Drinking craft beer is like watching Star Wars: choosing between light and dark becomes a central theme, and it’s usually advisable to stop after the third. Discover the frothy delights of your local galaxy with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of drinks and pub fare at Sono Brewhouse and Restaurant in Norwalk.
Sono Brewhouse and Restaurant dispenses a frosty deluge of brews into expectant pint glasses while chefs prepare hot plates of succulent german wurst and other pub favorites to pace customers along their pilgrimages to hops heaven. An impressively worldly beer list shows off the fruits of its extensive travels with a draught selection of blond German brews and malty English ales. The cloudy Paulaner Hefe-Weizen refreshes parched palates with its unfiltered symphony of wheat and citrus notes ($6.25), and 20-ounce servings of Bass Ale and Old Speckled Hen transport drinkers back to a Victorian era of limitless indulgence ($5.75).
Traditional wiener schnitzel ($19.95) and platters of smoked bratwursts ($16.75) march across palates in a Bavarian brigade of flavors flanked by sauerkraut and sautéed potato pancakes. Best-of-both-world combinations, such as beer-steamed mussels topped with citrus beurre blanc and chopped tomatoes ($10.95) and a juicy beer burger soaked in a special ale marinade ($9.95), seamlessly integrate beer into the cooking process and prove much tastier than homemade batches of Pabst Blue spaghetti.
The Sono Brewhouse reflects its historic locality with an interior décor highlighted by a gleaming set of copper kettles imported from Germany. A long row of windows allows copious sunlight to penetrate the warm interior, and a collection of flags hangs below the vaulted ceiling of the main dining room, wistfully awaiting that day when their nations settle their grievances at nonviolent craft brewing fairs.
Sono Brewhouse Restaurant
Giant copper kettles overlook the dining room at Sono Brewhouse Restaurant, glinting in the light that shines over ornate railings, exposed brick walls, and a colorful collection of flags. Shipped to the United States from a brewery in Germany, these kettles infuse the restaurant with a sense of history and spark visitors’ curiosity about the world’s many beer-brewing nations. Bartenders fan these flames of intrigue by serving drafts of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen from Germany and bottles of Rochefort Trappist ale from Belgium and Innis & Gunn oak-aged ale from Scotland.
To complement these globe-trekking brews, chefs forge hearty New England-style and international entrees, such as lobster pot pie, Argentine gaucho steak with chimichurri, and wiener schnitzel accompanied by potato pancakes. They explore even more of the world’s finest during Sunday brunch, which teems with Italian chicken picatta, Chinese dim sum, and Viennese treats crafted by pastry chef Fran Schuelke. For private events, guests can choose from a variety of buffets, meat-carving stations, and raw bars brimming with freshly shucked oysters and clams.
13 Marshall St.
Norwalk, Connecticut 06854