Milwaukee County Parks have always had lots to offer, and this year
there is a refreshing addition at Estabrook Park near Shorewood. An old fashioned German Biergarten has opened, operated by Hans Wisgerber III, owner of the Old German Beer Hall downtown!
Beer Gardens were a popular community gathering space in Milwaukee parks in the days before prohibition. Being the home of so many Germans and breweries, it was only natural! Now, that tradition is coming back.
Located near the comfort station at the center of Estabrook Park, there are lots of picnic tables set under the shade of trees. Lighting has been strung along the area for evening enjoyment, typical for a biergarten. You can hear the rushing of the Milwaukee River down the bluff to the west.
Traditional Oktoberfest beer is being served, and soon brats, pretzels and hot dogs will be offered. Until then, patrons are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch.
In an effort to keep the park clean and reduce waste Weisgerber explained, “We intend to serve everything in glassware with deposits. We’d like the beer garden to be part of a green initiative for the park. That way there will be no waste, no litter.”
Pubic reaction has been 99% positive, as seen in this recent TV report.
For the full story check out this On Milwaukee.com article.
Hopefully we will see more parks adopting this old time tradition! Enjoy this new park feature, maybe I will see you there!
By: Pat Tasker
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