By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Mar 18, 2022 at 9:00 AM

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Beer garden season is fast approaching!

Sprecher Brewery and Milwaukee County Parks have announced the dates and locations for the 2022 Traveling Beer Gardens.

The usual pair of tours – with the special Sprecher vintage fire engines – will visit 10 area parks from May 11 through Labor Day weekend.

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(PHOTO: Sprecher Brewery/County Parks)
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The traveling beer gardens partnership has raised almost a quarter-million dollars for park improvements since 2015.

The tour dates and sites were announced this morning at Sprecher Brewery by Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley, Milwaukee County Parks Executive Director Guy Smith and Sprecher Brewery CEO Sharad Chadha.

Roll Out The Barrel Tour:

  • Juneau Park,  May 11-30
  • Cooper Park, June 1-19
  • Grant Park Shelter #5, June 22-July 10
  • Lake Park, July 13-31
  • Greenfield Park 3A, Aug. 3-21

Pass Me A Pint Tour:

  • Froemming Park, May 25-June 12
  • Juneau Park, June 15-July 4
  • McCarty Park, July 6-24
  • Doctors Park, July 27-Aug. 14
  • Juneau Park, Aug. 17-Sept. 5

There will a firkin tapping with free beer at the first kickoff at each location, May 11, June 1, June 22, July 13, Aug 3, May 25, June 15, July 6, July 27 and Aug 17.

The traveling beer gardens have generated $224,000 for improvements to the cash-strapped parks system.

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Here is a list of projects your Sprecher Amber has funded:

Bender: Park Bench with concrete pad
Brown Deer: Repaint Clubhouse trim
Cooper Park: Painting of interior of pavilion & restrooms; Utility pushcart for rentals
Currie: Golf Course culvert rebuild
Doctors: Railing replacement; Park bench with concrete pad; Parking lot striping; Painting of entrance pergola
Dretzka Chalet: Repaint men's and women's restrooms; Install energy-efficient lighting in restrooms
Falk Park: Asphalt repair (crack seal, seal coat, pavement markings)
Froemming: Sand volleyball court improvements; Painting of Picnic Area; Eight benches with backs 8 feet long
Grant Park: Picnic shelter ADA restroom remodel; Shelter painting
Greenfield & McCarty: Paint for parking lot re-striping
Greenfield Park: Building & course improvements
Greenfield Park 3A: Paint pavilion and restrooms; Install energy-efficient lighting in restrooms & shelter; Shelter concrete repair; Shelter Facia Repair
Greenfield Shelter 3A: Bike Path Re-Paving; Re-Paving Around The Shelter
Holler: Repaint men's and women's restrooms; Fish clinic/fish stocking
Juneau: Bike Rack Installation; Juneau Statue Restoration
Kletzsch: Pavilion Restoration; Park Bench with concrete pad; Renovation of ball diamond
Scout Lake: Pavilion Remodel
Sheridan: 5 trees balled and burlap at one of these sites
Traveling Beer Garden Sites: Sprecher Flight Boards
Various Parks: Trails Improvements
Washington: Concert Series
Whitnall: Asphalt repair (crack seal,seal coat, pavement markings); Pavers & Landscaping; Repaint shelter men's and women's restrooms

County Parks Beer Garden opening dates

  • South Shore Terrace soft opening: Thursday, March 17 at 4 p.m.
  • Estabrook Beer Garden tentative opening: Friday, April 22
  • Whitnall Beer Garden tentative opening: Friday, April 22
  • The Vine Humboldt tentative opening: Thursday, May 26
Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

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.