German beer you enjoy in the park helps the park.

For more beer garden news, check out our beer garden guide

Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.