Graham Kilmer
MKE County

County Plans to Expand South Shore Beer Garden

County announces plans to spend $50,000 to plan and design beer garden expansion.

By - Oct 2nd, 2019 04:06 pm
This area will become part of the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

This area will become part of the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

Using some of the revenue generated at the South Shore Terrace Beer Garden, Milwaukee County plans to expand the popular lakefront space with a new addition.

Since it opened in 2015 the beer garden at the South Shore Park in Bay View has generated approximately $875,000 in revenue for the county, much appreciated money for a park system scraping by with reduced funding year after year.

In his budget, released Tuesday, County Executive Chris Abele included $50,000 for planning and design of the beer garden expansion, which county officials and local elected officials hope will generate even more revenue for the site that has proven to be a money maker.

Guy Smith, Supervisors Jason Haas and Marina Dimitrijevic. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

Guy Smith, Supervisors Jason Haas and Marina Dimitrijevic. Photo by Graham Kilmer.

Parks Director Guy Smith and County Supervisors Marina Dimitrijevic and Jason Haas held a press conference Wednesday showing off what will eventually be the beer garden addition.

The new space will take over a courtyard on the north end of the pavilion, currently used for storage. Parks Director Guy Smith said it is expected to add approximately 125 seats to the beer garden. The beer garden currently seats up to 500, with 375 seats outside and 125 inside. Smith said the project will likely occur in phases and take a couple years.

No word yet on what the space will ultimately look like, Smith said. Planners will be encouraged to be creative with the space.

In a statement released Wednesday, County Executive Chris Abele called South Shore Terrace, “A wonderful showcase for Milwaukee County’s outstanding craft beer scene.” It is owned and operated by Milwaukee County.

“If you like south shore terrace now, you will love this expansion which will bring even more revenue to the county and continue to keep south shore a regional asset for all,” Dimitrijevic said.

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5 thoughts on “MKE County: County Plans to Expand South Shore Beer Garden”

  1. Ron Hockersmith says:

    Does this imply the millercoors only beer rule is lifted? Otherwise I don’t see how it’s a showcase of the Milwaukee craft beer scene.

  2. just1paul says:

    Maybe like Miller Park, they’ve opted not to pay anymore for naming / use rights?

  3. Gordon Skare says:

    Forget the expanding of this place and spend the $50M on the transit system, it needs it so much more then here!

  4. Dave Reid says:

    Gordon The county is spending $50,000 not 50 million on this project.

  5. Gordon Skare says:

    Dave, the Roman numeral for 1000 is the M, for 1 million its M with a line above it.

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