On Saturday, Decatur’s Brick Store Pub celebrates its 22nd anniversary with a special menu of rare beers from breweries including Arizona Wilderness, Burial, Creature Comforts, Jester King, Oxbow, Three Taverns, and many more.
But besides being the OG of craft beer in greater Atlanta, Brick Store has always been the premier place to enjoy the best ales and lagers from around Europe and Great Britain.
In keeping with that, Sturday’s festivities will include a beer garden with traditional Kölsch service as found in Cologne, Germany. That means refreshing Reissdorf Kölsch gravity-poured into narrow, cylindrical glasses called “Stangen” and offered up en mass on special trays.
With that delicious image in mind, Reissdorf Kölsch is this week’s Beer Pick.
Privatbrauerei Heinrich Reissdorf, Koln, Germany
Available on draft and in 11-ounce 4-pack bottles.
The late, great British beer writer Michael Jackson described Reissdorf Kölsch as “delicious,” with “a minty, hop aroma, sweet, vanillalike, malt flavors, and a crisp, dry, cedary finish.”
The traditional beer style of Cologne, Germany, Kölsch is a pale, top-fermented ale that drinks more like a lager, due to a brewing process that employs pilsner and wheat malts, and calls for up to two months of cold conditioning.
In the case of Reissdorf Kölsch, the result is a smooth, refreshing, 4.8% alcohol beer that lends itself to a pleasurable session at your favorite beer bar, especially in the summer.
Try Reissdorf Kölsch with summer salads, seafood dishes such as steamed lobster, clams and crabs, and light cheeses such as feta, fresh goat cheese, mozzarella, and burrata.
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