A freelance writer and bargain hunter with wanderlust, recently moved to Perth from Brisbane.
Published December 3rd 2013
Transport yourself to a German beer hall
If you have never been to a beer hall in Germany, the Brisbane German Club will leave you feeling like you've just been to Munich and back. The atmosphere transforms once you enter the club, especially on weekends with a rowdy crowd and a variety of beer choices that would excite even the harshest of beer critic and enthusiasts.
You will need to sign up as a member to enter or have a member sign you in as a visitor. If you live more than 15km away, you can sign yourself in as a visitor. Membership costs $5 a year.
Upon entry, you will be greeted by a long bar and people wandering around with a drink in their hand, some dressed to the nines. There is a dress code to enter after 6pm – no singlets, thongs or surprisingly – work clothes.
Instead of being restricted to beer from a certain region, signature beers capture the whole country ranging from Schlosser Alt from Dusseldorf (mildly fruity with a dry and malty finish) to Lowenbrau from Munich (dry with a hint of hops and malty finish) to Erdinger Weissbier from Bavaria (traditional wheat beer with a mild banana aroma and a medium creamy body).
If you are not a fan of beer, there are plenty of choices such as schnapps in multiple flavours – mixed fruit, plum and strawberry to name a few as well as cider. I tried the mango cider and it was frothy and sweet served in a large bottle and tall glass.
Once you enter the dining hall, it will feel as if you have gone back to medieval times with everyone dining together on long tables, the crowd in a jolly, boisterous mood.
There is live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights with traditional German wear and the crowd waving their drinks along with the music. If you are thinking of a romantic evening, this is not the place for you as it is difficult to hear over the noise.
However, if you are looking for a fun venue or a place for a work party, the German club is a fun place for friends and colleagues to bond over beer and incredibly large meals.
You will need to line up for your meals and place your order at the counter. Signature dishes include the pork knuckle – humongous slow roasted pork hock with fried potatoes, sauerkraut and smoked beer gravy ($25.90), the sauerbraten – German style beef pot roast in a red wine vinegar marinade and with potato dumplings ($16.90) and German sausages bratwurst with mash potato, sauerkraut, vegetables and mustard.
The dishes are enough to keep you full throughout the night, large enough so you may not need an entrée or dessert although these options are available should you choose to.
Upcoming events at the German club include a fruehschoppen or members Christmas party on December 8th with a lunch followed by the Members Christmas Party Live music with Andrew as well as a Liederkranz Christmas concert on December the 15th from 2pm to 4pm. Admission $15, tickets available at the door.
As the club gets pretty busy on weekends, it is advisable to book a table beforehand. For reservations, call 07-3391 2091. The Brisbane German club is located at 416 Vulture St, East Brisbane.