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Kolsch

I'm a big fan of Kolsch beer, ever since I visited Koln, Germany. Does anyone know where to get some good Kolsch beer in Philadelphia or NYC area?

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  1. The German imports Reissdorf and Gaffel in bottles are pretty common at most any good beer retailer. US brewed Kolsch-style beers (which are often not labeled as such) are also relatively common, tho' sometimes they are a brewer's spring or summer seasonal. In Philly, Kenzinger (from Philadelphia Brewing Co.) is easy to find in bottles and draught.

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    1. re: JessKidden

      IMO Kolsch is one of those styles that is misunderstood by a majority of brewers in the US (along with altbier, helles, and Ofests). Most likely because this is because most brewers have never had Kolsch in Koln and this is one of those beers that is best fresh and doesn't travel well. Most that I have had were just boring blonde ales without any kind of hop character.

      Oops, didn't mean to reply to JK specifically.

    2. Just to add to Jesskidden's comments Victory brewing in Downingtown has recently started brewing a Kolsch. It's only available at the brewpub (I think) but growler fills are available for $7 I believe. Worth the trip alone.

      1. Flying Dog Tire Bite, Harpoon Summer Ale

        1. I don't think you can get it in your area (Don't you hate it when posters do this?), but St, Arnold's Lawnmower from Houston is a pretty tasty beer. I haven't had a lot of Kolsch to compare it to, but I enjoy it.

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          1. re: TroyTempest

            potential ditto to TT's post. can you get kayak kolsch in your area?

            1. re: soupkitten

              i don't think so. I haven't heard of it. Who makes it?

              1. re: TroyTempest

                lake superior brewing co, duluth mn. nice when you can get it fresh in the summer. not sure if the op can get it though. locally to me, summit (st paul mn) also makes a kolsch but i like the lake superior kayak kolsch better

          2. If you are in Philadelphia proper, Brauhaus Schmitz serves Kolsch in appropriate glasses, 7th and South.

            1. If Alaskan distributes in NY, then try to nab the Alaskan Summer Ale. It's very close to the classic German Kolsch. In fact, I love Alaskan Brewing beers. Their smoked porter is fabulous.