Like tinsel, guitar solos, and incriminating legal papers, sauerkraut is best when finely shredded. Enjoy this slivered specialty of the Old World with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of German fare and drinks at Biergarten Haus.
The gastronomes at Biergarten Haus invite diners to celebrate Oktoberfest with a menu of authentic German nosh and Teutonic beer, set in a charming, lively atmosphere accompanied by frequent live music. If dishes are the first priority, patrons can furnish tables with a cornucopia of Germanic appetizers such as laugenbrezel, traditional Bavarian pretzel rolls served warm alongside traditional beer cheese and mustard ($5 for three; $9 for six). The winning wiener schnitzel, a lightly breaded and braised pork shank, waltzes winsomely with spicy mustard sauce ($18) before pairing off with sides such as the flavorful sauerkraut, made with apples, bacon, and onions ($3).
In honor of the year’s sudsiest month, Biergarten Haus hosts a huge Oktoberfest celebration for revelers to enjoy the restaurant's large selection of beers. The festivities include ample doses of merriment, as well as nine exclusive specialty beers such as Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest, an amber marzen tapped straight from the Bavarian hills. Sip drafts such as the dark-amber Spaten Optimator doppelbock ($9.09 for a half liter; $17.27 for 1 liter), or prepare to send a letter to the editor of a desert-island newspaper by vacating bottled suds such as the spicy, slightly tart Ayinger brau-weisse ($7.27 for 16.9 oz.) and the dark-brown malty Weihenstephaner Korbinian ($11.81 for 16.9 oz.). Three expansive patios can seat up to 300 suds sippers who have free reign over four bars. Sporting events flicker across three large projectors and seven flat-screen TVs, complementing brews with a lactose-free feast for the eyes.
Standing beneath the German flags fluttering outside with the two-story timber structure of Biergarten Haus looming overhead, one might feel transported to the streets of a small Bavarian village. Inside, the head of an elk looks down at glasses full of more than 25 German lagers and weizens, and warm, doughy pretzels provide an “excellent drinking snack” to pair with schnitzel, sausages, and potato pancakes. Climb the stairs to the rooftop beer garden—lauded as one of DC’s best by the Washington Post_—where tables made of repurposed barrels cluster together like the triplets seen on the covers of Beethoven’s lesser-known _Krautrock albums. Out back, a second beer garden populated by long, rustic tables is open year-round, and groups can clink glasses to celebrate birthdays or holidays.:m]]
food is really, really good. you think it will just be kinda mediocre german bar food, but it's really legit yummy!Claudia F., Yelp, 2/5/11
Food was fabulous. Beer was great. Wait staff was awesomeJamie Z., Yelp, 2/4/11
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