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After spending an overly long winter and non-existent spring watching the snow fall outside your window, your dreams of warm breezes, the glowing sun and a healthy dose of gemutlichkeit are finally reality. Spring has arrived – and with summer in hot pursuit, you’re now able to raise the first of many steins at an area beer garden. Here’s where to find them, when they’re open and what they’re serving up.

Currently open for the season, this expanded beachside concessions area in South Shore Park features the Miller 1855 Bar, with its nearly 30-foot concrete and cedar counter complete with 20 tap handles. The gathering space, open spring through fall, also includes a cedar pergola, two stamped-concrete stages, gas fire pits to keep everyone cozy during cooler weather, expanding seating, live music from local bands on Wednesdays and a glorious view of Lake Michigan. There are new brews on tap this year, as well as new additions to its menu of farm-to-table snacks.

Newly opened for the season on April 30, this Old World Beer Garden in Shorewood is located along the Oak Leaf Trail just south of Capitol Drive. The garden features locally brewed beers, non-alcoholic drinks and a menu featuring sausages, hot dogs, German-style pretzels and Wisconsin cheese.

Estabrook Park carries the honor of being the first public beer garden in the U.S. since Prohibition. The beer garden, which offers up plenty of shaded seating and a river view, features imported beer from the Munich Hofbrauhaus, along with brats, hot dogs, freshly baked soft pretzels, a Friday fish fry and schnitzel on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Landing – a snazzy beer garden in Wauwatosa featuring both indoor and outdoor seating – features a changing list of local craft and imported beer, along with red, white and sparkling wines as well as a food menu including Cranky Al’s pizza, giant pretzels, obatzda, beer brats, hot dogs, popcorn and fountain drinks. A schedule of live music will also be posted on its website.

Officially rolled out for the season on May 16, each stop features Sprecher Brewing Company products including craft beers, special flights (namely the brand new Oak Leaf Flight, featuring all 12 brews on the truck for your tasting pleasure), gourmet sodas and other refreshments. And to help soak up those suds, the Traveling Beer Garden has added the Iron Grate BBQ food truck on weekends and special occasions in addition to its usual menu of pretzels, bratwurst and Polish sausages sold every night. And, like the South Shore Terrace, they all now accept credit cards.

This beer garden, located at 9100 S. 76th St., takes a Croatian twist on the generally German tradition, featuring its own Croatian Park Ale, a popular Croatian brew called Karlovacko, Croatian cordials, and Croatian cevapcici and sausages off the grill. Of course, the beer garden also serves up plenty of Wisconsin craft brews and MillerCoors products, wine, mixed drinks and soda as well.

Thanks to a partnership between the Milwaukee County Parks and St. Francis Brewery, the Humboldt Park Beer Garden features a selection of local food along with rotating taps of Wisconsin craft beer. It’s cash only, but an ATM is available onsite. Now open, Humboldt Park will keep pouring through the rest of the season from noon to 10 p.m daily, with last call at 9 p.m.

Last year, what started as merely a popular stop on the Traveling Beer Garden’s summer sprint officially grew into a permanent, Milwaukee County Parks-operated beer garden in Whitnall Park. And it’s returned to the Root River Parkway for 2018 with a variety of domestic and craft beers, ciders, hard sodas, wine and other refreshments in tow – as well as a lineup of local musicians performing from 5-8 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Whitnall’s suds spot also comes with barbecue to help soak up the beer, with the Gift of Wings Grill serving up pig roasts on select Sundays throughout the summer.