I wish places like this existed when I lived in Germany. I visited just before their beer festival, and all the brewers were seated at the stammtisch - I was honored to be invited to sit with them, whereupon koeschtrinker started opening a slew of Brazilian beers. That was the last thing I expected in Germany. The food was the highlight of my trip, amazing. Tap list was incredible, and you can go around the bar toward the kitchen and pick out some bottles on top of a small fridge there. Even the locals were more or less fun, and some were adventurous to tey some non-rheinheitsgebot beers. Priceless.
Visited during the evening of Sunday 13th December 2015. After a 5 minute or so stroll from Ehrensfeld station I arrived at this corner pub.
Place was busy with a jazz band playing (nice!). Sat at the bar and started through the beers on offer which are listed on huge blackboards above the bar. Service was fairly good. Food was excellent, had a wild boar stew with noodles. Beer was also good with lots of different styles and a couple of guests.
Definitely the best place in Koln by a long way and one not to miss!
Visited on Saturday evening 27/04/13 fairly late around 10.30pm to find the place booming.
We took a train from Koln HBF to Ehrenfeld station, 10 minute ride then a 5 or so minutes walk.
Medium sized bar kind of U shaped with the bar in the centre and the right hand side more a separate room.
We eventually bagged a table for 6 after lurking for 20 minutes or so near a group who had just eaten.
At the business end the bar staff (we ordered at the bar which was a nice change!) were friendly and knowledgeable. 4 taps of Braustelle beers plus 10 or so bottles from Braustellea and Freigeist.
Good vibes in this bar from a predominantly young crowd. Must visit for the ardent beer ticker on a weekend in Koln/NRW as the hopped up Kolsch and bottled stouts make a nice change from the trad styles of the area.
We had to wait 20 minutes for a table
Fin (941) Merton, Oxfordshire, England, England | March 29, 2014
Me, my dad & Barry visited here on Friday the 28th March 2014, arriving at about 6:40pm. The place was already filling up but we managed to get a table as we planned on eating here as well. This place is in the Ehrenfeld district which is situated slightly north west of the centre. It is easy enough to get to I think google maps suggests a 40-45 min walk from the centre or easier is by train from the main station getting off after two stops at Ehrenfeld or alternatively we took the tram/Ubahn (not sure what it was) from Neumarkt lines 3&4 will get you there & Leyendecker is the closest stop. The bar is situated on the corner of Christianstrasse & Venloer Strasse and as you enter the bar is right ahead with tables and chairs off to the right and a narrower strip to the left with a few (not many) tables here. We sat close to the kitchen and end of the bar adjacent to a table where a mass beer tasting was going on with a number of Americans and Germans incl: Sebastian brewer for this place, a brewer from Victory in the states Ollie? The German lambic blender plus the top RB rater, they seemed to be having a very good evening with plently of bottles being opened. I really liked the Braustelle Alt & Helios which was a very crisp hoppy Kolsch version the Pink Panther was also ok. The food was superb really excellent we started with a sausage and potato soup then I had Schnitzel with potatoes and blood sausage it was marvellous. Dad had a grilled cheese type salad thing an
went the whole hog :-) with pork knuckle, the two people in the kitchen worked wonders we were mightily impressed with our meals. We chatted to Sebastion and Ollie and they occasionally brought over a taste of the latest beers they had to sample. We really enjoyed it here and spent all evening just in this one pub, as well as the aforementioned beers we also had a TripelBock, Imperial Rye Stout and Barry had a sour brown. I would strongly recommend to anyone in Cologne to come here, beer, food, friendliness is all here in abundance. A top place.
Atypical Köln brewpub, they even make an alt! In fact, it is around 4km out of the city centre. Just follow Venloerstr. until you see it on your left. A fair walk especially as the opening hours won’t allow this spot to be your first stop in a Köln tour, but their different selection makes it worth the effort. Their beers could certainly use a little tweaking as of my visit, but the multiple experiments they put out, and their website pretends to list the seasonal menu from month to month, would make it interesting to visit again. Rather generic atmsophere though, paler, uglier wood than most and low ceiling, rather duller and cheaper than most.
Great place a bit outside of the city center, but reallz a must stop. the selection seemed a bit slimmer than usual when we went, but their beers, and the guest bottles they get in, are very interesting and should be tried. The food was great, and came in enormous portions. Staff was very nice about answering my questions. Great place for new kinds of beer in the area.
Spartan brewpub outside the city center. Completely different vibe which tends to attract a younger crowd; great way to introduce different types of beer to a different generation. The variety of brews on offer is stellar for the region and many of them are good. All in all, not a charming place because of its looks (far from it), but it can certainly get addictive if you are craving for a bigger selection than your usual area brewery.