|Das Bier, Fredericksburg Brewing Company|
Fredericksburg taps into authentic German food and ale. And das ist gut.
|Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas|
You'll find over 70 restaurants from fine, elegant dining to Tex-Mex, BBQ, Italian and other ethnic varieties and, of course, German specialties. I first stopped at Der Lindenbaum restaurant on Main Street for a late lunch. I ordered a Reuben which arrived with sauerkraut on the side, not on the sandwich. Hmm? I promptly opened it up and placed the cabbage topping inside the rye bread along with the corned beef and melted Swiss cheese. A meaty and tasty afternoon treat.
Dinner found me at the friendly Fredericksburg Brewing Company, also along Main Street and in the heart of the historic, downtown shopping district. The on-premise micro-brewery claimed a gold medal at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival Competition, the largest beer competition in the United States. The establishment has twice been proclaimed the Best Brewpub in Texas, by Texas Monthly, and won silver and bronze medals for their Porter and Red Ale.
The menu features beer samplers and I was ready to raise a stein. (Faithful blog readers may recall it took two trips to Germany to convert me from a wine devotee to a robust bier enthusiast.) I tried a three-flight series named: Not So Dumb Blonde, Enchanted Rock Red Ale and the Pioneer Porter. The golden blonde ale tasted too light for my preference- like a Kolsch that I tasted in Cologne. I thought the Red ale was divine with a full, rich malty tang. The Porter sipped smooth but I preferred the Red.
|Three Sausage Sampler|
When in Fredericksburg I wanted to try honest Bavarian fare, so I chose the Sausage Sampler of knackwurst, bratwurst, and pepperwurst while a dining partner ordered Jager Schnitzel - a breaded pork cutlet topped with Bavarian-style mushroom sauce. Both smelled homey with a warm spiciness and proved very filling. While we needed no dessert, we nonetheless ordered a peach cobbler to share.
An atmosphere of frolic fills the brewpub, a Biergarten stands ready at the rear of the building-- sometimes with a German ohm-pa band-- and the brew tanks shine in the open bar arena. The aura of Munich prevails. Prost!
And, one more terrific tip about Fredericksburg: sidewalk consumption is allowed so you can take your cold brews on your downtown stroll. Now that's Texas hospitality and German ingenuity.
|Dick Estenson, Owner, Fredericksburg Brewing Company|
Fredericksburg Visitor Information: 1-888-997-3600
Fredericksburg Brewing Company: www.yourbrewery.com
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday 11:30AM - 9PM
Friday & Saturday 11:00AM - 10PM
Sunday 11:30AM - 7PM