Popularized in 19th century Bavaria, Wisconsin’s German heritage shines through in its many beer gardens throughout the state. With craft brews, scenic views and good company, what better way to spend cozy fall days together than at these special spots?
Estabrook Beer Garden – Milwaukee
Established in 2012 as the first public beer garden in America in more than 100 years, Estabrook Beer Garden Park melds German flare with Wisconsin charm. Resting on a bluff overlooking a waterfall and the Milwaukee River, Estabrook Park is a lush public meeting space and an essential spot for nature lovers and beer lovers alike. Come take a walk with friends, grab a Munich-import in a ½ liter glass and enjoy the fall splendor at one of Wisconsin’s most unique public hangouts.
Memorial Union Terrace – Madison
Known for its brightly colored chairs and picturesque lakefront setting, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Memorial Union Terrace is possibly Wisconsin’s most famous beer garden. If you’re into live music, local brews and a beautiful view of Lake Mendota, this is the perfect place to spend a fall day with loved ones. Snack on cheese curds, catch a set from a great local or touring band and split a pitcher of Wisconsin beer with friends for the perfect outing.
Capital Brewery – Middleton
Hand-crafted beers, live entertainment and the company of your friends, family and dogs are some of the simple pleasures Capital Brewery offers. A spacious patio attached to Capital’s beer-making facility, the biergarten is perfect for relaxing with friends and family. Follow their social media pages to see when tasty food trucks are stopping by or carry-in from any of the local restaurants nearby for extra fun at this downtown Middleton staple.
Otto’s Beer and Brat Garden – Minocqua
An old German-style beer hall, Otto’s in the Wisconsin Northwoods is equipped with a menu of eighty brews, a slew of delicious sausages and of course a beer garden! With suits of armor, buffalo heads and beer steins adorning the hall and a spacious patio to enjoy a pint, conversation and the fresh fall air, make sure Otto’s isn’t the last call on your beer-friendly Wisconsin trip.
Stone Arch Brewpub – Appleton
A gem of the Fox Valley, Stone Arch pairs a rustic underground vault with an open-air beer garden that’ll keep you relaxed and happy into the fall. With a vine-wrapped brick setting and a series of craft beers to choose from, Stone Arch presents a beer garden vibe all its own. Plus, by promoting sustainability practices and showcasing a plethora of local food options on its menu, Stone Arch takes community ideals to the next level—with delicious results.
Leinie Lodge – Chippewa Falls
This historic brewery started by German immigrants has been in businesses for over 150 years and six generations. Visit the rustic Leine Lodge at the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company with friends (and your pup!) to sip seasonal flavors like Oktoberfest in the beer garden and take in the surrounding views of vibrant fall color and Duncan Creek. With visiting food trucks, live music, yard games and more, this is the perfect spot to enjoy autumn with your favorite people.
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