Birdies and Beers

This past weekend, I attended the Symetra Tour’s Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Classic at the Brown Deer Golf Course. It was a fantastic day, complete with beautiful weather, a burst of up-and-coming talent on the course and Sprecher’s Traveling Beer Garden (pop-up).

My boyfriend and I stopped at the beer garden first, where I ordered a pint of Hefe Weiss. I’ll admit, I was a tad disappointed Sprecher’s hard root beer wasn’t on tap, but I’m never opposed to trying something new. I’m a fan of light beers, so I enjoyed this brew. Then, after sitting down at a table near the practice putting green for a few minutes, we linked up with a group that was about to tee off.

Admittedly, we weren’t as prepared as we would have liked. We hadn’t been able to find a sheet with all of the groups and their tee times, so we were improvising as we went. Luckily, though, the group we approached happened to include Casey Danielson, a recent Stanford grad and Osceola, Wi., native. As a burgeoning golf fan and player, I thought it was so great seeing the excitement swelling around this particular group, with Danielson’s friends and family members cheering her on. Danielson ended up finishing tied for 14th in the Classic, and I can’t wait to see her name at more tournaments soon… and I also can’t wait to take a swing at the Brown Deer Golf Course later this season!

Back to the brews.

If you haven’t checked out any beer gardens, permanent or traveling, within Milwaukee County, you’re missing out. You don’t even have to drink or like beer to get something out of the beer gardens. In this case, not only did Sprecher sell its famous root beer, but brats were also grilling right next to the truck.


Or, take Estabrook Park, for example. The beer garden is stationed just feet away from the Milwaukee River, and check out that sunset I snapped a picture of… isn’t it GORGEOUS?! And don’t even get me started on the giant fresh baked pretzel I’ve ordered there. It’s an absolute must. Oh, and I haven’t even gotten to the headlining act at Estabrook on Fridays: Fish fry and polka music. The beer gardens are a blast, whether they’re your first stop or only stop.


Interested in seeing what it’s all about? Check out the lists below of permanent and traveling gardens for the remainder of the summer.


Roll out the Barrel Tour

  • August 9 – September 4: Doctors Park

Pass Me the Pint Tour

  • August 9 – August 20: Greene Park
  • August 23 – September 4: Bender Park

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