Visited this place alone after work. I think it was the best bar/restaurant I visited during my week in Cologne. Small place outside of the city center. Nice ambiance, nice music playing during my visit. They had 6 beers on tap and some more bottles available. From food I tried only their pretzel which was great! Service was great too, fast, friendly and very helpful despite the fact that after some point the place was crowded.
jprausch (137) Bonn, Germany | May 27, 2015| Updated November 18, 2016
Small brewpub located in Cologne-Ehrenfeld. Easy reachable with the underground lines 3 or 4. They had five different special brews on tap, plus four something which is always available plus some bottled beers (I bought three new beers in the bottle for taking home). The beers were very tasty, typical Braustelle in taste - always very special. The interior is not that appealing, more like a students pub than something to spend the whole evening. The service was very nice, fast and friendly. The food was not really good, more of a disaster. So this place is not recommended for eating, but for drinking the delicious beers. Would come back anytime.
The Braustelle brewpub is newer than the typical traditional Kölsch brewpubs. It looks rather like a worn down dive bar with its own charm. The selection is a bit wider compared to other kölsch brewpubs, due to the Freigeist contributions.
Visited thursday 3rd March .. Nice brewpub just outsider the city centre quite a long walk but you can use the public transport .. It’s a single room with a good space at the bar that is unusual in Germany with 6 taps ( here says 4 but they were more ) from the brewery with interesting style .. We got an unfiltered kolsch , an ibiscus kolsch , an rauch , an cherry porter .. So if you are in town and want to drink something different this is the right place .. The girl and guy behind the bar were friendly and let us to have a sip before to buy a beer .. Did not eat but the plates looked good .. Good 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!
To sum up my total experience in one word: Disappointment. I read all the positive reviews and went to this place expecting a german craft beer revelation paired with some delicious food. Instead what my friend and I experienced was a series of average to dishwater with lemon tasting swill and dry reheated, possibly microwaved crap cuisine. The positives were the ambience, service and price however these factors couldn’t quite make up for all the little disasters such as getting the wrong meals. The restaurant was packed - we were the only table eating. The rest of the patrons were only drinking one or two of the 6 styles on offer. I don’t understand why they were so popular, it is possible i caught them on an off day - however I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone and I will not be going back.
Fin (1065) 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.