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Beer Gardens are popping up all over America. They are becoming a great social experience for all. 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 2018 and we have over TEN listed!!! 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:
Park Locations & Dates
Eble Park Brookfield: May 24-26
Fox River Waukesha: May 31-June 2 / July 5-7
Nashotah: June 7-9
Menomonee: June 28-30 / Sep 6-8
Minooka in Waukesha: June 14-16 / July 19-21 / Aug 9-11
Naga-Waukee: June 21-23 / Aug 2-4
Fox Brook Brookfield: July 26-28 / Aug 23-25
Muskego: July 12-14 / Aug 30-Sep 1
Mukwonago: Aug 16-18
Raised Grain Brewery Co. and Waukesha County Parks Pop-Up Beer Garden
The Raised Grain Brewing Company & Waukesha County Parks will host a second year of pop-up beer gardens in 2018. This second season will triple the number of locations (going from 3 parks to 9), add dates, custom beer steins and food and fun in 2018!
All Pop-Up Beer Garden locations will be open Thursday and Friday from 4-9 pm, and Saturday from 3-9 pm starting May 24 throughout the summer. A rotating list of five of Raised Grain’s highly acclaimed beers will be on tap, and custom beer steins will be available for purchase.
The series kicks off on May 24 at Eble Park (19400 W Bluemound Rd, Brookfield, WI 53045), and includes three days of events to celebrate the opening of the beer garden season and the 30th Anniversary of Eble Park.
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 was available online.
May 24 to 26 Eble Park Brookfield
May 31 to Jun 2 Fox River
Jun 7 to 9 Nashotah
Jun 14 to 16 Minooka
Jun 21 to 23 Naga-Waukee
Jun 28 to 30 Menomonee
Jul 5 to 7 Fox River
Jul 12 to 14 Muskego
July 19 to 21 Minooka
Jul 26 to 28 Fox Brook
Aug 2 to 4 Naga-Waukee
Aug 9 to 11 Minooka
Aug 16 to 18 Mukwonago
Aug 23 to 25 Fox Brook
Aug 30 to Sep 1 Muskego
Sep 6 to 8 Menomonee
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 at Naga-Waukee Park 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.
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.
City of Oconomowoc Beer Garden – Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association
New in 2018!!! The Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association has proposed and been approved for a beer garden to take place at 104 E Wisconsin for 3 weekends in 2018. The dates are June 15 – 16, July 13-14 and August 18-19. The times are Friday and Saturday nights from 5-9pm 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.
New in 2018 – can’t wait to try it out!
Check the Downtown Oconomowoc Business Association page for more details. Motion was just approved on April 17th with a tie breaking vote coming from the Mayor.
City of New Berlin Beer Garden
The City of New Berlin, in conjunction with Eagle Park Brewing, will be hosting five Beer Garden events in New Berlin’s parks. All events will be at Malone Park, with the exception of the June dates which will be held at Valley View Park. Stop by on the following dates to enjoy music, a varied menu from Eagle Park Brewing, and a rotating beer selection. Events on Fridays will be held from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, and events on Saturdays will be held from 12:00pm to 9:00pm.
Date are :
- Friday, May 25th and Saturday, May 26th
- Friday, June 22nd and Saturday, June 23rd at Valley View Park
- Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th
- Friday, August 24th and Saturday, August 25th
- Friday, September 28th and Saturday, September 29th
New in 2018 – can’t wait to try it out!
Check the City of New Berlin Facebook page for more information.
Beer Garden in Menomonee Falls
Coming back in 2018!!!! Join local friends and neighbors at the Menomonee Falls Beer Garden on Fridays! The Beer Garden at the Mill Pond Plaza opens Friday, June 15 from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. and will be open every Friday night through September 28. It will have live music and food for purchase from local businesses while patrons enjoy LIVE accordion or acoustic MUSIC weekly. Note: The location changed temporarily in 2018. This year, it will take place at the Mill Pond Plaza.
It hasn’t started yet, but I can’t wait. 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 🙂
You can catch information on the Menomonee Falls Downtown webpage here, including the music lineup for 2018.
Winnebeergo Mobile Beer Garden Pewaukee
Join Lake Country families in Pewaukee EVERY THURSDAY this summer starting Thursday, May 31st 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 at Nettesheim Park July 13-15 and August 10-12 (as printed in the Pewaukee Parks & Rec Summer Booklet!) The owners of Winnebeergo also confirmed they again plan to host Parktoberfest on Fridays and Saturdays from the weekend after Labor Day until the first weekend of October at Kiwanis Village Park.
From what I read, the 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.
Beer Garden at Nixon Park Hartland
Hooray! The Lake Country Beer Garden at Nixon Park (which opened last year) will return in 2018!!!
The beer garden, run by Patrick Endter, owner of Endter’s Sports Grill, will be open from May 28-Sept. 30, which is eight weeks longer than last year’s. 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.
Opening night will take place on Thursday, May 24th from 6-9 pm. The details for this kick-off event can be found here.
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!
Biergarten at the Schwabenhof Menomonee Falls
Back in 2018 with expanded days! Join Wednesdays – Fridays in May through September at the Schwabenhof. The Pavilion will be open for guests to gather during happy hour for some food, drinks and laughs with friends and family.
I haven’t gone yet, but I plan to go. I didn’t realize how close it was – it’s in Waukesha County. From reading the reviews online, it seems like quite the hidden gem!
You can find more details on this local gem on their website.
Depot Beer Garden in Menomonee Falls
Join this summer at Old Falls Village in Menomonee Falls WI for our First Beer Garden in our Historical Park. Every Saturday and select Friday’s and Sunday’s, we will be featuring a different brewery at Old Falls Village for the brand new Depot Beer Garden. Featured Breweries: MobCraft, Raised Grain, Third Space, Brewfinity, Eagle Park, Biloba, Good City, Enlightened, Sprecher, Toppling Goliath, and Stock House. Please note: Dates and hours change weekly. All days are weather permitting.
Sponsored by Three Cellars and food vendor Ally’s Bistro! Dates are May 19 – October 13 and you can find specific days/time here.
New in 2018!!!
You can find more details on this local beer garden here.
More Nearby Beer Gardens to Enjoy
- 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!
- 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! Opens May 3rd.
- The Traveling Beer Garden opening for the Season at Juneau Park & Greenfield Park on May 16. The Traveling Beer Gardens are two, simultaneously running, tours traveling through Milwaukee County Parks. More info here.
- In addition to the traveling beer garden, Milwaukee County hosts 5 permanent location gardens. Info here.
- South Shore Terrace (South Shore Park on Lake Michigan)
- Whitnall Park
- Estabrook (listed above)
- Humboldt Park Craft Beer Garden
- The Landing at Hoyt Park