Selbstgebraute Biere und ausgewählte Spezialitäten, das ist echte Bierkultur. Helios und Ehrenfelder Alt sollte man nicht verpassen. Brauseminare vor Ort, das Essen ist einfach aber sehr gut und angepasst an das Thema Bier, die Bedienung ist freundlich und schnell. Einfach nur gut.
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.
This place absolutely rocks. It is located in the suburbs of Cologne, quite a bit out of the cities centre so you need to make a detour in order to get here but it is well worth the effort. Way smaller than the Kölsch bars in the city with no special micmac floating around, it looks almost on the border of rundown but it works somehow, pretty unassuming place. There was some brewing equipment next to where we set, equipment that actually looked used to me. Selection appears to be pretty variable and was limited to Braustelle beers when I was here. Lots of stuff was out so they had only about 6 or so beers available but still compared to most places having only one beer available in Cologne this is a pretty big selection. All of them were exiting and new interpretations of traditional German styles, the likes of which you would not expect in Germany. Their Kölsch is unfiltered and hoppy, they had a beer with USA hops, beers with spices etc. Staunch defenders of the Reinheitsgebot are probably bound to get a hearth attack here which is one of the reasons why I loved this place. Traditionalist are probably not going to have a good time here as well, they actually brew & sell an Alt in Cologne, awesome! While it seems like a lot of bottles of theirs you get elsewhere are frequently infected, nothing I had here suffered from any issues. Either the infections have been recently resolved or they take time to developed, either way, the beer I got here was excellent and without issues. Service was very good & helpful, they helped me figure out which beers were available, were patient with our rowdy crowd etc. Prizes for the beers seemed very reasonable to me, 2.40 € for a sour with flowers at a bar is a lovely deal in my opinion. We ate here, food was similarly prized to what we saw in the city & downright cheap compared to Belgium. The food was wonderful, traditional German fare, portions were more than enough & it was absolutely delicious. Bottles could be taken away. Even their music selection seemed to be defiant, they were playing dubstep (at a low & very reasonable volume).
4 Biere vom Fass, darunter immer ein wechselndes Bier des Monats, die wechselnden Gerichte der wirklich sehr guten Küche aowie die immer freundliche Bedienung machen einen Besuch in Kölns kleinstem Brauhaus zur Pflicht.
Fin (1146) 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.
Visited on a wednesday night. Nice modern brewpub located outside of Cologne center, but easily accessible with the subway. The place was full, but not overly crowded. The crowd is younger than in the city center Kölsch bars. Ambiance was really nice. Service was great. Super friendly, good English and Sebastian (the brewer of Freigest) even took the time to sit with us and share a beer. Selection is pretty good with a few taps (5 I think?) and some bottles. We just ordered a cheese plate and it was pretty good. The other food I saw looks pretty tasty too. Price are very good for that kind of bar. They let us share a few of our own bottles, which seems to be really uncommon in Germany. It would definitely be my "go to" place if I live in the area. Keep up the good work!
Visited in April 2016. Relaxed brewpub / restaurant in Ehrensfeld area of Cologne. Food looked good but didn’t try any of it. Beer servings are sized according to beer strength (high % beers are only served as a 200 ml pour), which I quite liked. Prices were OK too, most beers were less than 3€ per serving. I tried most of the 7 - 8 beers on tap, most of which I liked. All were own brews, apart from one guest. Favourites were: Wilde Wutz (wild ale), Amarillo Weiße and Tzarina (oak aged imp. stout). Least favourite was the Helios (Kölsch), which i thought was far too bitter for that style. Service was fast and friendly. I also bought a couple of bottles to take with me. Would go again and try the food next time.