Only in Wisconsin? Family Trip to a Beer Garden

As I mentioned in my post “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” we dig Oktoberfest beer, so when my sister-in-law suggested we check out one local beer garden, we couldn’t refuse. Since the beer garden – or Bier Garten auf Deutsch – is in a park and next to a kid’s playground, we decided to make it a family picnic.

We broke out the big beer glass I bought from Oktoberfest more than ten years ago.  Here’s Daddy O. showing his excitement!

Holding beer stein

At the bier garten, I split a half-liter with my sister-in-law, and Daddy O. opted for a full liter of dark beer.  Apparently it is shipped from Hofbrauhaus Munich, and it was quite good.  We also shared a big pretzel (complete with three cheese blend spread), bratwurst, quark (type of cheese), fruit, and sandwiches for the kids. It was so fun to dine and drink on a beautiful, autumn day!

Bier Garten sign

Isn’t this the best sign?

After lunch, the kids played on the playground, leaving Daddy O. to finish his liter while sitting on a park bench.  A polka band with an amazing tuba player and authentic German beer hall songs made our afternoon outing even more perfect.  I think it’s impossible NOT to be happy when you hear a polka (but maybe that’s just me?)!

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Initially, we felt a little crazy for bringing our kids to a beer garden, but it really was a lovely day!  Living in Wisconsin, adults can bring their underage children to bars, so why not a beer garden too?! Cheers / Prost!

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8 thoughts on “Only in Wisconsin? Family Trip to a Beer Garden

  1. That looks like such a fun place and what a fantastic day it looks like! I sometimes feel strange about taking the kids anywhere “pub-ish” but if it’s a cute, German-inspired beer garden? I’d be okay with that!

  2. In the UK having a pub lunch with the kids is perfectly acceptable 🙂 Lots of pubs that sell food are family friendly, have family ‘areas’ and play equipment. It’s a relaxed and informal environment, and quite a nice way to spend a Sunday lunch with friends! Your day sounds lovely 🙂

    • That’s really wonderful! You reminded me of the designated family areas – I noticed that when I visited my friend Amy in England. I think I need to change the title of my post now!

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