The Old German Beer Hall is a popular bar in Downtown Milwaukee, located on Old 3rd Street. Mr. Pea and I have been there multiple times and every time we go we have a blast. We often take our friends and out of town guests to this bar, because well it is a good time and it is not like other bars in Milwaukee. This bar represents the spirit and tradition of Munich’s legendary Hofbräuhaus, the most famous beer hall in the world. Milwaukee’s Old German Beer Hall offers a glimpse of Bavarian social life, and 400 years of tradition and history. With replica tables and benches from the “Schwemme”, you will feel the connection to the original Munich beer hall. This bar has great beer, but you better put your drinking pants on because these liters of beer will surely do the trick.
My favorite brew they have is a Hofbräu Hefe Weizen with Rasberry syrup, kind of girly I know but delicious. In my defense though, when it comes to drinking a liter of beer, I think that qualifies me to be able to hang with the guys. This was the first wheat beer ever brewed, the standard by which all others judged. Mr. Pea likes their darker brews though, which I am not particularly fond of, he usually goes with the Hofbräu Dunkel. The Hofbräu Dunkel is a rich walnut Brown color, dark roasted malts and subtle
hops. This beer is by far one the easiest drinking dark beers in the world. This is historical standard of Bavarian beer, the light lagers came much later.
I usually don’t eat their food their but they do have great food. The Old German Beer Hall serves up traditional Bavarian festival food and specialties. Their menu showcases the world famous Usingers sausage, made daily just across the street. Their giant pretzels are made in Munich with flour from the Royal Bavarian Mill, if you try one make sure to try it with Obatzter, the traditional beer hall cheese spread. German food isn’t my favorite, but I have to at least try to like it. Mr. Pea’s family is German and they love German food, we go to Germanfest every year and slowly but surly I am finding things that I can enjoy when we go there.
They also have a dish called Currywurst, which I tried for the first time the last time I went, thanks to a friend of mine who has traveled to Germany on business a couple of times and and he told me I had to try it. Currywurst is Germany’s popular spicy snack, it is a sliced sausage served with a zesty tomato-curry sauce. I was a little weary on trying it though I am not big on spicy foods. This Currywurst turned out to be delicious though, and a little kick to it but it had good flavor to it, it wasn’t just spicy.
The other reason we like going to the Old German Ber Hall is that it is fun, they usually have a polka band playing and every so often a guy will blow his horn which stretches as long ad one of the tables. Also, there is a really fun game that they have there called ‘Nails’. This game is where there is a tree stump and everyone has a nail, you pound the nail in just enough to make it stand up on its own. Then everyone takes a turn at hammering their nail in the stump one hit at a time. The person that is the last to get their nail into the stump has to buy a round of beers or shots. If you are buying shots they have this thing called the ‘Shot-ski’ there, it is basically a ski that has holes drilled in it to hold shot glasses, and 5 or 6 people line up and take the shot all at the same time.
So next time you are going out and looking to have a good time, try the Old German Beer Hall you are guaranteed to have a good time!