Mon-Fri, 4pm-4am; Sat-Sun, noon-4am
5pm-8pm; $13 entree and beer pairing, $9 dessert and beer pairing
L at Bedford Ave.
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Williamsburg’s Austro-Hungarian beer hall serves a deep selection of imported brews and Hofbräuhaus-style brats one block and half a hemisphere off the Bedford Avenue drag. Slovakian-born partners Ivan Kohut and Andy Ivanov gutted adjacent warehouses to create two distinct drinking spaces. The garden side boasts a retractable roof under which a grill man serves up sizzling meats and savory fries gobbled up at the long rows of wooden benches. Inside the "hall," patrons line the hand-hewn tables made from 150-year-old barn logs. Twenty-two drafts on tap and at least 58 beers by the bottle can be ordered at the polygonal red-oak bar or from one of the waitresses, who are occasionally cinched into full beer-wench regalia. Here, rib-clinging grub, whipped up by Ivan’s wife and executive chef Joanna, includes veal schnitzel, stuffed blintzes, and a scrape-the-plate-delicious apple strudel.
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