Tinself Tap Room Barrel Yard MKE

All Things Tinsel, Santa, and Holiday at the Barrel Yard MKE

All Things Tinsel, Santa, and Holiday at the Barrel Yard MKE are here! Did you know you can rent a room filled with tinsel and all things holiday this season at American Family Field? It’s true! The Tinsel Taproom, is a holiday pop-up experience, we cannot wait to try in December. If you want to try it out, reserve your timeslot now – the room is booking up fast!

Scroll down for our latest giveaway from our partners at the Barrel Yard and American Family Field.

Tinself Tap Room Barrel Yard MKE

What’s New? The Tinsel Tap Room at The Barrel Yard!

In March 2023, I toured the new Barrel Yard at American Family Field. SO many thanks to the Brewers organization for the sneak peek of the new J. Leinikugels @barrelyardmke which opened to the public on Monday, April 3, 2023. Tap the heading to see our Instagram reel for their mouthwatering new menu options!

This is an amazing new addition to American Family Field. It’s family friendly, really a restaurant with a brewery and not the other way around. The food was delicious. 😋 Executive Chef Loren Rue crafted this menu exquisitely. The space is amazing with a Northwoods theme paying homage to the Up North lifestyle of @leinenkugels , thanks to artwork by @bigshotrobot

Plus, you can come here on non-game days as well as game days! So, if you want to check it out without the crowds, head over on a non-game day and tour the space for yourself. It’s like a sneak peek into the workings of a stadium as you can watch behind the scenes what happens on the field, while eating a yummy lunch or dinner! Bathrooms are clean and close for families, no need to go out into the stadium.

Lastly, with the holiday season upon us, you can reserve the Tinsel Tap Room! 

November 28, 2023 – January 6, 2024

New this holiday season, tap into a can’t miss holiday experience at American Family Field, the Tinsel Taproom! Winter dining has never been cozier, as your group will enjoy merriments in the signature Taproom, with views of the pilot brewery system at J. Leinenkugel’s Barrel Yard. It’s the perfect space for secret Santa get togethers, girl’s night out, family gatherings & more!


  • Seating for up to 8 people (or up your reservation to 12 folks!)
  • 90-minute dining reservation in private Taproom, overlooking Pilot Brewery
  • Complimentary Drink Package
  • Complimentary Light Apps to start
  • Option to order additional food & drink
  • Use code LCFF15 for $15 off your experience!

*The Lake Country Family Fun team will be checking it out in December and reporting back!

Tinself Tap Room Barrel Yard MKE

Visit with Santa

    • $20/Family Reservation includes 15-minutes with Santa, photos, crafting, hot cocoa & cookie decorating for the littles
    • Option to add-on food & beverage from main menu
    • Website: https://barrelyardmke.com/tinsel/ (scroll down to “Visit with Santa”)
    • Stick around after your appointment for a family lunch or dinner!

Supper with Santa at Barrel Yard

Toys for Tots Drop-off Location at Barrel Yard

    • Drop off Toys for Tots at the Barrel Yard, 11/28-12/22.
    • In partnership with the Marines. With every toy donation, receive a complimentary pint of beer on the Barrel Yard!

Brewdolf Meet & Greet (with Santa)

  • Sunday, December 10th 3p-5p in the Hot Corner
  • $20/Family Reservation includes photo with Santa & his Reindeer, hot cocoa, cookie decorating
  • Taproom at the Barrel Yard will be open serving hot cocoa, pilot brews
  • Tickets on sale now

In June 2023, we watched a Brewers game from the Barrel Yard Outside Table. HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 

The table is your seat for the game, but you can come and go as you please. Tables fit 4-6 people. There’s a bit of space to stand and stretch your legs for the kids. Another perk is that there are nice, clean bathrooms right in the restaurant. No need to go out into the stadium. Great option for families!

Plus, the view is amazing, overlooking, left field AKA Christian Yelich and the Brewers Bullpen.

Brewers Barrel Yard Lunch Menu

Now to get to the food! 
🥓 It was delicious. Try the “Nueske’s Hanging Bacon”. I have had this twice now!
🐠 The Nordic Blu Salmon is yum!
🍔 The kids menu is only $8!! The chicken tenders w/fries is a large portion and of course we completed the scavenger hunt! 🙂
🍩 Have a sweet tooth? Try the Campside Churro Donuts. Just do it. 🙂

To Drink:
🍺 The Barrel Yard brews beer onsite! I tried the limited release: Lead Off Lager, but there is as a Double Play IPA. #drinkresponsibly
🥤 For the kids – what says more fun than cotton candy on the straw? Give the Blue Dream Lemonade or Rainbow Lemonade a try. We did!
Brewers Barrel Yard Kids Menu

Brewers: XGolf at American Family Field

Golf lovers! You can golf in any season and any weather while overlooking American Family Field! XGolf has the best simulators AND an amazing menu. Golf at one of the 7 simulators with your favorites and stay for lunch and dinner at the lounge and bar. The food is delicious. I need to get back there for lunch!

Monday through Saturday: 9am-10pm
Sunday: 9am-7pm
*Parking is FREE on non-game days.

GAME DAY HOURS: Will vary based on game start time. X-Golf opens 90 minutes prior to first pitch, and closes at the conclusion of the game. Any guest with a ticket is welcome in X-Golf to enjoy the game!

XGolf at American Family Field

Brewers: What’s New? 414 Menu and Sunday Fun-Day Bundle

Prior to 2020, we used to take the kids to Brewers games on Sunday afternoons fairly often. The games were at 1:10 pm, which was perfect, because it doesn’t interfere with bedtime like a Saturday night or weeknight game. And we were done with naps. (It’s exhilarating to not have to plan social events around nap time! Parents of little ones – your day will come!) We would arrive a couple hours early to tailgate beforehand. We tried to always park in the preferred section. It’s less expensive to park in the general parking lots, but that can be quite a hike for little legs.

The 414 Menu is a list of items for only $4! Find junior hotdogs, junior nachos, Cracker Jack and soda all at this discounted price. 

And we’re excited to see in 2023, the Brewers are bringing back a Sunday Fun-Day Bundle!

For only $59, you’ll receive all you need to have a blast at the ballpark. Enjoy four Terrace Level Outfield seats to the game, four hot dogs, four sodas and a parking pass for your Crew. Upgrade your seat location to Loge Bleachers for just $10 more per person.

The only thing you’ll need to do is decide who’s coming with — so start planning your picture-perfect Sunday below.

Please note: A minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 tickets may be purchased per game, per person for this offer. One free general parking pass per order — additional parking may be purchased at brewers.com/parking. All game tickets and parking passes will be delivered via the MLB Ballpark app. On game day, stop by any concession stand featuring the 414 menu, and simply scan your game ticket to receive a hot dog and 16 oz. soda.

More Brewers Kid Fun

2023 Themed Days at American Family Field

4/28 – Wisconsin Night
5/13 – Star Wars Night
5/25 – First Responders Appreciation Night
5/26 – Aloha Friday
6/16 – Golf Night
6/17 – Indiana Jones™ Night
7/8 – Sesame Street Day
8/3 – Harry Potter™ Night

Take your family to a Brewers game Star Wars
Stephanie and her family at Star Wars Night in May 2023!

Kids Crew, presented by U.S. Bank

All Brewers fans ages 14 and under are eligible to join the Kids Crew. For more information, please visit brewers.com/KidsCrew or call (414) 902-4000.

Aurora Health Care Kids Zone

The Aurora Health Care® Kids Zone is a special kids’ interactive playground, located on the Terrace Level behind home plate. It remains open through the 8th inning. The Kids Zone is designed for children under 42 inches of height. Other applicable rules are displayed in the Kids Zone.

U.S. Cellular® Power Playground

Located on the Field Level near the right-field corner, the U.S. Cellular® Power Playground includes a batting cage, pitching cage, replica Bernie Brewer slide and clubhouse, a Race to First Base, as well as many photo opportunities. The U.S. Cellular® Power Playground is open from the time the American Family Field gates open until the end of the game.

Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days

Kids 14 and under & seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets for weekday afternoon home games at American Family Field. Excludes All-Inclusive Areas, Platinum Seats, and Uecker Seats. Not valid on July 6.  For more information, visit brewers.com/KidsAndSeniors.

A lot of giveaways happen throughout the season. Check them out here by date.

Lastly, if it is your child’s first game, they can get a certificate commemorating the day!

Extra Tips

I remember going when Miller Park was just built back when I was in grade school. We took a field trip to Milwaukee and followed up with an afternoon Brewer game. What a fun day! Going to baseball games was a big part of my childhood, even traveling to Wrigley Field a couple times, but nothing beats tailgating in Milwaukee.

Speaking of Tailgating, please note that only ticketed persons can tailgate. You will need to be by your vehicle. Tailgating will end 30 minutes after the game starts. We love bringing bags/cornhole, a grill, our stocked cooler, and a radio/speaker. Find the full list of rules here: https://www.mlb.com/brewers/ballpark/tailgating

A Brewers game has been a day well spent in our family. We have taken our kids to more games than I can count, and they always want to go back. They get so excited on the ride in from Lake Country and squeal when they can see the roof. We like to guess whether the roof will be open or closed for the game, depending on the weather. And when we arrive, the atmosphere and energy is intoxicating. There is nothing like tailgating on a sunny afternoon, grilling out behind your vehicle, and hoping for a W! If you haven’t taken your kids yet, hopefully as things improve, you will be given the opportunity to enjoy these activities again.

You can carry in! Sealed bottles of water, juice or soda (32 oz. or smaller), and personal size food items (e.g., a sandwich, small bags of pretzels, piece of fruit) are all permitted inside of the ballpark.

Bag Policy: Single-compartment bags with dimensions of 9″ x 5″ x 2″ or smaller, clear single-compartment bags of 12″ x 12″ x 6″ or smaller, one-gallon clear seal top bags, diaper bags, and medical/family needs bags are permitted inside the ballpark.

Please note that they also do not allow flashlights. Which is not a big deal for us, but a number of people in front of us in line had their flashlights confiscated. #nowyouknow

We love to sit on the first level if possible. It’s close to the kid activities and has great views of the game. However, in April 2019, we bought tickets on the club level and the kiddos thought that was pretty amazing, too! We had row 1 tickets so no one was in front of us, offering great views. We’ve sat in the bleachers before, but not with kids. With kids, having an actual seat helps to contain them a bit to their own seat or standing in front of their seat. And when they start to get wiggly, we get up and explore.

If you are nursing, the American Family Field Nursing Suite is located on the Field Level inside First Aid (next to Guest Relations). Mothers may also nurse their children in the Mamava Suite, presented by Aurora Health Care, located on the Terrace Level near Guest Relations.

Find their schedule here.

Also, if you show up early – you can get autographs from Brewers players by third base. Check out this local Oconomowoc girl who hopped the rails with two other kids to dance with Jeremy Jeffress before the game. How awesome! We usually tailgate almost up to the start of the game, so have yet to experience this in real life.

After the game, all kids ages 14 and under can come down to the field and run the bases at American Family Field, presented by Aurora Health Care. The postgame Kids Run the Bases line begins along the first-base line on the Field Level. Tip – the line gets very long. Don’t wait until the end of the game to get in line.

Plus, always be safe! Our friends at Children’s Hospital of WI have some safety tips to share before you head out to your next game.

Go Brewers!

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5 thoughts on “All Things Tinsel, Santa, and Holiday at the Barrel Yard MKE”

  1. Wow! Great post! I really appreciate it. Actually, when I get time, I also take my family to the Brewer game. It refreshes both body and mind. Thanks a lot for your post!

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