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It’s better to drink outside than in

A true sign that the winter season is behind us is the opening of the beer gardens in county parks and areas around Milwaukee. What better way to usher in the new warm weather than with an ice cold beer in a public park?

Estabrook Beer Garden

Grab one of your favorite steins and head down to the first beer garden in America after prohibition. Here, you can drink by the Milwaukee River in an area that was inspired by the gardens of Munich, Germany. Estabrook Beer Garden will kick off the season May 3-6 with their Maifest event, where everyone can come out and take part in the beer drinking. The keg tapping will begin on May 3 at 5:30 p.m., where guests can have free beer for the first hour. Throughout the summer, make sure to stop by and grab a Friday fish fry or a pretzel to complement the beer.
4600 Estabrook Dr.

South Shore Terrace Kitchen and Beer Garden

What’s better than enjoying a beer with a view? At South Shore Terrace Kitchen and Beer Garden, visitors can enjoy a cold one as Lake Michigan stretches out in front of them. Kicking off the season with a soft opening on April 11, the Terrace’s grand opening will be a week later on April 18 at 4:30 p.m. Come for the beer, but make sure you stay and try their food as well.
2900 South Shore Dr.

Craft Beer Garden at Humboldt Park

What’s more Milwaukee than drinking craft beer in a park? Brought to you by the St. Francis Brewery and the Milwaukee County Parks System, the Craft Beer Garden is a chance to participate in an old tradition. The grand opening for the season will kick off at 5 p.m. on May 3 with the keg tapping. Make sure you bring at least $5 and more cash because this is a cash only beer garden.
3000 S Howell Ave

Whitnall Park

If you’re looking to leave the heart of Milwaukee or you’re already in the suburbs, head over to Greendale and grab yourself a beer. This beer garden also has a lot happening, from live local music on Saturdays and Sundays, to pig roasts. The season begins in Whitnall Park on May 4.
8831 North Root River Parkway, Greendale

The Landing at Hoyt Park

If you find yourself in the Wauwatosa area, it doesn’t hurt to stop on over to Hoyt Park and grab yourself some food and a beer this summer. Opening May 16, this beer garden not only serves the typical beer and pretzels, but you can also grab a pizza here. Make sure you stop by 3-9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
1800 N Swan Blvd, Wauwatosa

Hubbard Park Beer Garden

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.

Franklin Beer Garden at Croatian Park

Free Wi-Fi at a beer garden? Live music as well? What else could you ask for? Head over to Franklin starting Thursday, May 31, to enjoy this beer garden, which offers wine, beer, shots and of course non-alcoholic beverages as well. The park even offers their own craft beer called Croatian Park Ale or Karlovacko Pivo.
9100 S 76th St, Franklin

Traveling Beer Garden

A highlight of a Milwaukee summer is the Traveling Beer Garden. It’s always fun to try out a new park and share a few pints with some friends. The tours kick off May 16, with the “Pass Me a Pint” tour starting in Juneau Park and the “Roll Out the Barrel” tour starting in Greenfield Park. There’s live music every Friday and Saturday night and the beer garden stays open from 5-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays. You can even buy the souvenir glass and bring it back throughout the summer for a discounted price on your beer.

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The Roll out the Barrel Tour Schedule:
  • Greenfield Park
    • May 16 – June 3
  • Bender Park
    • June 6 – 24
  • Grant Park
    • June 27 – July 15
  • Doctors Park
    • July 18 – August 5
  • Juneau Park
    • August 8 – September 3
The Pass Me a Pint Tour Schedule: 
  • Juneau Park
    • May 16 – 28
  • Kletzsch Park
    • May 30 – June 10
  • Froemming Park
    • June 13 – 24
  • McCarty Park
    • June 27 – July 8
  • Jackson Park
    • July 11 – 22
  • Lake Park
    • July 25 – August 5
  • Hales Corners Park
    • August 7 – 19
  • Currie Park
    • August 22 – September 3
  • Trimborne Farms
    • September 7 – 9

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