Looking for an overflowing stein of Hefeweizen and a few baked pretzels — without leaving lower Manhattan? Head to Paulaner Brauhaus, now open on the Bowery.
The Story: This almost 10,000-square foot brewery is the flagship New York location of Munich’s 375-year-old Paulaner Brauerie — the first in the United States. All beers are brewed on site, and there’s a menu of Bavarian food as well: pork, lamb, and veal sausages with fermented sauerkraut, fresh pretzels, and much more.
The Look: The sprawling industrial-style space (once home to a famed cabaret, Sammy’s Bowery Follies) is not only a spacious beer hall, but a brewery as well, with copper and steel brewing tanks prominently showcased. With exposed brick, floor-to-ceiling windows out onto the Bowery, and more-than-ample seating, it’s Munich-meets-Manhattan.
The Drinks: Expect three staple beers (Hefeweizen, Munich Lager and Munich Dark) and three rotating seasonal beers on the menu, from recipes designed hundreds of years ago by Bavarian monks, all in accordance with German beer purity laws dating to 1516. (There’ll be wine, too — but why?)
The Scene: Downtown drinkers, dedicated beer fans, and large groups looking for a crowd-pleasing venue will all find a home at Paulaner Brauhaus.