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What to Drink
What to Eat
Why Go?
Cheers To:
Steer Clear:
Estabrook Beer Garden
4600 N. Estabrook Dr.
German beers from Hofbräu München in really big glass steins
Massive fresh-baked pretzels dipped in obatzter cheese spread
Uber gemuetlichkeit provided by dozens of communal picnic tables filled with hundreds of friendly revelers
Being the first to start the beer garden trend in 2012;
playground within sight; proximity to Oak Leaf Trail for bike riders
If you're looking for quiet conversation
Bavarian Bierhaus
700 W. Lexington Blvd., Glendale
German, and not so German, beers brewed right there. Try Mike's RyePL Pale Lager if you don't feel like a dunkel.
Usinger's bratwurst with sauerkraut and German mustard on a pretzel bun
Support one of the many recent additions to the Milwaukee brewing scene.
Being a corner kick away from the main pitch used by the Bavarian Soccer Club; occasional pig roasts
Of the full-service dining patio if you want picnic table drinking. The beer garden is separate in Old Heidelberg Park.
Humboldt Park Craft Beer Garden
3000 S. Howell Ave.
Craft beer choices from all sorts of Wisconsin brewers
Pork sandwiches from weekly Saturday pig roasts
A smattering of picnic tables affords more privacy for drinkers. And the Chill on the Hill stage is right next door.
Shiny,
new upgraded restrooms; plenty of space for dogs
If you're looking for myriad traditional German brews or the communal beer garden experience.
Or if you don't like dogs.
The Landing at Hoyt Park
1800 N. Swan Blvd., Wauwatosa
Hacker Pschorr Hefe Weiss,
pinot noir
Cranky Al's pizza
Because you need to kill time while the kids are at the pool
Fabric canopies, clean and shiny picnic tables and intelligent landscaping create an inviting aesthetic.
If you don't think beer and kids are a good combo.
There are plenty of non-adults around.
Miller Park Parking Lot

1 Brewers Way
Cold beer out of a cooler,
boozy lemonade
Anything you can cook on a grill, salads that contain mayonnaise,
chips
Eternal optimism regarding the Brew Crew's chances
Being the biggest "beer garden" in Milwaukee,
and the only place with life-size racing sausages
Of Cubs fans who will be even more insufferable after their 2016 World Series win.
Traveling Beer Garden
Several Locations
Sprecher Amber or flights of five Sprecher brews
A picnic packed at home
It's a great chance to tour several Milwaukee County Parks.
Sprecher root beer floats not for the kids
If you don't like new places and new people.
Miller 1855 Bar at South Shore Terrace
2900 S. Shore Dr.
High Life,
Blue Moon and preferably not Coors Light.
Feeling adventurous? Try the carrot fries with blueberry ketchup.
Location,
location, location.
South Shore Park is a gem.
Stumbling distance from the beach and Lake Michigan
If you're not a fan of anything having to do with MillerCoors.
Hubbard Park Beer Garden
3565 N. Morris Blvd., Shorewood
Whatever is on tap from New Glarus
Usinger's beer-soaked bratwurst
The woodsy setting feels far removed from urban hustle and bustle.
Ample bike racks for parking off of the Oak Leaf Trail; nature
If you're afraid of the forest.

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‘Find a Beer Garden That Suits Your Style’ appears in the June 2017 (City Guide) issue of Milwaukee Magazine.

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