As the outdoor season here begins to wane, some Milwaukee-area beer gardens are still 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 is open daily, from noon to 9 p.m., and plans to stay that way, "Til hell freezes over... or the pipes. Whichever comes first." To that end, tent heaters have been added.
The Franklin Beer Garden at Croatian Park, 9100 S. 76th St., has closed for the season.
The Landing at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa is open for on-site quaffing, through Sunday, Nov. 1.
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.
The garden plans to announce a Winter Camp Beer Garden soon, with an opening pig roast, Oktoberfest Sunday brunches, a socially distanced family 5K fun run and other events, a closing chicken barbecue and more. Watch the website (or this space) for details.
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.
South Milwaukee has a weekend beer garden next to the farmer's market plaza at 1014 Madison Ave. Open Thursdays-Fridays, 5-9 p.m.; Saturdays, noon-9; and Sundays, noon-7. Food, games, live entertainment and craft and German brews.
The garden – a partnership between James Moran of Moran's Pub and Brittany Rosales of the Rose Mob Grill food truck – takes place every weekend through the end of October.
Sprecher opened its Glendale Outdoor Oasis and more details on that can be found here.
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. The season has been extended at Whitnall Park, which remains open through Saturday, Oct. 17.
Please be safe so that we help keep each other healthy and so that we don't have to shut it all down again.
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.