Friday, July 25, 2008

Because standing in line for beer is dumb...

but beer gardens are really, truly awesome. Maybe this one will be a little less ridiculous than the one in Astoria? (I'm guessing not, since it's in W'burg, but a girl can dream.)

NYmag is down, and I think I could be, too:

"Williamsburg’s Austro-Hungarian beer hall serves a deep selection of imported brews and HofbrÀuhaus-style brats one block and half a hemisphere off the Bedford Avenue drag. Slovakian-born partners Ivan Kohut and Andy Ivanov gutted adjacent warehouses to create two distinct drinking spaces. The garden side boasts a retractable roof under which a grill man serves up sizzling meats and savory fries gobbled up at the long rows of wooden benches. Inside the "hall," patrons line the hand-hewn tables made from 150-year-old barn logs. Twelve drafts on tap or 37 beers by the bottle can be ordered at the polygonal red-oak bar or from one of the waitresses, who are occasionally cinched into full beer-wench regalia. Here, rib-clinging grub, whipped up by Ivan’s wife and executive chef Joanna, includes quail in Dunkel-beer sauce, veal schnitzel, stuffed blintzes, and a scrape-the-plate-delicious apple strudel."

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