We found out when your favorite beer gardens are opening for the 2017 season.
Summer is quickly approaching and you know what that means: beer garden season! So prepare to raise a glass of your favorite “bier” and celebrate the Milwaukee way. Here is your 2017 beer garden calendar.
Estabrook Park holds the title for being the first post-prohibition era beer garden in U.S. Modeled after the beer gardens of Munich, Germany, this beer garden has been around for almost a century. The beer garden will host its grand opening for the season on May 4, kicking off its annual Maifest celebration, which runs through May 7. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with lots of free beer for the first hour of the celebration. Besides a wide selection of imported beer from Munich Hofbräuhaus, the beer garden also offers hot dogs, brats, and fresh baked soft pretzels. Estabrook Park is open daily from noon to 10 p.m. and will run through October.
4600 Estabrook Dr.
The Hubbard park beer garden will be hosting its Summer Grand Opening Beer Fest on April 29 from 2 to 8 p.m. This Old World style beer garden features local beers from 10 different breweries, as well as an option to pair with 10 appetizers. There will be a live performance by Don Turner from 3 to 6 p.m. Hubbard park also offers a selection of non-alcoholic beverages, as well as some light German-style fare including hot dogs, sausages, pretzels, and Wisconsin cheese. After the grand opening, beer garden hours will be Monday through Friday from 3 to 10 p.m. and noon to 10 p.m. on weekends.
3565 North Morris Blvd.
The Landing Beer Garden at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa, will be hosting its own opening festivities on May 17. This relaxing beer garden features both indoor and outdoor seating, as well as a broad menu of options including both locally brewed and imported beer options, wines, pizza, as well as other lighter fare. All areas of The Landing at Hoyt Park are public areas and tables tend to be shared. After opening day, summer hours will be Wednesday through Friday from 3 to 9 p.m. and weekends from noon to 9 p.m.
1800 N Swan Blvd.
This beachside beer garden, located within the Miller 1855 bar, includes a wide selection tap beer options as well as authentic German food. For the 2017 season (which started on April 13), Milwaukee County Parks have made significant improvements to the location, by adding an installation of a commercial kitchen, and the addition of keg tables and benches to increase seating options. Summer hours are Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and weekends from 11 to 10 p.m.
2912-2934 S Shore Dr.
The Humboldt Park Beer garden, opening on May 11 (with a soft opening on May 9), is a haven of craft beer, comfort food and Gemütlichkeit. This beer garden was created as a partnership between the St. Francis Brewery and Milwaukee County Parks and features a rotating selection of taps and Wisconsin craft beer, as well as weekly authentic pig roast. This beer garden is cash only but contains an ATM onsite. Humboldt Park closes at 10 p.m. with last call for food and drinks at 9 p.m.
3000 S Howell Ave.
For a different take on the beer garden tradition than be sure to stop by and check out the Croatian Park beer garden. Beginning May 25, the Croatian park beer garden will be open every Thursday and go through the end of August. These events feature live music, Miller Coors beer products, Croatian import selections, wine, and the specialty Croatian food, Cevapcici. Thursday hours are from 5 to 10 p.m. weekly.
9100 S. 76th St.
For a more spontaneous selection of beer gardens there is the collaboration between Milwaukee County Parks and Sprecher Brewing Company. This collaboration features beer gardens all across the state. Live music is featured at all locations Wednesday through Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Besides Sprecher Brewing company products, these beer gardens also feature beer, gourmet sodas and other hard sodas. The traveling beer gardens will start up on May 17 and go through September 4, with regular hours Monday through Friday 4 to 10 p.m. and weekends 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Roll Out The Barrel Tour
May 17 – June 11
Pass Me a Pint Tour
May 17 – 29
Beer Garden 5K
The Beer Garden 5K Series will also be returning for 2017 featuring four different races. Tickets will include a pint glass of Sprecher beer and a shirt. Dates and locations are:
May 18 – Juneau Park
June 15 – Froemming Park
July 6 – Grant Park
Aug 3 – Lake Park