Summer Staple: Welcome Back to South Milwaukee, Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden!



The Milwaukee County Traveling Beer Garden is returning to Grant Park this year: June 27-July 15 at Picnic Area 5 and the Brown Pavilion. Also planned for the South Milwaukee stop are a 5K and painting and wood project event.

Details were announced today.

From the Milwaukee County Parks Facebook page

There are two seasons in Milwaukee, winter and Beer Garden season – and we can all agree, we’ve had enough of winter.

Beergardening season begins in April with the opening of South Shore Terrace Beer Garden, and will move into top gear on May 16 with the return of the Traveling Beer Gardens.

The two, simultaneously running, tours will travel to fourteen stops in Milwaukee County parks in 2018, and this year they’ll feature a few exciting changes – including the ability to take credit cards. Other new features include:

New Roll Out the Barrel format
New format for the Roll Out the Barrel tour – this year each stop will be for three weeks, which allows for the addition of a fifth stop. The Roll Out the Barrel tour will end at Juneau Park on Labor Day weekend – during the Harley Davidson 115th Anniversary

New Food Partnership with Iron Grate BBQ
Beer garden favorites including pretzels, bratwurst and Polish sausage will be available every night, and on opening nights, special events, and weekends throughout the summer, the Iron Grate BBQ food truck will also visit the beer gardens.

New ‘Oak Leaf’ Flight
Our exclusive beer partner, Sprecher, offers an ever-changing selection of craft beer and hard sodas at each of the stops on the tour – served from the unique Sprecher fire trucks and new this year will be the option to purchase a flight of all twelve beers available on the fire truck. The ‘Oak Leaf’ Flight will be served on a unique Oak Leaf shaped sharing board.

New Beer Gardening Gifts
New gifts for beergardeners will also be available to purchase at the Traveling Beer Gardens – including limited edition metal pints, a new design for the souvenir pint glass and a new Beer Garden gift card. Gifts, food and beer can all be purchased with a credit card this year too.

Here are the 2018 dates and locations:

Roll Out the Barrel Tour Schedule

  • Greenfield Park, West Allis: May 16 – June 3
  • Bender Park, Oak Creek: – June 6 – 24
  • Grant Park, South Milwaukee: June 27 – July 15
  • Doctors Park, Fox Point: July 18 – August 5
  • Juneau Park, Milwaukee: August 8 – September 3

The Traveling Beer gardens open from 5pm-10pm weekdays and 11am-10pm on weekends. Last call at 9pm. Live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Traveling Beer Garden 5k Run Dates
The Beer Garden 5k run series is expanding to six runs in 2018. The Thursday evening runs begin at 6pm and all participants receive a race t-shirt and a pint glass full of beer or root beer. 5ks cost $30 per race or $150 for the full series.
Registration is now open at 

  • Greenfield Park, May 17
  • Bender Park, June 7
  • Froemming Park, June 21
  • Grant Park, July 12 
  • Lake Park, July 26
  • Juneau Park, August 23

#beerandpaint with Splash Studio Event Dates
New for 2018, Splash Studio will be bringing their #beerandpaint Mini Painting & Wood Projects events to the Traveling Beer Garden for seven dates.

  • Juneau Park, May 27
  • Bender Park, June 10
  • Froemming Park, June 24
  • Grant Park, July 15
  • Doctors Park, July 29
  • Lake Park, Aug 5
  • Juneau Park, Aug 19

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