Benzai (209) Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, Netherlands | August 25, 2016
Nice place in a peaceful environment. Good food, beer also available in bottles for takeaway. Flight of tasters possible. Waitress speak little English, but they give it a try just like I try to speak a little German. Quite nice, I enjoyed this place.
Situated in a the outskirts of the quiet village of Rickling, just off the major Neumünster-Lübeck road, the microbrewery looks like a perfect place to have an unpretentious dinner before hitting the road again. This is what I did then, enjoying the cozy, undisturbed atmosphere of the beer garden and the undivided attention of the waitress (for more than half an hour I was the only guest.) From the selection of 8 beers available at that moment I chose the seasonal bock to accompany my German size portion of schnitzel and stir-fried potatos with onions. On leaving, I bought a mixed six-pack of the local brews to taste at home. Decent beer, acceptable food, and decent service. I hope to come back one day.
It’s biggest asset is that they are not afraid to try non-German beer styles. I don’t think I’d enjoy staying there for several beers, but it’s fine to stop by for some bottles. The place is somehow creepy in a way, redneck-ish, but I guess that’s just because of the location and the staff, not the building, interior or garden.
allways 4 or 5 beers. additionally some specials like rauchbier or porter (with brett-yeast!). the lämmers are a funny family even if the brewmaster has some strange ideas and thoughts. the interior - well...
Very traditionell home brewing house. Usually you can talk to the brewer in the pub. Often he sits nearby the guests so you can talk about the beer, if you want to.
There are often a lot of seasonal beer styles brewed. The food is very cheap, solid and country style. You can go there by train. Rickling has a train station which can be reached from Hamburg mainstation in about an hour.
Looked much like a sport club cantine. Simple, chaotic and even dirty. Not unfriendly staff but not very friendly as well. The only reason for me returning there some day would be the interesting (for German standards) beerstyles they serve.