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Nov 17, 2013 03:51 PM

Kölsch @ restaurants?

Anyone know of any restaurants offering Kölsch beer?

Not looking for American-style Kölsch brews like Four Peaks' Sunbru. Looking for the imported stuff.

Thank you.

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  1. I would suspect that only German or German themed places would serve it (often Gaffel brand) year-roud. It's considered a summer beer so non-German places have probably rotated out of it by now.

    Saw Gaffel at Lorely the other day, but that's more of a bar/beer garden. Zum Schneider has a kolsch on tap. Sure some of the other German spots do.

    1. Gaffel Kölsch is the brand I most often encounter here. says George Keeley's still has it on tap. The German bars have rotated the drafts out, but I did see similar Altbiers (similar production, based out of Düsseldorf) on tap at Zum Schneider last month.

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        1. re: JungMann

          Oh my. Comparing Altbier to Kölsch. I hope you don't say that to friends from Cologne :-D

        2. Koelner Bierhalle in Brooklyn generally has the best selection in the city, with Zunft and Sion on draft, and the usual suspects (gaffel, reinsdorf, and not so usual Sunner) in bottles.

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          1. re: Alan Henderson

            Thanks for posting this, I had not heard of the place. Their tap list is the best German selection I have seen in the US. How is the food?

            Also the Diamond in Greenpoint permanently has Reissdorf Kolsch on tap

            1. re: MVNYC

              They generally do have about the most obscure German list I'm familiar with (excluding the single day Franconian gravity cask days that pop up in October). The food unfortunately is pretty blah, similar set up to a real bier garten where you go to a kiosk area in the back of the place and order there rather than at the table. Wursts and potato salad are the only things I've tried and they are pretty hard to screw up if you start with decent ingredients.

            2. The Spotted Pig has Reissdorf Kolsch for $9. I had some there back in August—good stuff!

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              1. re: loratliff

                Ooh. Now that's a recommendation in my comfort zone. Thanks.

                1. re: loratliff

                  Sorry... $9 for a glass? I hope it's not for the traditional 0.2l stange. That would be insane even for NY standards.

                  1. re: linguafood

                    It's for a bottle. I think most of us here were thinking on recommending on draft.

                    1. re: linguafood

                      I think that is for the half litre bottle. I am not positive though. Personally I would rather drink any lighter style from Europe on draft since it is hard to know how the beer was handled.

                      1. re: MVNYC

                        Agreed. Kölsch on tap mo bettah than bottled. Though I'd say draft is my preference for almost any beer.

                        1. re: linguafood

                          True dat.

                          But beggars can't always be choosers. Not always, anyway.

                  2. It's more of a bar, but Weschler's definitely has Reissdorf Kolsch on its menu. They also have a bunch of other German beers on their menu as well. As for food, they serve some currywurst and pretzels and other small dishes.

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                    1. re: bartholomeu

                      Interesting. Looks like they have some interesting sausages on the menu. Are those any good? Thanks for the rec.

                      1. re: ipsedixit

                        I've only had the currywurst, but it was the best I recall having in the city. I believe the proprietor is from Düsseldorf, so along with your Kölsch you can usually have some Altbier as well, they had Uerige when I was there last.

                        1. re: Alan Henderson

                          Thanks for that.

                          And Düsseldorf?

                          Isn't that where Magneto's parents are from?