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2017 Milwaukee beer garden guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on March 20, 2017 at 12:01 p.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.

Editors' note: Happy first day of spring, Milwaukee! Our glorious beer gardens will soon be open. This guide originally ran May 13, 2016 and only applicable links have been updated. We will update with opening dates once available.

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If you've been yearning for a rush of warm breeze and a healthy dose of gemutlichkeit, you don't have long to wait. In fact, now that spring is just about to kick off, you'll be able to raise the first of many steins at an area beer garden soon.

Cheers, Milwaukee!

Beer Garden at South Shore Terrace

This expanded beachside concessions area in South Shore Park features the Miller 1855 Bar, with its nearly 30-foot concrete and cedar counter complete with 20 tap handles. The new gathering space, open spring through fall, also includes a cedar pergola, two stamped-concrete stages, and gas fire pits which look snazzy and serve to keep everyone cozy during cooler weather. Available concessions include snacks, Pepsi products, and MillerCoors products including American lagers, craft beers, and ciders. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., with last call at 9 p.m. once open for season.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Estabrook Park Beer Garden

Estabrook Park carries the honor of being the first public beer garden in the U.S. since Prohibition. The beer garden, which offers up plenty of shaded seating and a river view, features imported beer from the Munich Hofbrauhaus, along with brats, hot dogs and freshly baked soft pretzels. The beer garden is open daily from to noon to 10 p.m. with last call at 9 p.m. once open.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Humboldt Park Beer Garden

Thanks to a partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks and St. Francis Brewery, the Humboldt Park Beer garden features a selection of local food along with rotating taps of Wisconsin craft beer. Beer garden is cash only; ATM is available onsite. Hours are noon to 9 p.m daily once open.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

Hubbard Park Beer Garden

This Old World Beer Garden in Shorewood is located along the Oak Leaf Trail just south of Capitol Drive. The garden features locally brewed beers, non-alcoholic drinks and a menu featuring sausages, hot dogs, German style pretzels and Wisconsin cheese. Once open for the season the hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 p.m.

(PHOTO: Royal Brevväxling)

The Landing at Hoyt Park

The Landing – a snazzy beer garden in Wauwatosa featuring both indoor and outdoor seating – features a changing menu of local craft and imported beer, along with red, white and sparkling wines and a menu which includes Cranky Al's pizza, giant pretzels, obatzda, beer brats, hot dogs, popcorn and fountain drinks, along with specials offered periodically by SA Braai. A schedule of live music will also be posted on the web site. Hours are Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 9 p.m. once open.

(PHOTO: Landing at Hoyt Park-Facebook)

Traveling Beer Gardens

If you like a bit of variety with your beer garden, you'll love Milwaukee's Traveling Beer Gardens, nomadic beer gardens which take up residence at various Milwaukee County Parks throughout the summer. Each beer garden features Sprecher Brewing Company products including beer, gourmet sodas, Hard Root Beer, Hard Ginger Beer, and other refreshments. There will also be live music featured at all stops Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. Hours are Monday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with last call at 9 p.m.

Pass Me a Pint Tour

  • May 17-29: Juneau Park in Milwaukee
  • May 31-June 11: Kletzsch Park in Glendale
  • June 14-25: Froemming Park in Franklin
  • June 28-July 9: McCarty Park in West Allis
  • July 12-23: Zablocki Park in Greenfield
  • July 26-Aug. 6: Lake Park in Milwaukee
  • Aug. 4-6: Brown Deer Golf Course (pop-up at the PHC Classic tournament)
  • Aug. 9-20: Greene Park in St. Francis
  • Aug. 23-Sept. 4: Bender Park in Oak Creek

Roll Out the Barrel Tour

  • May 17-June 11: Greenfield Park in West Allis
  • June 14-July 9: Grant Park in South Milwaukee
  • July 12-Aug. 6: Scout Lake Park in Greendale
  • Aug. 9-Sept. 4: Doctors Park in Fox Point

Also returning this summer is the Beer Garden 5k Series – with participants receiving a pint glass of Sprecher beer and a different shirt for each race. This year's dates and locations include:

  • May 18: Juneau Park
  • June 15: Froemming Park
  • July 6: Grant Park
  • Aug. 3: Lake Park

The Traveling Beer Garden will be open 4-10 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, as well as 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Last call is at 9 p.m., and live music performs Wednesdays through Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m.

(PHOTO: Sprecher - Twitter)


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