Sunday, May 17, 2015

Beer Gardens in Milwaukee Parks

The number of beer gardens continues to grow in the Milwaukee area parks and they are open for business! For all the beer gardens, of course, there are non-alcoholic options, so don't stay away if you're not a drinker.  They are meant to be family-friendly and will soon be the "go to" destinations for cyclists and hikers nearby.  There are bike racks for those who opt not to fight traffic.  Parking lots fill up fast in nicer weather.  You should really try them all because each one is unique in style as well as served by various breweries.

Humboldt Park has a beer garden again this summer,  after signing a five year lease with St. Francis Brewing Co. and the Milwaukee County Parks.  Located on the west side of the park pavilion, it operates 4-9 PM weekdays and 11-9 weekends.

Humboldt Park Beer Garden
Hubbard Park's Beer Garden in Shorewood is open for their second year of business, but only from Friday-Sunday during May.  As the weather gets nicer, it will be open more days.  You can reach it directly from the Oak Leaf Trail.  Look for the wooden gate and it will be open. Follow the Facebook page for special news.

The Sprecher's traveling beer garden is a repurposed firetruck and there are two of them this year visiting various parks.  Operating weekdays from 4-10 PM and weekends 11-10, you will find family friendly selections including pretzels and soda.

Estabrook's Biergarten is a great location for biking, and then you can cool off with a refreshing drink.  The Beer Garden is right along the Oak Leaf Trail in Estabrook park, at the top of the stairs to the river.  The views are gorgeous.  There is plenty of shaded seating.  Be sure to read the info signs they have posted on the walls of the building to learn more about beer in Milwaukee.  There's a long history in our fair city.  You'll even find an ATM at this location.
Estabrook Biergarten

Menu at Estabrook

Live music on weekends

The Friends of Hoyt Park Pool run The Landing at Hoyt Park.  This is a very active friend's group that has some great ideas for making parks more fun for visitors.  The Landing is behind the Pool and playground area and has a nice view of the historic bridge that goes over the river.  Be sure to take a look for a great photo op.  There's a full line-up of music.  You can see their schedule of performers at the events link.  

No matter which you choose, you're sure to have a great time and find a good beverage or two.  Which is your favorite?
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