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Kölsch @ restaurants?

ipsedixit Nov 17, 2013 03:51 PM

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.

  1. Silverjay Nov 17, 2013 04:36 PM

    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. JungMann Nov 18, 2013 07:36 AM

      Gaffel Kölsch is the brand I most often encounter here. Beermenus.com 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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        ipsedixit Nov 18, 2013 07:54 AM

        Thanks to both you and Silverjay.

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          linguafood Nov 18, 2013 09:19 AM

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

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          Alan Henderson Nov 18, 2013 08:47 AM

          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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            MVNYC Nov 18, 2013 08:55 AM

            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
              Alan Henderson Nov 18, 2013 09:18 AM

              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. re: Alan Henderson
              linguafood Nov 18, 2013 09:20 AM

              Sion! Nice.

            3. loratliff Nov 18, 2013 09:11 AM

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

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                ipsedixit Nov 18, 2013 09:35 AM

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

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                  linguafood Nov 18, 2013 09:36 AM

                  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
                    Silverjay Nov 18, 2013 09:41 AM

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

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                      linguafood Nov 18, 2013 09:53 AM

                      Then I hope it's a 0.5l bottle.

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                      MVNYC Nov 18, 2013 09:54 AM

                      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.

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                        linguafood Nov 18, 2013 09:56 AM

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

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                          ipsedixit Nov 18, 2013 10:53 AM

                          True dat.

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

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                    bartholomeu Nov 28, 2013 03:07 AM

                    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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                      ipsedixit Nov 28, 2013 08:19 AM

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

                      1. re: ipsedixit
                        Alan Henderson Nov 28, 2013 09:01 AM

                        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.

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                          ipsedixit Nov 28, 2013 03:05 PM

                          Thanks for that.

                          And Düsseldorf?

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

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                      sam1 Nov 28, 2013 11:40 AM

                      reissdorf is one of those labels that has been recently resurrected and distributed in countless bars and restaurants.

                      gaffel kolsch can be found in most any german restaurants or beer bars.

                      captain lawrence actually makes a fantastic kolsch and i dont like american beers. id recommend that.

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