Augustiner Bier Hall, Munich, Germany (photo taken during World Cup, 2006)
That whole book thing just opened up a Pandora’s box of opportunity. And I don’t need any excuses to drink beer (they tried to make me go to rehab but I said no no no) – and only yesterday I was biking through beautiful hop fields in the Willamette Valley. Beer is always on my mind.
I love books, food, beer, anything that captures a sense of place.
In Portland, there are two places that nail that sense of place beer-wise and German-wise – Stammtisch on SE 28th and their partner spot – Prost on NE Mississippi. Prost is great and the concept of marrying German beer garden atmosphere with a cart food court is brilliant. But Stammtisch just takes it one step further with the German food and dark wood paneling to match.
Stammtisch has rotating options for about 18 German beers and they always have one of my favorites – kolsch. (Drinking kolsch in Cologne, Germany is a whole other post of true beer love) What makes these two places great and authentic is how they pour the beer. Rinse appropriate glass with water – make initial pour – set beer aside for a few minutes to settle – then top it off and serve.
And with an order of sausage… teutonic heaven.
Sure you can drive over to John’s Market in Multnomah Village, and take a six pack home of any world beer imaginable, but I want to close my eyes and imagine I am back at the Augustiner waiting for a soccer game.