GREENDALE - Whitnall Park will now house a new permanent beer garden this summer at 8831 North Root River Parkway.

The feature was unveiled Friday, May 5, with a grand opening that included live music and free beer from the ceremonial keg tapping. The Whitnall Park beer garden will be open from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekends.

On Fridays and Saturdays for the rest of the season, the park will continue to host live music and food along with 24 craft beers and other non-alcoholic beverages.  The beer garden's lineup will include two beer trucks: one offering Sprecher beer and hard sodas and one featuring brews from Lakefront Brewery, New Glarus, Wisconsin Brewing, MKE Brewing, Brenner Brewing, Bells, Founders and Leinenkugel.

And there's more than beverages on hand. Available food will include hot dogs, burgers, pizza, ice cream, and soft pretzels from the Milwaukee Pretzel Company. Each month will also feature a special Sunday pig roast with live music.

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“Whitnall Park has always been one of the most popular stops for the Traveling Beer Garden over the past few years, and we saw great crowds for a pop-up beer garden in the middle of February," Milwaukee County Parks Director John Dargle said in a press release. "Transforming this site into a permanent location was an easy decision.”

Revenue from the beer garden will go toward improving the county parks. Last winter, Whitnall was able to add a new patio area, new lighting, and new tables, thanks to funds raised from the beer garden.

Full beer and food menus, along with the live music schedule, is available online at www.mkebeergardens.com.

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