The influence of Milwaukee’s German roots has inspired the
creation of another biergarten. After Estabrook
Park’s beer garden experienced resounding success when it opened last summer,
park lovers took notice. A perfect mix of community, culture and nostalgia,
beer gardens draw people outdoors to enjoy refreshment of body and mind.
The Friends of Hoyt Park, the non-profit organization that spearheaded
the effort to restore the Hoyt Park pool and Works Progress Administration-era
bathhouse, will now undertake the opening of Milwaukee County’s second beer
Friends’ Communications Director, Mary Pluta, explains, “One of our
main goals is to keep the pool affordable for families. It was always part of
the plan to develop the north-facing ‘head’ of the bathhouse as a revenue
stream to defray the expense of running the pool.” After seeing Estabrook’s
operation, the organizers at Hoyt thought adding a beer garden would be a good
Though no official date has been set for the grand opening of The
Landing, the name chosen for the Hoyt Park beer garden, the group is aiming for
mid-July. There will be space for seating 266 at the long, European-style
picnic tables as well as some green space under an old elm tree to spread a few
picnic blankets. “It will be a great place for people to relax and get to know
their neighbors a little better,” says Pluta.
Negotiations are still underway to determine what type of beer will be served.
Pluta says, “The beer will primarily be from local brewers, but with all of the
great ethnic festivals in Milwaukee, we’d like to tap beer from different
countries at the same time to tie it together.” With an eye to environmental
friendliness and tradition, the beer will be served in glass beer steins and
Food on offer will consist mainly of giant pretzels, popcorn, brats and
hot dogs. The list will expand a bit more when it is opened up for suggestions
on the group’s Facebook page. Pluta explains, “In the next few weeks we are
going to put it out to our fans and ask them what foods they’d like to see on
the menu.” In addition, visitors to The Landing will be able to carry in their
own picnic baskets as another way to keep costs down for patrons.
The group plans to operate the beer garden from 3-9 p.m., Wednesdays
through Sundays, with live music offered on some days between 4-8 p.m.
For people who have concerns about an adult venue like a beer garden
being located adjacent to a family pool, Pluta recognizes, “It’s a valid
concern, but we won’t be allowing anyone to bring beer or wine from the garden
into the pool. They are really very separate areas. We will practice
responsible serving because it’s really important to us that we make The
Landing a family friendly space.”
For more information
visit friendsofhoytpark.org or facebook.com/fohpp.