‘Bees, Birdies and Beers’
Milwaukee County Parks & Mobcraft Brewery team up to create ‘Honey Driver’ collaboration beer
On Thursday, July 19, at 5pm, the limited edition ‘Honey Driver’ honey-raspberry wheat ale will be added to the beer garden’s roster of 24 craft beers. The ale was brewed at Mobcraft Brewery using honey from beehives on Milwaukee County Golf Courses.
Guy Smith, Director of Milwaukee County Parks, said: “Our golf and concessions teams have been buzzing about this collaboration project for a while and have been involved at every step, from processing the honey to brewing the beer. ‘Honey Driver’ is a great example of how something that began as a sustainability project on the golf courses can have multiple benefits.”
As well as tending to the golf course turf, parks staff have been doubling as beekeepers for the past several years. Beehives were installed at Dretzka Park, Brown Deer Park, Oakwood Park and Currie Park golf courses to help pollinate wildflowers and native plants. Earlier this year ‘Beevangelist’ Charlie Koenen assisted with processing the honey, which was then delivered to Mobcraft brewery to add to a batch of their wheat ale.
The limited edition beer will be available exclusively at Whitnall Park Beer Garden. The permanent beer garden at 8831 North Root River Parkway, Greendale is open 4-10pm Wed-Fri and 11am-10pm on weekends. The beer will cost $7.50 for pints and $6.50 for refills.
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The Milwaukee County Parks operated beer garden will feature craft beers from Good City Brewing, MKE brewing and Third Space Brewing.