One of the nice things about living in Brooklyn is the availability of really amazing beer. Last night, I went with a buddy to Die Koelner in Park Slope. This is one of three new biergartens that opened in the past year - the others being in Greenwood Heights and Franklin Park in Prospect Heights.
Die Koelner is an uncrowded and nice place for a delicious beer. Their taps are exclusively great German beer. The food is of the wursts and pretzel variety. Long tables. Warm atmosphere. The music was at a good conversational level.
So we are at the bar and I ask for a Celebrator - one of my favorites. The bartender asked me "Large or Small" and of course I said large - expecting a pint. What I got instead was one of those huge steins that hold an unconscionable amount of beer. A liter? This thing needed two hands to hold. Now, I have never paid $20 for a beer before. But this was an uber-beer. It took us a while. But sip by delicious sip we finished. So - how many beers did you have last night - only one.
Walking back along Fifth Ave, I realized that there were just so many great choices that I could have made. VooDoo Lounge, Wolfe & Deer, Blue Print, Biercraft, High Dive, Uncle Barry's and various others were on my way home. The Gate, another fave, was only a few blocks further. Some have imported beer like Die Koelner. Others specialize in local stuff like Biercraft. And some have a wonderful mix like the gate.
Beer Paradise - Thy name is Brooklyn.