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 5 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.



Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire

This bold beer has an aroma dominated by grapefruit and fruity ale yeast esters. Initial sweetness is low, then fruity and floral hop qualities dominate and the finish is an electrifying hop shock to the mouth.
(American IPA – 5.7% ABV)

Greenbush Brewing Company, Sawyer

A stoutish-porter with a touch of porter-ish stout – this dry porter blurs the lines. Strong roast character with coffee and chocolate flavors.
(Porter – 7.2% ABV)

Premium Lager
Wolverine State Brewing Company, Ann Arbor

Easy-drinking, smooth lager beer. A true everyday beer with malt flavor and a crisp finish.
(American Pale Lager – 4.8% ABV)

Kalamazoo Urban Assault Pale Ale
Paw Paw Brewing Company, Paw Paw

Tropical citrus notes with a golden color and wonderful aroma. This pale ale contains a hefty dose of pale malt that gives it a full flavor for a well-balanced experience.
(American Pale Ale – 6.3% ABV)

Edward’s Portly Brown
Witch’s Hat Brewing, South Lyon

Roasty and chocolate-y with a smooth finish. 5% of sales benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley.
(American Brown Ale – 5.5% ABV)

Bell’s Brewery, Inc, Kalamazoo

A Michigan summer staple. This smooth wheat ale fermented with Bell’s house yeast mixes a spicy hot character with mildly fruity aromas.
(Wheat Ale – 5.8% ABV)

Red’s Rye IPA
Founder’s Brewing Company, Grand Rapids

Malty richness of Belgian caramel malts balanced with serious hop bitterness and a grapefruit aroma. Spicy, crisp finish.
(India Pale Ale – 6.6% ABV)

Mr. Delicious
Arbor Brewing Company, Ann Arbor

Leads off with a round-house punch of citrusy hops, follows up with a quick kick of bread malts and warming alcohol, then finishes with a powerful and lingering bite of complex layered hops.
(Imperial India Pale Ale – 9% ABV)

Northern Hawk Owl
Right Brain Brewery, Traverse City

Medium-bodied, with a lovely red hue and malty nose. Packed with notes of caramel and toffee, then finishes clean.
(Amber Ale – 5.8% ABV)

Dragon’s Milk
New Holland Brewing Company, Holland

Roasty malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones, all dancing in an oak bath.
(Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout – 10% ABV)

Final Absolution
Dragonmead Microbrewery, Warren

The ultimate Belgian. Banana and clove aromas with a generous dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. Saaz hops give this smooth beer its balanced bitterness.
(Belgian Tripel – 8.5% ABV)

Bourbon Peach Kombucha Beer
Unity Vibration, Ypsilanti

Kombucha beer brewed with organic peaches and bourbon-soaked cedar chips then open-air fermented in oak barrels. Tastes slightly sweet, bright and fresh. Vegan and gluten-free.
(Kombucha Beer – 7% ABV)


Centennial IPA
Founder’s Brewing Company, Grand Rapids

(American India Pale Ale – 7.2% ABV)

Java Chip Mint Stout
OddSide Ales, Grand Haven

(American Stout – 6% ABV)

Plead The 5th
Dark Horse Brewing Co, Marshall

(Imperial Stout – 11% ABV)

Strawberry Blonde
Arbor Brewing Company, Ann Arbor

(Blonde – 7.7% ABV)

Gulo Gulo
Wolvering State Brewing, Ann Arbor

(India Pale Lager – 6.7% ABV)

Bludgeon Yer Eye
Short’s Brewing Company, Bellaire

(Black IPA – 6.2% ABV)


Omission Pale Ale
Gluten-Free Beer, Portland OR

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

Omission Lager
Gluten-Free Beer, Portland OR

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

Einbecker Alcohol-Free
Einbecker Brauhaus, Germany

Fresh, light and with the bitter taste of hops. Pure seduction for the figure conscious, sport-active and alcohol abstainer.
(Non-alcoholic – 0.5% ABV)

Triple-Goddess Ginger
Unity Vibration, Ypsilanti

Kombucha beer brewed with organic, raw ginger root. Aged and open air-fermented in oak barrels. Exquisite flavors and healthy nutrients. Organic, gluten-free and vegan.
(Kombucha Beer – 8% ABV)

Triple-Goddess Raspberry
Unity Vibration, Ypsilanti

Kombucha beer brewed with fresh raspberries then aged and open-air-fermented in oak barrels leading to flavors that are deep, complex and healthy. Organic, gluten-free and vegan.
(Kombucha Beer – 8% ABV)

Uncle John’s Hard Apple Cider
Uncle John’s Cider Mill, St. John’s

Full-flavored, crisp and refreshing with a dry-finish.
Made with Michigan apples!
(Hard Cider – 6.5% ABV)


Parducci Pinot Noir

Trim Cabernet Sauvignon

Tres Ojos Grenache

Royal Old Vine Chenin Blanc
S. Africa

Macon-Villages Chardonnay

Verterra Pinot Grigio

Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay

Bowers Harbor Riesling

Irish Coffee
Mighty Good coffee with a shot Irish whiskey and topped with whipped cream

Arbor Brewing Company Michael Faricy’s Irish Stout with a shot of Irish whiskey

IZZE Sparkling Juice

Sprecher Gourmet Soda

LaCroix Sparkling Water


Great Lakes Potato Chips

2014 Schedule


Fri-Sat 6-11pm
Sun 5-9
March 17: St. Patricks Day 6-11
March 24: Oberon Parade 5-9


Thurs- Sat 6-11
Sun 5-9
April 6: Festifools

May – June

Tues-Sat 6-11
Sun 5-9
Tuesday, May 13:
Bell’s Kick Off the Can Party!
Celebrate the release of Two Hearted Ale and Oberon cans with Bell’s and Bill’s

Sunday, May 25:
Kombucha Making with Unity Vibration
Rachel, founder of Unity Vibration Kombucha, will be visiting the Garden and giving a lesson on how to make your own Kombucha as well as teaching about its health benefits.
For tickets, email philip@billsbeergarden.com

June 4: Short’s Tap Takeover

July – September

Tues-Sat 5-11
Sun 4-9


Thurs-Sat 6-11



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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