This is a German deli on steroids, or metzgerei meets beer geek hangout meets Oktoberfest meets German Disneyland. Only if the male servers wore dirndls could it be more bizarre. But the central feature is a digital menu that scrolls page after page after page of tap and bottled beers. And not just German beers by any stretch, but a very solid variety from arond the globe and the local area. Food is tasty and, as you would expect, filling. Fun place!
What an odd place. Having spent a lot of time in German stubes, I find the decoration and design of this place unnatural and uncomfortable. There is just random bric-a-brac everywhere. Though they have patio seating, it’s on a narrow sidewalk that looks out onto the strip mall parking lot, and the inside seating area has no windows so it feels like you’re in a casino or a movie theater and can not determine when the sun has set. There’s a gazebo in the middle of the dining room floor and the tables are awkwardly set around it, and three interior walls of the dining room are cluttered with racks of warm beer and wine bottles, chocolate, chips, tins of herring and other international foods. So if you want to browse these items you end up sticking your butt into someone’s shoulder as they sit at their table. The beer list is extensive and the selection is quite good (Thiriez Xtra and Saint Germain/Nogne-O collaboration on tap and Schlenkerla in bottles make me happy), but prices are high for small draft pours - they use the smaller 10oz Belgian tulips and charge between $5-7 for these. And $10 for a liter of some draft beer wouldn’t be so bad if the ones available at this price were any good (who the hell could drink a liter of Okocim?) Food menu is a lot of German-style schnitzel with some odd "twists", as they say, like cheese and ham, or white gravy, or fried eggs. Overall I give them props for curating a great beer selection but the ambiance is fake-y and after a few hours I desperately wanted to leave and never hear German folk music again.
Bruce Downs, new location. This German style biergraden has tables to hang out, more formal tables, a lttle bar and private traditional room, and just a long bar. I, of course, was at the latter. There were 25 something taps, with a pretty good variety of micros and imports, including something Austrian, Granite Bock that was very interesting an unknown by the staff. A few bartenders, a Sunday aft, and everyone was getting aclimitized to the new location. Strip mall location, 1.5 hours from Orlando. A couple of hundred bottles, including a couple dozen for takeout though at high retail prices.
Visited here in mid-March 2013. Cool little German restaurant tucked away in a suburban strip mall. Has at least 40 rotating taps and too many bottles to count. Tap list is up on a rotating electronic screen with prices, abv and description - brilliant. Some thing for everyone’s tastes - lots of rare stuff, some locals, and more German beer than you can shake a stick at. Menu is huge with plenty of German entries and some American fare. Eclectic decorations - kind of like somebody’s basement in the Midwest. Servers were energetic and knowledgeable. Would frequent if I live in the TB area.
Cool German atmosphere in the FL swamps.
Menu is straightforward German flavored with a nice deli-style array of German products to buy. Food is good but remains very traditional of German cuisine.
Selection of beers is generally changing and offers plenty of craft beers. Always a good experience, knowledgeable staff, friendly service, reasonable prices. Decor is cool with again traditional seating arrangements in benches.
Wow, very long narrow space with bar seating to the right and tables, cold storage deli meats and cheeses to the left. Worn in place with plenty of character along with a big top circus tarp thingy dressing up the ceiling. Although I keep hearing comments that they are relocating away from here. That’s big, they’ve been here forever. This place has one of the best tap selections in Florida with a lot of cool craft brews and numerous German offerings. I wish I lived close enough to drop by more than once or twice a year.
A nice, brightly-lit place made to look like your typical American German restaurant. Big tables which scared me into thinking it’s communal eating, which I hate. It was slow when I went, so luckily it didn’t happen to us.
Our waiter was knowledgeable about beers and knew what was on tap, but wasn’t very attentive to us. We also happened to stop in right as they were printing the new beer menu out for the day, and it never came by the time we were done eating.
There are a lot of good brews on tap, but it’s nothing that is going to blow you away for the area.
The food I had was awesome. I’m not a German food expert, but I do enjoy it very much, and it was stellar.
The beers were priced average, but the food seemed a bit pricey... though still good.
Overall, I think this is a fun place to stop if you want some tasty German food, a goofy atmosphere, and plenty of good brews on tap. I wouldn’t say it’s an absolute necessity while in Tampa, though.
Went on a Sunday at the new location on Bruce B Downs. Waited....Waited...Waited for service. First beer I ordered they were out of, but took 15 min to find that out. Server was confused and allowed me to order 2 more beers they didn’t have. Food was so-so. Plenty of selection if its actually there. My wife swears it used to be awesome when they were located in the mall.
Établissement visité le vendredi 13 mars vers 14h. Ambiance: Décoration et ambiance de "Biergaarden allemand". Musique bavaroise en sourdine. Service: Correct et sympathique. Sélection: Excellent choix de bière allemande en fût. Environ 50 fûts et 300 bouteilles. Nourriture: Typiquement allemande. Nous avons pris une assiette de pain et charcuterie ainsi qu’une assiette de perogies. On trouve aussi sur une place un petit marché de produits allemands.(128e rating d’établissement)