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Lake Country Beer Gardens

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Beer Gardens are a huge summer hit for Lake Country families. The kids can play and the parents can hang out in a local park/outdoor venue. Not only do they bring great beer to beer lovers of drinking age, but they bring it to outdoor settings great for kids and adults of all ages.  Most beer gardens boast great food, lawn games, and other drink options like wine or soda. The phenomena of beer gardens, or as the German would say, biergartens, is here.

A few years ago, Lake Country didn’t boast many, if any, beer gardens. Flash forward to 2020 and we have over TEN listed!!! Unfortunately due to COVID-19, some beer gardens are not happening in 2020, some will start later and some have not determined their status yet.  We will keep this guide up to date. Social distancing encouraged at gatherings at open beer gardens this summer. Read on to find where you can experience a local beer garden. Prost!

LCFF promotes responsible drinking. Please drink responsibly and call a driver if you need one. Beer Gardens are intended to be family friendly and fun – let’s keep them that way. Soda and water are available at these events as well. 


THANK YOU TO OUR LAKE COUNTRY BEER GARDEN GUIDE SPONSOR:

RAISED GRAIN BREWERY CO.

THURSDAYS 4-9
FRIDAYS 4-9
SATURDAYS 3-9

PARK LOCATIONS & DATES

Fox River: June 11-13
Mukwonago: June 18-20
Fox Brook: June 25-27
Muskego: July 2-4
Fox Brook: July 9-11
Menomonee: July 16-18
Minooka: July 23-25
Fox River: July 30 – Aug 1
Fox Brook: Aug 6-8
Naga Waukee: Aug 13-15
Mukwonago:  Aug 20-22
Minooka: Aug 27-29
Menomonee: Sept 11-12
Mukwonago: Sept 25-26

2020 Lake Country Waukesha County Beer Garden Options

DETAILS

The Raised Grain Brewing Company & Waukesha County Parks will host a fourth year of pop-up beer gardens in 2020. This season will include seven Waukesha County Park locations.

All Pop-Up Beer Garden locations will be open Friday from 4-9 pm and Saturday from 3-9 pm starting June 11 throughout the summer. 

What’s On Tap:
We’ll have five of our beers on tap, including our Guitar City Gold Lager, Summer Vice Hefeweizen, Naked Threesome IPA, Take ‘er Easy Pale Ale, Boxcar’s English Amber, and a rotating line for anything new!

In addition to beer, Diamond Hard Seltzer will be available for purchase. Diamond Hard Seltzer is brewed by Raised Grain in Waukesha using Wisconsin ingredients. It is 100 calories per 12oz serving, 5% alcohol, and Gluten Removed. Flavors available will be Cherry Lime and Mandarin Orange.

 

What  To Expect:
Guests can expect to find yard games, other events, music and fun family attractions. Some parks have swimming access and playgrounds. In addition to Raised Grain’s award-winning beer, Pop-Up Beer Gardens will feature a rotating lineup of Waukesha County based food trucks, including Matty’s Food Truck, Tramper’s Oak Fired Pizza, Just Smokin’ BBQ, and Benet’s BBQ.

Please note: during the pop-up beer garden times of operation, a special daily car entrance fee will be $6, which includes one beer token. Annual sticker holders will have regular access to the park. Their schedule available ONLINE.

SCHEDULE:

Fox River: June 11-13
Mukwonago: June 18-20
Fox Brook: June 25-27
Muskego: July 2-4
Fox Brook: July 9-11
Menomonee: July 16-18
Minooka: July 23-25
Fox River: July 30 – Aug 1
Fox Brook: Aug 6-8
Naga Waukee: Aug 13-15
Mukwonago:  Aug 20-22
Minooka: Aug 27-29
Menomonee: Sept 11-12
Mukwonago: Sept 25-26

MY REVIEW

What I loved about the Waukesha County Park Pop-Up Beer Garden was that my favorite beers were brought close to me and I could enjoy them in a family friendly, outdoor and local setting. My kids and I attended a few and the kids had fun running around with their friends, while I enjoyed my beer and tasty food while enjoying the summer day.  I like that the sign was up near the park each time it was “popping-up” by me, so I remembered to visit. It was also a great way to enjoy and support our county parks.  I loved that even though there was an entry fee, it came with a token for one beer.

CONTACT

Follow RAISED GRAIN’S FACEBOOK PAGE for up-to-date information on each pop-up beer garden, including any inclement weather updates, food trucks or other entertainment. More information on their WEBSITE.

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There are so many different beer gardens in Lake Country! Comment and tell us which ones you’ve been to so far this Summer! Anyone been to more than 2-3? 🌱 If you are overwhelmed by the variety or not sure what to expect, our guide to Lake Country Beer Gardens, sponsored by @raisedgrainbrewingco features all the details + first-hand reviews by our team (it’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it 😉) 🌱 Last Thursday, Stephanie attended @winnebeergo for the first time. This Thursday night beer garden takes place at Lakefront Park in Pewaukee in partnership with @plwsc. During these events, 15% of all beer sold goes back to the water ski team. Stephanie enjoyed that the ski show provided entertainment for herself and her kids while they enjoyed @winnebeergo offerings. 🌱 Bonus! This weekend, @winnebeergo will also be at Nettesheim park in Pewaukee, Friday-Sunday as part of Pewaukee’s pop-up beer garden. #wisconsinbeergarden #beergarden #winnebeergo #raisedgrain #lovelcff

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No 2020 information is provided yet. Infomation is from 2019 below.

DETAILS –

Liberty Park is located in Downtown Delafield just north of the Dopkins Street municipal parking lot, over the Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Riverwalk bridge. It is just south of St.John’s Northwestern Military Academy. More Details HERE.

According to their website, a full beer garden will take place inside Liberty Park on July 19th and 20th, 2019 beginning at 5pm both nights.

No 2020 information is provided yet. Infomation is from 2019 below.

DETAILS

  • TBD

MY REVIEW

Erin and her family checked out the June 2018 Oconomowoc Beer Garden. They attended the Saturday evening garden, played checkers and bags with their kiddos and met up with some local friends. What Erin loved was that there were games set out to play with their kids, the Ale Asylum that was on tap, was delicious, and they were able to walk to a food truck and eat it at the garden. The Village Green did not become busy until closer to 8:00 pm, and up until about then, there were plenty of picnic tables and chairs set out to accommodate the crowd. There were many other families there, too.  All in all, it was a great summer night out in Lake Country!

CONTACT

Check the Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association PAGE for more details.

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Erin and her family checked out the June 2018 Oconomowoc Beer Garden. They attended the Saturday evening garden, played checkers and bags with their kiddos and met up with some local friends. What Erin loved was that there were games set out to play with their kids, the Ale Asylum that was on tap, was delicious, and they were able to walk to a food truck and eat it at the garden. The Village Green did not become busy until closer to 8:00 pm, and up until about then, there were plenty of picnic tables and chairs set out to accommodate the crowd. There were many other families there, too. All in all, it was a great summer night out in Lake Country! ☀️ Future Oconomowoc Beer Gardens will be on July 13-14 and August 18-19. The times are Friday nights from 5-9 pm and Saturdays from noon to 9pm in June and July and in August 11-9 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday in conjunction with the Midwest Paddleboard event at the Village Green. ☀️ There many beer gardens happening throughout Lake Country this Summer. Our guide to Lake Country Beer Gardens has all the details! Thanks to guide sponsor, @raisedgrainbrewingco ☀️

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This beer garden will not take place in 2020. Look forward to having it back in 2021! 

DETAILS

The City of New Berlin, in conjunction with Eagle Park Brewing, will not be hosting Beer Garden events in New Berlin’s parks in 2020. 

CONTACT

Check the City of New Berlin FACEBOOK PAGE for more information.

No 2020 information is provided yet. Information is from 2019 below.

DETAILS

New for 2019! Free Concerts at the Beer Garden on Thursday AND Friday nights. The community is invited Downtown to enjoy free music at Mill Pond Plaza, aka the Downtown Beer Garden. Beer Garden open 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. starting June 13!

Thursday Concerts | 6:30-8:00 PM (food by Kiwinis Club)
Friday Concerts | 6:30-9:00 PM (various food vendors)

Fun for the entire family at Mill Pond Plaza off of Main Street at the bridge.

Saturday, August 17th – Taste of the Falls from 5-9 pm an event with 8 local restaurants, craft beer, music by Wait for Morning and MORE!!!

MY REVIEW

I like a lot of the nearby vendors and businesses and it is neat that one of the goals of the beer garden is to increase foot traffic and help local businesses. Plus, who doesn’t love beautiful downtown Menomonee Falls, heck, my wedding photos were taken there 🙂

CONTACT

You can catch information on the Menomonee Falls Downtown webpage HERE, including the music lineup for 2019.

DETAILS

Join Lake Country families in Pewaukee EVERY THURSDAY this summer starting July 9th in conjunction with the water ski show! The event is a family friendly beer garden with the bonus of the Pewaukee Water Ski shows. Root beer on tap will assure a good time for the whole family.  

Additionally, find them traveling various Pewaukee Parks as part of a tour with Pewaukee Parks and Rec.  They will be at Nettesheim the 3rd Friday of July and August!

The owners of Winnebeergo host PARKTOBERFEST on Fridays and Saturdays from the weekend after Labor Day until the first weekend of October at Kiwanis Village Park. 

MY REVIEW

Winnebeergo is a classic motor home, professionally fitted with a custom 8-tap draft beer system and a custom built unattached bar area. The vibe is kitschy, yet classy and speaks to our Wisconsin outdoors. Patrons are saying that it is a great time and great way to enjoy outdoors and Pewaukee.

I finally had the opportunity to check Winnebeergo out in 2018.  I enjoyed that the ski show provided entertainment for myself and my kiddos while I enjoyed @WINNEBEERGO offerings. Plus, these guys are hilarious!

CONTACT

You can catch Winnebeergo information on their FACEBOOK page or view their WEBSITE.

DETAILS

The beer garden, run by Patrick Endter, owner of Endter’s Sports Grill, will be open starting June 4, 2020 per the Village of Hartland Website. The beer garden hours are 4 to 9 pm Thursdays and Fridays and from noon to 9 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Available for purchase were draft and packaged beer, wine, pretzels, popcorn, brats and more. Beer garden visitors enjoyed live music throughout the summer.

Nixon Concert Series found HERE. The May 21st and May 28th events were cancelled.

MY REVIEW

What I loved about the Lake Country Beer Garden at Nixon Park was the ambiance.  I absolutely loved the string lights at dusk, the fountain in the pond in the background, the games (mega jenga and bags), and the kids laughing in the background at the park or splash park.  It was a perfect venue for ultimate lake country family fun!

Erin’s family enjoying the Lake Country Beer Garden:

CONTACT

You can follow them at their FACEBOOK PAGE

For Details on the status of the Hartland Splash Pad click here.

DETAILS

The Village of Sussex will unveil its second annual travelling beer garden in the summer of 2020: Pints in the Park.

Join this summer for Pints in the Park Traveling Beer Garden at four Sussex parks. We’ll have craft beer by Brewfinity Brewing and rotating food trucks.

Join our “Mug Club” to reduce waste and receive discounted beer at all Pints in the Park events this summer. Purchase a “Pints in the Park” mug for $10 and your first fill is free. Then get $1 off refills at Pints in the Park events.

The first and second events have been cancelled for May 30 and June 25th.  Other events not yet cancelled include:

  • Thursday, July 23rd from 5-8 at Madeline Park
  • Sunday, August 16th from 11-3 for the Main Street Block Party

Stay up to date on the Sussex Splash Pad info here

DETAILS

No 2020 information is provided yet. Infomation is from 2019 below.

Melms Brewing Company is hosting a mini series of Biergartens at Naga-Waukee and Nashotah parks this summer, June through September! Stop by for a beer and to learn about the rich local history of Melms.

  •  Friday and Saturday August 16 – 17, Visit them at Nagawicka Park in Hartland. They will be Open 4:00 to 9:00 and have entertainment by Pat McCurdy! Food available from the BBQ Shack! This beer garden will be at Naga-Waukee Park – Beach Parking Lot (Located between picnic areas 4 & 5). – there will be signs directing you.
  •  September 6-7, visit them at Nashtoah Park Picnic Area 1.

DETAILS

  • Back by popular demand is the 2nd Annual Dousman Beer Garden!
  • There’ll be Food – Beer – Music – Fun
  • Beer provided by Brewfinity Brewing Co.
  • New this year – 2 Food Trucks Tacqueria Doblado & Big Daddy O’s BBQ
  • More information coming soon!
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 20 from 5-10pm at Cory Park 
  • Enjoy our beautiful community park with family and friends!

No 2020 information is provided yet. Infomation is from 2019 below.

DETAILS

  • Component Brewing Co.
  • Veteran’s Memorial Park, Racine Ave – Muskego, WI
  • 4:00 – 9:00 PM 
  • May 31 & June 1     ~     July 12 & 13     ~     September 20 & 21
  • Food Trucks, Live Music, Fire Pits and Lawn Games
  • A portion of all proceeds benefit Muskego Parks & Rec

DETAILS

Saturday Night Depot Beer Garden – OPENING JULY 11 and will occur Saturdays from 3-9 through October 3, 2020.

Meet your friends and bring the family for Saturday at the Beer Garden at Old Falls Village! Live music, an assortment of delicious sandwiches and snacks, kid’s games, beautiful picnic grounds and BEER! Open from 3-9pm with special extended hours during Old Falls Village events.  Event info here.

MORE NEARBY BEER GARDENS TO ENJOY

  • View the BEST LOCAL PATIO DINING GUIDE for awesome Patios.  There are beer gardens at many including, but not limited to:
    • Beer Garden at the Delafield Brewhaus
    • Beer Garden at the Schwabenhof in Menomonee Falls
  • TYRANENA BREWERY BEER GARDEN in Lake Mills has a huge (I mean huge) outdoor patio surrounded by a grassy area. Bring your own food (not beverages) in and they even have a grill to grill your food on. On Friday and Saturday evenings they have live music and there is a schedule with food trucks as well!  You may bring your children and dogs (on a leash). Visit their website for more information!
  • Milwaukee Zoo Beer Garden is open and near the new entrance and Otter Exhibit! It’s also called the “Bear” Garden because of it’s location near the grizzly bear. Note: The zoo is not currently open.
  • VON ROTHENBURG BIER STUEBE in Germantown has an awesome outdoor dining area and beer garden in the warmer months. I’m partial to this one, being from Germantown, but this is a legit German restaurant and bar down to the food, decor, beer & attire. Show up in lederhosens for a discount!
  • The ESTABROOK BEER GARDEN in Milwaukee is the first public Beer Garden in the U.S.A. since Prohibition and features beer brewed in Germany by the Staatliches Hofbrauhaus. Note: We love the park here and the pretzel was delish! Note: Currently closed.
  • The TRAVELING BEER GARDENS are two, simultaneously running, tours traveling through Milwaukee County Parks and the money helps improve the parks. More info HERE. Note: Postponed in 2020.  
  • In addition to the traveling beer garden, Milwaukee County hosts 5 permanent location gardens. More info HERE. Note: Currently closed, website says, “Stayed tuned for 2020 opening.”
      • South Shore Terrace (South Shore Park on Lake Michigan)
      • Whitnall Park
      • Estabrook (listed above)
      • Humboldt Park Craft Beer Garden
      • The Landing at Hoyt Park

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