I don’t often venture into the hoppy world of beer with its cruel aromas of yeast and high calorie counts, but when I do, nothing makes me want (need) a beer quite like seeing a beautiful bartender with her breasts laced up to her chin in a Bavarian dirndl. Think, a Shrek the Final Chapter-esque ensemble, that’s literally the only way I can and will describe it to you. So for this, I go to the Old German Beer Hall.
Upon arrival I asked myself, “Self, I’m sorry, but did I just enter a wormhole to a German universe where this much festival food on one menu is a good thing and bar patrons are actually polite?” I was right, I had. The regulars began helping me choose a beer that suited me, the masses kindly moved out of the way if one needed to approach the bar top to order, all while an old man in German garb played an alphorn to the Ricola theme song—not kidding. It was actually insane, in a good way.
I felt that Hansel and Gretel could literally walk in at any moment and I needed a cold one. So I went with the Weissger Ber Amber beer which, I’ve been assured after a brief call this morning with Christian the Monday night bartender, is brewed by Point Brewing Company based on the owner’s own family recipe. Cute! If you think this beer wouldn’t be for you, your opinions are senseless and misguided but don’t fret, there are many other in-house brews to choose from for all tastes and likenesses! Just ask Christian.
And not only is the beer delicious, but once a week it’s free. That’s right Frank Furter, free. Every Friday night, OGBH has a promotion called “Free Beer Friday” whereat 6pm, the restaurant will serve you free beer until the kegs are gone. We stuck around for a few afterwards, absolutely worth it.
You shouldn’t just go for the beer though, or for the giant pretzel sent straight from the gods of Bavaria itself. You should go for the comradery. (No, I’m not being ironic.) Imagine taking a time warp to fifteenth century Munich and eating community style with your neighbors, each with a pint of beer and a sour kraut topped bratwurst in hand. I myself went with the fish fry because a “bratwurst” doesn’t suit my aura, but you get the point.
You can visit Old German Beer Hall at their website here, or every day of the week at 1009 N Old World Third St. Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
And this is just one more thing you can do for dinner and drinks this week. Are there any restaurant staples that you love to love? Either yodel them to me directly or simply leave a detailed summary in the comments below.