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5 Best Outdoor Beer Gardens Near Milwaukee: Wimmer Staff Picks

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On June 29th, the Pabst Mansion announced it is hosting a beer garden Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 p.m. in the true spirit of Gemütlichkeit. Well, this got us thinking…Team Wimmer is all about Gemütlichkeit (meaning friendliness and good cheer in German) and we welcome you to join us at our favorite Milwaukee area beer gardens featured in this month’s blog.

Brookfield Beer Garden - Wimmer Communites

Brookfield Village Beer Garden – Steve, Project Manager

In the heart of the Brookfield Village, you’ll find a great beer garden featuring live music, games, grilled food, and Brookfield’s own amazing Biloba Brewery craft beers. This family-friendly event is where Steve likes to go to unwind once a month on a Thursday evening from 4-9 May through October. It’s cool knowing that the beer is brewed right there in the Village of Brookfield by Gordon, who in addition to being a brewer, is also a licensed cheesemaker!

Brookfield Village Beer Garden

Biloba Brewery Facebook Page

Whitnall Beer Garden - Wimmer Communities

Whitnall Beer Garden – Lisa, Project Coordinator, and Chris, Construction Estimator

The Whitnall Beer Garden is mentioned over and over by Wimmer team members as a favorite spot to relax. Maybe it’s because they feature 24 craft beer tap handles, as well as wine and soft drinks. Or maybe it’s the monthly pig roast and root beer floats. But any way you pour it, the Whitnall Beer Garden is one of the best places to go all summer long, seven days a week!

And speaking of Whitnall Gardens…check out the Wimmer Communities’ Concerts in the Gardens 2021 concert schedule! We’re b-a-c-k!!!

Whitnall Beer Garden

Wimmer Communities’ Concerts in the Gardens

Hubbard Park Lodge - Shorewood - Wimmer Communities

Hubbard Park Beer Garden – Anna, Architecture Intern

The most unique thing about the Hubbard Park Beer Garden is that it’s open YEAR-ROUND! How cool is that (as a matter of fact, it could be quite cool in our climate!)? Another thing this special beer garden offers is private cabanas in the warmer months and domes during winter, which you can rent for your family and friends. You can also enjoy Sunday brunch in your cabana!

Anna likes the live music and the fact that they feature beer from Germany as well as local and other domestic beer. The food is local too…spotlighting Usinger’s sausages. On Wednesdays through Sundays after 4 p.m. you might like to try the fish fry or an amazing rack of BBQ ribs.

South Shore Terrace - Wimmer Communities

South Shore Terrace – Becky, Regional Manager

If you’re looking for a great place on a great lake to enjoy a cold beer, Becky recommends the South Shore Terrace, located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Bay View. Besides the incredible view of the lake and downtown, Becky recommends the food, which includes a local charcuterie board, lobster sliders, crab cake sandwiches, and unique burgers. The beer menu exclusively features Miller beers. On Friday you might want to try the fish fry, but whatever you do, don’t skip the Purple Door ice cream sandwiches! Open 6 days per week (closed Monday).

South Shore Terrace

The Vine Humboldt Park - Wimmer Communities

Humboldt Park Beer Garden – Chris, Digital Media Manager

Another Bay View favorite is the beer garden at Humboldt Park. Known as “The Vine Humboldt,” it might as well be called “Divine Humboldt,” according to Chris, who loves this pet-friendly park for its local craft beers on tap. They also offer ciders and wine, authentic Peruvian empanadas, and Alfajors, a Peruvian sandwich cookie with dulce de leche filling. Or, if you prefer, you’re welcome to bring your own food to enjoy at this beautiful venue. And to top it all off, there is a playground for the kids while you and your friends drink a toast to Alexander Von Humboldt, the German adventurer, and park namesake. The Vine Humboldt is open daily.

Humboldt Park Beer Garden

Bass Bay Brewhouse - Wimmer Communities

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As we researched favorite beer gardens (for purely professional reasons, of course), a couple of miscellaneous ideas came up that Team Wimmer would be remiss if we failed to mention:

1. Traveling Beer Gardens and Pass Me a Pint Tour – For those who like a change of venue every few weeks, the Traveling Beer Gardens and Pass Me a Pint Tour may be just the thing. Milwaukee County Parks, together with Sprecher, host two restored fire trucks that have been converted to serve up craft brews at various parks from May through September. Check out the dates and locations for a tour of some of Milwaukee’s incredible county parks.

2. Bass Bay Brewhouse – although it’s not technically a beer garden, you may want to check out the Bass Bay Brewhouse in Mukwonago, but only if you like incredible lake views, all Wisconsin taps, and a “1920’s Old Fashioned” cocktail. Supper club-inspired meals include weekly specials like prime rib, fried chicken, and amazing fish fry.