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The Caledonia-Mt. Pleasant Joint Park Commission OK’d the first craft beer garden in Racine County, which is set to open Thursday. Hop Heads Hospitality and Events has announced plans to have its beer garden in Picnic Area No. 3 in Franksville Memorial Park.

The beer garden will be open weekends during the summer, with its final weekend of operation sometime in October.

The beer garden will have 12 craft beers on tap, with a rotating selection, all from Wisconsin breweries. Wine, cider and non-alcoholic beverages, including Sprecher Root Beer, will also be available. Food trucks will be on hand to provide food throughout the summer, but patrons will be encouraged to bring their own food, including from local restaurants.

“We hope the community will embrace the opportunity to pull up a seat next to new friends and reconnect with old ones,” said Hop Heads Hospitality & Events co-owner Ken Michel Jr. The Beer Garden will host special events and themed days throughout the summer.

The season will culminate September 28-30 with an Oktoberfest celebration, featuring live music, events, and specialty beers for the occasion. Other community events planned include bags leagues, yoga, live music, teacher appreciation day, salutes to police & firefighters and charity events.

Patrons or local businesses who might want to put their mark on the beer garden from day one can sponsor picnic tables that will become part of the beer garden and park. Details can be found at

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Do you commute? We’ve got updates on the road construction on Interstate 94 in Racine County and Douglas Avenue.

Also, if you are looking for summer fun, check out Kraut Music Fest, which is set for June 8, 9, and 10.

Rex Davenport

Rex Davenport is a reporter, editor and editorial project manager with more than 40 years of experience in newspaper, business magazines and other content channels.