Is Brooklyn in the midst of a German-beer invasion? All signs point to “Ja.”
In three years, the better borough has welcomed no less than five biergartens (Radegast, Loreley, Old Rooster, Berry Park, and Spritzenhaus) offering everything from light hefeweizens to stormy schwarzbiers.
But just because none have actually opened in the Slope, there’s no need to get your lederhosen in a twist.
For those looking to tap the Bavarian trend without boarding the G train, our very own is offering up an authentic and economical experience this weekend. On Saturday, May 28th, owner and beer maven Justin Phillips will host a “Weisswurst and Pretzel-Making Event” at the Seventh Avenue spot, along with his friends from the legendary G. Schneider & Sohn brewery.
“It’s very special to have these guys here from Kelheim in Germany,” said Phillips, who used to work with the importer of Schneider. “I didn’t want to do the usual meet-and-greet type of event, because we’ve done so many. So instead we’re going to have a hands-on workshop on how to make weisswurst."
Participant will get to help assemble the sausages, then nosh on a couple of links along with a glass of Schneider Weisse on draft.
The event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Each ticket includes one beer, weisswurst, and a pretzel for $25 — a steal compared to much of Beer Table’s usual menu.
“I’m doing this for less than my cost — it’s stupid cheap,” Phillips said, laughing. “We’re just doing it for fun, as a nice way to spend an afternoon, and as a gesture to Schneider Weisse because I really love the brewery.” (You can reserve a seat by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.)
If you can’t snag one of the last spots at Beer Table’s event this Saturday, try these other neighborhood haunts for a weisswurst and beer fix:
Served with grainy mustard, sauerkraut and Pullman bread, an $8 weisswurst is best paired with a Sehr Crisp Pilsner, Sixpoint’s spin on a German- and Bohemian-style blend at this Bergen Street hot dog joint.
At this Seventh Avenue haunt, Gaffel Kölsch, Schneider Weisse Heffeweizen and Gösser Lager are just a few of the German beer offerings one can pair with a plate of weisswurst, potatoes, red cabbage and/or sauerkraut.
This brand-new, Austrian-themed “sausage joint” on Fifth Avenue at 15th Street offers a mild weisswurst, sides such as , cheese spreads and pickles, as well as assorted German beers like Schneider Edelweiss and Reissdorf.