If you were wondering why Juneau Park was taken off the list of Traveling Beer Gardens for 2023, wonder no more.
The stop was so popular that Milwaukee County Parks is adding a season-long beer garden there at 900 N. Prospect Ave. The location opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 24.
There will be a ceremonial keg tapping at 5 p.m. with Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, Milwaukee County Parks Executive Director Guy Smith and District 3 Supervisor Sheldon A. Wasserman, and free beer and root beer from 5 to 5:30.
There will also be live music on opening night as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 5-8 p.m., sponsored by Third Space Brewing.
Located in the heart of Downtown, the park is also on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan.
"Summer in Milwaukee would not be the same without the Juneau Park Beer Garden," says Wasserman. "Although it’s called a beer garden, sodas, snacks and other refreshments will also be on sale for Milwaukeeans of all ages to enjoy. Come enjoy the wonderful weather while supporting our parks."
The new beer garden will be open Tuesday-Friday, 4-9 p.m., as well as Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., through Aug. 20.
There will be 12 draft beer lines, brats, sausages and hotdogs and Milwaukee Pretzel Company soft pretzels, plus food trucks will rotate on Friday nights and all day Saturday. No tap list has yet been announced.
"Parks could not be happier to add another beer garden to our wonderful summer in Milwaukee," says Smith. "Due to the popularity of Juneau as a Traveling Beer Garden stop and the engaging community around it, we are excited to offer another location for folks to enjoy this summer."
The Juneau Park Beer Garden website is live at juneaubeergarden.com.
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 OnMilwaukee.com 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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.