By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Jun 28, 2019 at 12:41 PM

Summer has been slow to arrive, but we're seeing peeks of sunlight amid the clouds. And on those clement days, there's a new beer garden to check out in the Village of Wauwatosa.

The Lowlands Group today announced that the Tosa Village Beer Garden is now open for the season.

The beer garden, located on the Café Bavaria patio overlooking the Menomonee River, was designed to bring a "county park beer garden experience" to the urban environment of the Village.

 "We’re really excited to finally be open." says Dan Herwig, director of brand and marketing at Lowlands Group. "Over the past few weeks we’ve reconfigured our Café Hollander and Café Bavaria patios to take better advantage of views of the river and it really has become the perfect place to grab a bier and enjoy summer in the Village."


As for the beer garden's offerings, guests will find five brews on tap along with canned cider, wine, hard seltzer, radlers and two frozen cocktails (a passion fruit margarita and strawberry frosé) along with a variety of seltzers, sodas and non-alcoholic beer.

Edibles include easy to transport items like burgers, brats and hot dogs  along with items like a charcuterie board, fried cheese curds and giant Milwaukee Pretzel Company pretzels.

Brunch items, including breakfast sandwiches, a "Bloody Mary" burger and half-liter TVBG "Haus Bloody Maries (served with a soft pretzel and beef stick garnish)  will also be served in the beer garden on Saturdays and Sundays until 3 p.m.

The beer garden will offer counter service, where guests will pay at the counter, receive their drinks and have any made-to-order food items delivered to their tables.

"With shared, communal tables and a more laid-back vibe we think the beer garden will make the area even more of a gathering place than it already is," added Herwig. "Imagine hitting the farmer’s market in the morning, having a quick snack and a drink, and then shopping at some of the local boutiques. That’s what we’re hoping to create in the Village."

 The Tosa Village Beer Garden is open daily, weather permitting. Full food and drink menus, hours of operation and more can be found at

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.