Featured Partner: Petrifying Springs Biergarten

7/3/2018 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Family-Friendly, Featured Partner, Foodie, Nightlife, Sports & Outdoors
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest

In 1927, the Kenosha County Parks Commission was founded. Today, there are eight parks in the county parks system with Petrifying Springs Park being the oldest one. Located at 5555 7th Street (Highway 31 and Highway A), the park encompasses 350 acres. Park visitors can hike, bike, golf, sled, cross country ski, or snowshoe. There are streams and rivers, picnic areas, playgrounds, volleyball courts, softball diamonds, an artesian well, and an off-leash dog park called the Carlisle Family Dog Park. And that’s not all! It was at Petrifying Springs Park in 2017 that a beer garden was introduced at a Kenosha County park for the first time. Named the Petrifying Springs Biergarten, it’s a public-private partnership comprised of the county and a vendor that is open seasonally.

The vendor is Petrifying Springs Biergarten LLC – which is a business partnership formed by Mike Grab and Tony DeBartolo. Both are experienced when it comes to the restaurant/beverage industry. Mike was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin, and shares he has “been in the restaurant business since I was 14, and have owned and operated restaurants.” Tony was born and raised in Kenosha and “grew up in the industry” with his parents owning a local establishment; he’s now a regional sales manager for a food company.

How did the Biergarten come to be? Mike explains: “First I approached my partner Tony about the idea and took him to a couple beer gardens to get his thoughts and he loved the idea. Shortly after we put together a business plan and approached the county with the concept and presented it to the (county) board. We recognized the growth southeastern Wisconsin is having not only on a larger scale but right within the community of Kenosha and really believed Kenoshans were looking for something different and unique.”

They have a five-year lease agreement with Kenosha County; there’s an option to renew. “The county receives a percentage of our gross sales which is then put back in to the county park system,” Mike shares. He and Tony made more than $130,000 in improvements to convert an existing picnic shelter into a traditional German-style Biergarten. According to Mike, they opened up the interior ceiling and replaced it with large cedar rafters. A back storage room was converted into a kitchen. All new electrical and plumbing were installed throughout the structure. A permanent bar structure was built on the outside of the building for service and an outdoor seating area was created by replacing a portion of the exterior landscape with crushed gravel.

The Biergarten offers a family-friendly environment, seven days a week (weather permitting), in a beautiful park setting. “We provide an authentic German beer garden feeling right within a local community. We have daily events including live music on Saturdays evenings,” Mike shares. Meanwhile, Monday is Beer Flight Night, a kickball league plays on Tuesdays and Thursdays, team trivia night is Wednesday, movie night is Friday, yoga takes place on Saturday mornings, and Sundays are Family Day with family painting and other activities. Special events including an Oktoberfest weekend in September with live German music, a stein holding contest, and more.

The Petrifying Springs Biergarten’s menu includes:

  • 5 varieties of beers from Hacker-Pschorr Brewery in Munich, Germany
  • Local craft beers and wine
  • Sausages made from Brossman’s in neighboring Racine
  • Bavarian Pretzels from The Milwaukee Pretzel Company “served with our Famous Wisconsin Obatzda – our unique take on a German favorite” 
  • Wisconsin Pretzel Board – “which is our Bavarian pretzel served with Wisconsin cheese curds and snack sausages from Wisconsin”
  • Other snacks and non-alcoholic beverages

Of note: Indoor and outdoor seating are available. It’s cash only, with an ATM on site. There’s a $5 stein deposit when you purchase your beer, “which is refunded when you return your stein inside after enjoying your beer,” Mike shares. 

The Petrifying Springs Biergarten is located at Pavilion Shelter #1, at the southern entrance (at County Highway JR) of the park. It’s open daily from Memorial Day through about October: Monday through Saturday, 12 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 12 to 8 p.m. Dogs are welcome.

When looking to participate in a fun outdoor activity like kickball or yoga – or to relax around a fire pit with a beer and Bavarian Pretzel, check out the Petrifying Springs Biergarten!

July 2018




Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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