Traveling Beer Gardens Return to Milwaukee Parks | Wisconsin News

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mobile beer gardens will be back in Milwaukee parks starting in May.

Two fire trucks serving beer, brats, hot dogs and pretzels will start making their rounds on May 11 in Juneau Park and on May 25 in Froemming Park.

WDJT-TV reported Friday that the trucks will visit 10 parks before Labor Day.

Milwaukee County Parks Director Guy Smith says that in 2021 the trucks served 55,000 pints of beer, 2,000 root beer floats, 7,700 brats and hot dogs and 4,500 pretzels. All revenue goes toward improving the parks.

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Capitol rioter Thomas Paul Conover arrested after bragging about drinking beer in Capitol on Jan. 6

In the weeks leading up to the riot, Conover echoed Trump’s false claims of a stolen election on social media, authorities say. The defendant, who is known as Paul Conover, decided last December to travel to Washington, prosecutors say, after a friend convinced him that he should help “take our country back.”

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Travel Magazine says Hood River is among 20 best beer towns in U.S.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland, Eugene and Bend are filled with craft breweries for beer lovers. But Travel Magazine says another Oregon city, Hood River, shouldn’t be overlooked. 

In an article published Tuesday, Travel Magazine said Hood River is among the 20 best beer towns in the United States. The city, which is situated along the Columbia River east of Portland, was recognized for breweries that are “well oiled machines pumping out quality beer,” according to the article. 

Hood River was the 19th city on the list and the magazine said its highlights include Full Sail Brewing Co., pFriem Family Brewers, and Double Mountain Brewery & Cidery. 

The article also mentioned how Hood River has a hard kombucha brewery and hosts the Hood River Hops Fest every October. 

Sunnyside, Washington also made the list. The magazine said the city is home to Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant and Varietal Beer Co.  

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8 great bike ride routes in search of food and beer around Philadelphia | Business

PHILADELPHIA — Cruising around by bike on a warm summer day is a quintessential Philly activity. Philadelphia consistently ranks among the top bike-friendly cities in the United States and is also home to several trails that are almost entirely traffic-free, making it easy to explore the area on two wheels.

If you need a little extra motivation to get those legs moving, few better incentives exist than pizza and beer. We’ve outlined multiple different routes that will take you to both breweries and brick-oven pie shops, along with rides that lead to top-notch sushi, mega New York-style deli sandwiches, and more.

All eight routes start at City Hall, an easily accessible starting point for both those in the city and those taking public transportation from the surrounding area. SEPTA’s Broad Street Line will put you right at its center, and a concourse at Suburban Station also connects to City Hall. Feel free to alter where you begin, and adapt your route as needed using Google Maps, the primary source for each route. (Note: The directions to Sagami Japanese Restaurant slightly stray from Google Maps; see below.)

All routes either run primarily along bike lanes or the Schuylkill River Trail, a 30-mile, tree-lined path that goes from Center City through Valley Forge National Historical Park. Each destination is also at least 12 miles round trip (or roughly a minimum of an hour-long ride), giving you time to work up an appetite. If you really want to work for your reward, opt for the Sly Fox Brewery route, a 62-mile ride that invites you to conquer the entire Schuylkill River Trail.

What to bring: Sunscreen and water are a must. A patch kit and extra tire tube are also highly recommended in case you get a flat. For destinations that aren’t right off the Schuylkill River Trail, consider bringing a Bluetooth portable wireless speaker to stream GPS directions via a smartphone. It’ll eliminate the need to stop every five minutes to look at directions. You might also want to bring a phone charger or portable battery. And, while all destinations lead to food and drinks, packing a snack is encouraged for all longer rides.

If you get tired: Whether your legs are feeling fatigued or you drank more than one beer at the brewery, public transportation options are within reach of most of the destinations listed below. For rides off of the Schuylkill River Trail, the Manayunk/Norristown Line of SEPTA’s regional rail and the SEPTA DeKalb Street station on the Norristown High Speed Line are both options on each route. Another pro tip: SEPTA buses are equipped with a bike rack. PATCO is also an option for rides into New Jersey, and during worst-case situations, most UberXL’s will allow you to bring your bike on board.

In Riva

Length: 12 miles round trip

4116 Ridge Ave, 215-438-4848,

Once you navigate your way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a straight shot down the Schuylkill River Trail lands you at In Riva where the bike rack is always packed. The spot serves as an easy destination for grabbing a cold beer or a glass of wine and a Neapolitan-style pizza, always encircled by a fresh oven-charred crust. Just over 30 minutes away from City Hall, the ride is totally doable, and is the best option for new bikers. This is also a great option for those renting a bike via Philly’s bike-share program Indego, with multiple Indego stations located by City Hall and also near the Philadelphia Museum of Art at 2601 Pennsylvania Ave. and 2170 Hamilton St.

Bonus stop: Philadelphia Rock Gym

3500 Scotts Lane B-3, 877-822-7673,

Given this trip is the shortest on the list, perhaps you’ll have some energy to spare pre- or post-pizza. If so, hit up the nearby rock-climbing gym for a quick climb or bouldering session. Just a half mile from In Riva, the 14,000-square-foot Philadelphia Rock Gym welcomes you to keep the physical fun going with over 90 routes to conquer.

Sagami Japanese Restaurant

Length: 12 miles round trip

37 W. Crescent Blvd., Collingswood, 856-854-9773,

Sagami is a Collingswood staple for scoring simple and extremely fresh sushi preparations. While the sashimi is a must-order, the non-sushi items on this BYOB’s menu, like the sukiyaki, receive consistently high reviews, too. Forget commuting by car and pedal your way along the scenic Ben Franklin Bridge pedestrian walkway instead. The pathway (which is currently closed for construction on the south side but accessible via the north side) is built up above traffic and offers incredible Delaware River and cityscape views. Note: On Saturdays and Sundays, Sagami is only open for dinner, which can make cycling home a little tricky. The Ben Franklin Bridge pedestrian walkway closes at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 to April 30 and at 9 p.m. May 1 to Sept. 30. Plan accordingly, or carry your bike onto PATCO at the nearby Ferry Avenue station — which conveniently has an elevator — if you finish up dinner post-closing time. Note: A slightly altered route from what Google Maps instructs from City Hall is suggested. Find the revised route here.

Bonus stop: Knight Park

Park Avenue & West Browning Road, Collingswood, 856-854-0720,

Before hopping back on your bike for the six-mile ride home, work off some of that sushi at the nearby Knight Park. The 70-acre Collingswood gem features a massive playground, as well as a pond and other picturesque scenes surrounded by walking paths.


Length: 15 miles round trip

342 Montgomery Ave., Merion, 610-668-3354,

Sandwiches piled high with corned beef, lox, pastrami and other New York-style deli delights await at Merion’s Hymie’s. Be sure to bring a backpack, as you may want to stash half your sandwich for later to save room for one of the spot’s extra thick milkshakes or to enjoy at the bonus stop listed below. You definitely won’t want to miss the self-serve pickle bar. We recommend saving the trip to Hymie’s for a Saturday or Sunday, the days when our bonus stop is open and when a four-mile stretch of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive closes to vehicular traffic from April through October, allowing you to bike this section of the Hymie’s route on the street. You can take the Schuylkill River Trail on weekdays, but the trail on this side of the river can be quite bumpy in areas, so be prepared to ride a little slower.

Bonus stop: Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation

300 N. Latches Lane, Merion, 215-278-7350,

Open on the weekends (May through Labor Day), the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation is less than a five-minute ride from Hymie’s. The 12-acre grounds — the former location of the Barnes Foundation — is currently home to a horticulture school and a vast array of plants to peruse and admire.

Manayunk Brewing Company

Length: 15 miles round trip

4120 Main St., 215-482-8220,

Kick off those sneakers for a few and relax with a beer on Manayunk Brewing Company’s spacious deck, offering scenic views that overlook the Schuylkill. Beyond brews made on-site, the microbrewery serves up burgers, nachos, pizza, and other salty eats to pair with a pint of your choosing. The ride here is easy, as the route follows the Schuylkill River Trail nearly the entire way. The main navigational challenge comes at the end, when you’ll need to cycle through a small stretch of both Ridge Avenue and Main Street. At this point, the 0.8 miles to your final destination is lined by sidewalks, allowing you to hop off the street and walk your bike if at any point you feel uncomfortable.

Bonus stop: Main Street

4100-4500 Main Street,

Surrounding Manayunk Brewery, more than 60 shops, restaurants, and galleries fill a half-mile stretch of Main Street. Stroll the sidewalks and pop into the boutiques that catch your eye before finishing with an ice cream cone at Chloe’s Corner.

Tired Hands Fermentaria

Length: 18 miles round trip

35 Cricket Terrace, Ardmore, 484-413-2983,

Tacos and a dozen different taps bring reason take a ride out to Ardmore, where Tired Hands Fermentaria awaits with its signature, hazy HopHands pale ale and other intriguing options from the husband-wife duo-owned brewery. The route to get there crosses through West Philly, up into Haddington and through Penn Wynne, with bike lanes available most of the way. Take note: This ride does include a few hills, so be prepared to work for the beer that awaits ahead. Although, clocking in under 20 miles, the trip is not one to fear.

Bonus stop: Green Engine Coffee Co.

16 Haverford Station Rd., Haverford,

Whether you prefer coffee to beer or are simply looking for a pick-me-up before hopping back on your bike, Green Engine Coffee Co. awaits just less than a mile from Tired Hands. Beyond caffeinated drinks, the spot also serves up a rotating selection of Capogiro gelato, the perfect pairing for an afternoon espresso.

Valley Green Inn

Length: 21 miles round trip

Valley Green Road, 215-247-1730,

For those with hybrid or mountain bikes, the 5.35-mile Forbidden Drive offers a beautiful cycling escape from noisy city streets. The gravel path parallels the Wissahickon Creek and is also home to Valley Green Inn, where berry French toast, chicken and waffles, crab cake avocado BLTs, and other brunch-time eats welcome you on the weekends. (Lunch and dinner are available seven days a week). To venture to Forbidden Drive, you’ll take the Schuylkill River Trail past Falls Bridge until you hit Ridge Avenue (just before Manayunk). Here, you’ll see the Wissahickon Transportation Center, where SEPTA buses travel in and out. This is where you’ll cross the street to pick up the Wissahickon Bike Trail, a small trail that connects to a parking lot at the trailhead of Forbidden Drive. Take Forbidden Drive for about three miles, and you’ll spot the historic Valley Green Inn, often hosting guests on its spacious front porch.

Bonus stop: Wissahickon Valley Park

Valley Green Road,

Surrounding Valley Green Inn is Wissahickon Valley Park, offering more than 50 miles of trail to explore by foot. Lock up your bike to head out for a hike, or if you possess a mountain bike and an adventurous spirit, explore the woods on two wheels.

The Schuylkill River Trail, a 30-mile, tree-lined path that goes from Center City through Valley Forge National Historical Park, provides a great traffic-free bike lane for reaching multiple breweries and food destinations.

Conshohocken Brewing

Length: 26.5 miles round trip

739 E. Elm St., Conshohocken, 610-897-8962,

Smack on the Schuylkill River Trail, the Conshohocken Brewery ride is one of the most pleasant on the list for those seeking to pedal for a little longer than an hour. The entire route is a trail ride, excluding the small stretch of Ridge Avenue and Main Street that you also navigate on the Manayunk Brewery ride. In fact, you’ll pass right by the Manayunk Brewery, after which you’ll quickly hang a left onto Lock Street, a small thoroughfare that brings you from Main Street back to the trail. Here, you’ll continue on for just another 5 miles or so, finding the Conshohocken Brewery on your right with a bike rack and tire-pumping station sitting out front. While the spot serves food, the menu is limited, so consider hitting up Manayunk before or after enjoying a Conshohocken brew.

Bonus stop: REI Conshohocken

200 Ridge Pike, Ste. 115, Conshohocken, 610-940-0809,

Realizing you’d rather be wearing bike shorts than running shorts after the 13-mile ride to the brewery? Head up to REI’s Conshohocken location, just two miles away, to shop for all of the bike gear and outdoor gadgets you could ever want.

Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery

Length: 62 miles round trip

520 Kimberton Rd., Phoenixville, 610-935-4540,

Ready to take on a longer ride? Just over 30 miles from the city’s center, Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery presents the perfect excuse to spend the afternoon cycling in search of beer. Most of the route is traffic-free, running along the Schuylkill River Trail, through Valley Forge, until you hit the trail’s end at Port Providence. From there, it’s just another 4 miles to the brewery. The final stretch is composed of roads that don’t contain bike lanes, so just be extra aware of your surroundings as you power through to the end. Beyond a selection of beers only available at the brewery, sandwiches and other bar fare await to help you refuel. For those who can’t fathom the return trip after chowing down, the Norristown High Speed Line’s DeKalb Street station is just 14 miles away in Bridgeport. It’s located right along the route home, visible from the Schuylkill River Trail.

Bonus stop: Valley Forge National Historical Park

(1400 North Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia,

You’ll pass right through Valley Forge on your way to Sly Fox, so use it as a greenery-filled destination to take a break and enjoy a snack. The park is around the 23rd mile of this route.

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Send us a tip on a UK pub beer garden for the chance to win a £200 holiday voucher | Travel

“The great surprise of the Moon Under Water is its garden. You go through a narrow passage leading out of the saloon, and find yourself in a fairly large garden with plane trees, under which there are little green tables with iron chairs round them. Up at one end of the garden there are swings and a chute for the children. On summer evenings there are family parties, and you sit under the plane trees having beer or draught cider to the tune of delighted squeals from children going down the chute.”

George Orwell was writing about his idealised pub in 1946, after emerging from the darkness of the second word war. And many of us have been dreaming about similar sunny scenarios after being in lockdown since November. But it won’t be long before dreams become realities, so we’d like you to tell us about your favourite beer gardens across the UK where you’re looking forward to meeting up with friends and family again.

If you have a relevant photo, do send it in – but it’s your words that will be judged for the competition.

Keep your tip to about 100 words. The best tips will appear on the Guardian Travel website, and maybe in the paper, too.

The best tip of the week, chosen by travel expert Tom Hall, will win a £200 voucher for a stay at a Sawday’s property – the company has more than 3,000 in the UK and Europe.

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The competition closes on 30 March at 9am BST

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The latestcraft beer, cider and wine scene? Find it on Ontario’s West Coast

Huron County’s large sandy beaches and opportunities for outdoorsy fun have long been a tourist draw. But in recent years, the area nicknamed Ontario’s West Coast has also become an increasingly popular food and drink destination: The county now has more than a dozen wineries, cideries and breweries, speckling farmlands along the Lake Huron coastline.

One buzzy upstart, East Street Cider Co., is known for its creative yet approachable drinks, made with 100 per cent Ontario apples. Past seasonal flavours have included watermelon mint and sugar plum spice. “We try to release a new cider every few months, utilizing interesting, new flavours, blends and botanicals we think everyone can enjoy, even if you’re not a ‘cider drinker,’” says co-founder David Aylward. The company has a bottle shop in downtown Goderich and plans to open a tasting room this summer.

As small business owners, Aylward and co-founder Ellen McManus are deeply enthusiastic about the county’s many beer and wine attractions, old and new. Aylward moved to Goderich in 2017, but McManus grew up and has deep roots here — in fact, the historic Runciman Foundry building that houses their cidery has been owned by her family since the 1950s.

Here are the duo’s top picks for visitors looking to sample the local scene. (All are shoppable online, too, while travel restrictions are in place.)

Huron County's cold climate and clay loam soils shape Maelstrom Winery's reds and whites.

The wine-and-cheese experience: Maelström Winery (78925 Sanctuary Line, Seaforth)

This established family-owned winery between Seaforth and Clinton has a beautiful, new tasting room and offers great cheese platters featuring local products, says McManus. “They’ve got a pretty good mix of wines I think most people could enjoy,” says Aylward, who recommends the Petite Pearl and Cabernet Franc reds.

With its sprawling 120-acre property, Cowbell Brewing Co. is the region's destination brewery.

The destination brewery: Cowbell Brewing (40035 Blyth Rd., Blyth)

Considered the region’s destination brewery, Cowbell is the one best-known to many visitors. At the spectacular 120-acre property, there’s a retail store and a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor seating, and visitors can do an interactive, self-guided brewery tour. Insider tip: Try Cowbell’s small-batch Renegade series, which is harder to find elsewhere. “They have these more exclusive, one-off, limited-release beers they often only showcase at the brewery,” explains Aylward.

River Road Brewing & Hops grows its own hops on an orchard-turned-farm.

The under-the-radar pick: River Road Brewing & Hops (35449 Bayfield River Rd., Bayfield)

At this sustainably minded, small-batch brewery, visitors can explore the grounds of this one-time orchard and see the animals, with a malty blond ale (the flagship beer) in hand. “It’s a really cool farm where they grow their own hops,” says McManus. “They have Highland cattle, sheep and donkeys. It’s almost like a petting zoo.” Time your trip right, and there may even be live music or a visiting food truck.

The local innovator: Half Hours on Earth (151 Main St. S., Seaforth)

Half Hours on Earth describes itself as the first brewery in Huron County and the first certified carbon-neutral brewery in Canada. “They’re probably one of the best, most eclectic breweries in Ontario,” says Aylward. “They’re always coming out with new beers, sours and barrel-aged stuff.” Retail pickup is on temporary pause, but Ontario-wide delivery is available.

The Star understands the restrictions on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. But like you, we dream of travelling again, and we’re publishing this story with future trips in mind.



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