BAY VIEW - The Humboldt Park Beer Garden officially opened for the summer season on Thursday, May 11, complete with a ceremonial keg-tapping and celebration.
Several county officials – including County Supervisor Jason Haas, who represents the district that includes Humboldt Park – were on hand to celebrate the opening of one of Milwaukee County's most popular summer beer gardens.
Throughout the season, the Humboldt Park Beer Garden will turn over its draft beer selection once a week on Fridays to a wide variety of local breweries in a "Tap Takeover" series.
"The Tap Takeover series affords neighbors several opportunities to enjoy a variety of fine craft brews from across the state, all summer long," said Supervisor Haas.
The summer Tap Takeover schedule is as follows:
- Lakefront Brewery (May 12),
- District 14, Eagle Park, and Enlightened Brewery (May 19),
- Wisconsin Brewing (May 26),
- Bavarian Bierhaus (June 2),
- Sprecher Brewery, (June 9),
- Milwaukee Brewing Co (June 16),
- Door Country Brewery and Ahnapee Brewery (June 23),
- Ale Asylum (June 30),
- Central Waters (July 7),
- Beer Capitol (July 14),
- Vintage and Port Huron Breweries ( July 21),
- Karben 4 (July 28),
- Sand Creek (Aug. 4),
- Westallion, Gathering Place, and Broken Bat Breweries ( Aug. 11)
- Lake Louie (Aug. 18),
- Milwaukee Craft Brewery League (Aug. 25),
- Leather Heads and Title Town Brewery (Sept. 1),
- Hinterland Brewery (Sept. 8),
- All October Fest (Sept. 29).
On days other than the Friday Tap Takeovers, the standard tap list includes only Wisconsin brewed beer, including Lust Weissbier from St. Francis Brewery, Klisch Pilsner from Lakefront Brewery, and Hard Lemonade from Sand Creek Brewing.
This summer the Humboldt Park Beer Garden also includes an expanded food menu, including more sandwiches and appetizers.
The Humboldt Park restroom facilities recently benefited from $54,000 in funds for repairs. Separately, the board allocated funds to install a new cedar shake roof, which is nearly completed.
In addition to the new roof, patrons of the park will benefit from new tile floors, faucets, mirrors, ADA compliant sinks, bathroom stalls, toilets, baby changing stations in both bathrooms, and floor drains, along with repaired historic brick walls and windows, all finished just in time for the opening of the beer garden.
County Board's Parks Committee allocated $27,000 from the Parks Amenities Matching Fund for repairs and upgrades, which was matched by $4,000 from the Humboldt Park Friends group and $23,000 from a private account that is funded by a portion of all beverage sales at the beer garden.