Beer Gardens Back at Pere Marquette
It was off after Sue Black's firing. Now it's back on.
The pop-up beer garden at Pere Marquette Park will continue, despite the absence of Sue Black. The first scheduled beer garden ran last Friday, the day after Black was let go from her post as Milwaukee County Parks Director. Despite the schedule running through the end of September, the belief was that this first Pere Marquette beer garden would also be the last following the Black firing. That is, however, not to be the case with the beer gardens now scheduled to run through early October.
The reason for the now-temporary cancellation? According to the Westown Association, “our permits for the remaining events after August 17th weren’t finalized when the leadership transition at Milwaukee County took place.”
A partnership between the Old German Beer Hall, Westown Association, and Milwaukee County Parks, the Munich-style beer gardens will take place from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday’s through October 5th at Pere Marquette Park. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks, but alcohol carry-ins are not allowed.
UPDATE: Brendan Conway, Communications Manager for Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, called to note that when the Westown Association announced the initial beer garden as well as the full schedule on Monday, August 13th, there was actually not an agreement in place with Milwaukee County for the additional gardens. Conway stated that this had nothing to do with the August 16th departure of Sue Black, and the correlation was “inconvenient timing.”