As area cities plot to make streetside dining more available as a means for reopening struggling restaurants and bars, Milwaukee-area beer gardens have come back online. Here's the latest news:
The dog- and family-friendly Baaree beer garden in Thiensville is open, serving food and froth, as well as live music and trivia nights. Opens at 2 p.m. daily, except Mondays.
The beer offerings change often, but a recent menu listed New Glarus' Spotted Cow, 3 Sheeps' Cashmere Hammer nitro stout, Central Waters' HHG APA American pale ale and Good City's pils alongside a number of national craft brews from Surly, Alaskan Brewing, WarPigs, Bell's, Rogue and Big Sky, with a couple imports, too.
The Deer District beer garden at Fiserv Forum is open for the playoffs with social distanced seating, a giant screen to watch the game and food delivered to your table courtesy of Cream City Cluckery. Learn more about the experience here.
Estabrook Park Beer Garden has reopened with its regular hours, noon to 10 p.m., much to the relief of its many fans.
The Franklin Beer Garden at Croatian Park, 9100 S. 76th St., is now open. The beer garden, which sits on 30 acres, has live music, food, mixers and wine, as well as import and domestic beers. Happy hour, from 5 until 6 p.m., offers $2. It's open every Thursday, 5-10 p.m., through Sept. 17.
The Landing at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa is open for on-site quaffing.
Shorewood's Hubbard Park Beer Garden is offering what it calls "full service beer and food." It will also has table limits, timed cleaning and sanitation schedules and employees serving as "dedicated safety officers" to enforce social distancing.
Extended seasons have been announced for South Shore Terrace in Bay View, which will switch to fall hours on Sept. 28 and remain open until Nov. 1.
The Vine at Humboldt Park is closed for the season.
Kegel's Inn in West Allis is open Wednesdays through Saturdays. Details are here.
84South's owners and the nearby Brass Tap are collaborating on the new Lokal Beer Garden, at 84th and Layton in Greenfield, opened on July 9. Full details here.
The Public Table side of the West Allis Beer Garden is also open and hosting live music on the weekends. There's also craft beer and an upscale bar menu. More here.
Sprecher opened its Glendale Outdoor Oasis and more details on that can be found here.
The Tosa Village Beer Garden outside Buckatabon on State and Harwood has reopened and is operating weekdays from 2 until 10 p.m. and weekends, 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. More info here.
Milwaukee County's two Traveling Beer Gardens, operated in partnership with Sprecher Brewery, started their delayed seasons, having canceled only the initial stops on each of the tours. In late August, the County Parks announced that the beer gardens would be extended.
The Pass Me a Pint tour will visit Cooper Park on Sept. 19-20. The Roll Out the Barrel Tour, currently at Juneau Park, has been extended and will now end on Sept. 27.
The Traveling Beer Gardens are open 5-10 p.m on weekdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends, with last call at 9 p.m.
"Sprecher is once again excited to be part of the Traveling Beer Gardens with the Milwaukee County Parks," said Sprecher Chief Commercial Officer Jim Kanter.
"It is a great, longstanding tradition in the Milwaukee area which brings people together in our great parks system during the summer. We look forward to people getting out and enjoying the delayed start to the summer season in Milwaukee."
Sprecher is launching a new limited release brew, too, as the first in a new Inspired by Parks series, available in cans at local retailers. The Grant Park honey lager was inspired by the 1892 South Milwaukee farmhouse that is now home to the Grant Park Golf Clubhouse. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Milwaukee County Parks.
Whitnall Park Beer Garden in Greendale is open 4-10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on weekends, with last call at 9 p.m. Two more beer trailers have been brought in to help ease lines of patrons waiting for beer. There are 24 beer lines, with beers from local brewers including MKE Brewing Company, the nearby Explorium Brewpub, Eagle Park Brewing, Good City Brewing, Sprecher Brewing Company and MillerCoors.
The season has been extended at Whitnall Park, which will remain open until Sept. 27.
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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 an episode of TV's "Party of Five," 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 can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.