Beer garden with new stage to open Saturday

By 
KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM
Ozaukee Press staff

The Port Washington beer garden will premiere this weekend with a new amenity — a stage for the bands that perform during the events.

This weekend’s garden, which will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., will be hosted by the Port Washington Food Pantry.

As in the past, the beer garden is hosted by a different civic or community group every Saturday, so visitors will find a different variety of beers and foods every week along with the stunning lake views the park is known for.

Those attending may bring their own steins and picnic foods if they wish.

A decorative wood-and-metal archway denotes the entrance to the beer garden on the southwest side of the park, and a pavilion provides shelter for those attending.

The open-air stage was built of wood with ledgestone accents and complements the beer garden pavilion.

It was funded in large part by Be3, a local fitness and networking group for women, and the Port Lions Club.

The stage and is the latest improvement for the beer garden, which began five years ago.

As the event has grown, significant improvements have been made to the area, adding such amenities as an archway, paths and improved restrooms.

The stage is an amenity that’s needed, Recreation Director Kiley Schulte said, noting bands would often set up in the beer garden pavilion.

“Sometimes you would be boomed out of there,” she said. “It would be too loud to sit and enjoy the music.”

The beer garden is a fitting event in a city that once was home to Premo beer, which famously proclaimed itself “The Beer That Made Milwaukee Furious.”

This is the sixth season for Port’s beer garden, held in Upper Lake Park every Saturday from July 6 through Oct. 19 — except July 20, Fish Day — from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

The hosting groups include: Shipwreck Education and Preservation Alliance on July 13, Port Main Street Inc. on July 27, Stars and Stripes Legacy Group on Aug. 3, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7588 on Aug. 10, Be3 on Aug. 17, the Lions Club on Aug. 24, Kiwanis Club on Aug.31, United Way of Northern Ozaukee on Sept. 7, Rotary Club on Sept. 14, the Firefighters and EMS Association on Sept. 21, Friends of Parks and Recreation on Sept. 28, St. John XXIII Men’s Club on Oct. 5, Port Environmental Planning Committee on Oct. 12 and the Port Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 19.

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