By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Jul 07, 2014 at 10:15 PM Photography: Royal Brevvaxling

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.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.