Enjoy Michigan craft beers and family fun at an urban garden in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor.

About Us

Bill’s Beer Garden had an inaugural mini-season in the fall of 2012 and we successfully opened for our first full season in 2013. It will open for the 2014 season on March 14, the start of St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Bill’s Beer Garden will operate on select days throughout the spring and six days a week in the summer, typically from 6:30 pm to 11 pm. As Downtown Home & Garden closes for the day and cars vacate the parking lot, the Beer Garden takes over. There are two open-air pavilions for seating, plus an enclosed serving pavilion. Additional seating and tables will be placed along the perimeter and scattered throughout the beer garden. Colored lights and greenery add to the festive and inviting ambiance.

The menu for Bill’s Beer Garden includes Michigan craft beer and wine. The initial beers on tap will include offerings from: Arbor Brewing CompanyBell’sDark HorseWolverine BrewingFoundersOriginal Gravity and a handful of others. The wine list features a geographically diverse selection, carefully chosen for their compatibility with a range of foods.

Food can be brought into Bill’s Beer Garden from adjacent Mark’s Carts — a collection of eight food carts serving an eclectic mix of tasty, affordable and locally sourced food. Patrons can travel between the two areas through in a corridor bisecting Downtown Home & Garden.




Bill’s Beer Garden is a collaboration between Downtown Home & Garden owner Mark Hodesh and business associate Bill Zolkowski (for whom Bill’s Beer Garden is named). Zolkowski and Hodesh have a 40-year working relationship and friendship. In 1975, when Hodesh opened the Fleetwood Diner on Ashley Street – just across Liberty from the present Downtown Home & Garden — Zolkowski worked for him as a busboy/waiter. Zolkowski has his own history as a downtown business owner; in the early 1970s he opened import shop Baobob at 328 S. Main, above what’s now Prickly Pear Restaurant. Soon thereafter he moved his store into a remodeled space at Ashley and Washington where Sweetwaters now stands. For the last three years Zolkowski served as principal of the three high schools in the Plymouth-Canton educational system; he retired in June after 18 years in public education.

Bill’s Beer Garden, together with Downtown Home & Garden and Mark’s Carts, completes a trio of businesses on Ashley Street between Liberty and Washington that anchor the western edge of downtown Ann Arbor.



Edacsac Dekoorc Eert
Dark Horse Brewing Co, Marshall
If you enjoy Crooked Tree, you must taste this single-hop variant. Crisp orange gives way to a smooth, buttery mouthfeel and flavors of mango, papaya and aged clementine.
(India Pale Ale – 6.5% ABV)

Nicie Spicie
Short’s Brewing Co, Bellaire
Move over Oberon, time for a new summer brew! Packed with citrus zest and spiced with coriander and peppercorn, this light-bodied ale is complex, crisp and refreshing.
(Wheat – 4.5% ABV)

The Hideout Brewing Co, Grand Rapids
A traditional, Bavarian-style wheat beer. Notes of clove and banana give this perfectly cloudy brew the flavor you’re searching for.
(Weiss Bier – 6.3% ABV)

The Fluffer
Kuhnhenn Brewing Co, Warren

Local’s Light
Short’s Brewing Co, Bellaire
Light pilsen malt lends a soft and subtle flavor that finishes crisp and clean. Perfect for both seasoned craft brew enthusiasts or folks new to microbrews.
(Light Lager – 4% ABV)

Sapient Trip Ale
Dark Horse Brewing Co, Marshall

Bellaire Brown
Short’s Brewing Co, Bellaire
Very dark and rich, this is a full-flavored brown ale with sweet caramel and toasted malt flavors. With an enticing aroma and dry finish, this brew is certainly a masterpiece.
(American Brown Ale – 7% ABV)

Founders Brewing Co, Grand Rapids
Silky black with a creamy tan head, the nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. Cozy like velvet, a lover not a fighter…the robust porter you deserve and expect.
(Porter – 6.5% ABV)

Wolverine State Brewing Co. Tap
Featuring a rotation of delicious, unique lagers right from Ann Arbor!

B-Craft Black
Arcadia Brewing Co, Battle Creek
The citrus-hop aroma and roasted malt flavors of coffee and chocolate are only checked by hop bitterness. Slides down as a session; yet delivers like an assassin.
(Black India Pale Ale – 8.5% ABV)

Bourbon Peach Beer
Unity Vibration, Ypsilanti – Gluten Free
Brewed with organic peaches and bourbon-soaked cedar chips then open-air fermented in oak barrels. Tastes slightly sweet, bright and fresh.
(Wild Ale – 7% ABV)

Mr. Hyde
Greenbush Brewing Co, Sawyer
Made in collaboration with SmallBar in Chicago, Bill had a taste of and we don’t know what’s become of him. Sweet, and just a little bit dark sided.
(Sumatran Cream Stout – 7.8% ABV)

Soft Parade
Short’s Brewing Co, Bellaire
Loaded with pureed strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, the rye ale is full-bodied but never too sweet.
(Fruit-Infused Rye Ale – 8% ABV)



Triple-Goddess Ginger
Unity Vibration, Ypsilanti – Gluten-Free
Kombucha beer brewed with organic, raw ginger root. Aged & open air-fermented in oak barrels. Exquisite flavors & healthy nutrients.
Organic & vegan.
(Wile Ale – 8% ABV)

Triple-Goddess Raspberry
Unity Vibration, Ypsilanti – Gluten-Free
Kombucha beer brewed with fresh raspberries then aged & open-air-fermented in oak barrels leading to flavors that are deep, complex & healthy.
Organic & vegan.
(Wild Ale – 8% ABV)

Pale Ale
Omission, Portland OR
Bold & hoppy, its floral aroma is complemented by a caramel malt body.
(Gluten-Free Pale Ale – 5.8% ABV)

Omission, Portland OR
Refreshing & crisp. An aromatic hop profile offers a unique, easy-drinking beer for those looking for a lighter & approachable beer.
(Gluten-Free Lager – 4.6% ABV)

120 N/A
Schmohz Brewing, Grand Rapids
A micro-brewed non-alcoholic malt beverage expertly crafted for conscientious consumers.
(Non-Alcoholic < 0.5% ABV)

Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City
CEO Stout (5.5% ABV)
Northern Hawk Owl (5.8% ABV)
Willpower Pale Ale (4.2% ABV)

Mt. Pleasant Brewing Co, Mt. Pleasant
Train Wreck Amber Ale (8.2% ABV)

Griffin Claw Brewing Co., Birmingham
Norm’s Raggedy Ass IPA (6.5% ABV)
Grand Trunk Bohemian Pilsner (5% ABV)

Bell’s Brewery, Inc, Kalamazoo
Two Hearted Ale (7% ABV)
Oberon (5.8% ABV)

Brewery Vivant, Grand Rapids
Triomphe IPA (6.5% ABV)

Vandermill Ciders, Spring Lake
Totally Roasted (6.8% ABV)

Uncle John’s Cider Mill, St. John’s
Apple Hard Cider (6.5% ABV)


Parducci Pinot Noir (California)

Trim Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

Tres Ojos Grenache (Spain)

Royal Old Vine Chenin Blanc (S. Africa)

Verterra Pinot Grigio (Michigan)

Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay (WA)

Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling (WA)

Based on classic Spanish sangrias, we combine red wine with brandy, triple sec & a special ingredient for a refreshing summer beverage.

Fresh Fruit Margaritas
100% agave tequila & triple sec on the rocks with fresh lime, lemon & pineapple juice.


LaCroix Sparkling Water

IZZE Sparkling Juice

Great Lakes Potato Chips

2014 Schedule


Reopening St. Patrick’s Day – 2015



218 S. Ashley St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 369-8001
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We are at the corner of W. Liberty and S. Ashley, one block west of Main Street, in downtown Ann Arbor. We are located right next to Downtown Home & Garden.

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