Swill Call: Beer Gardens in the City

by staff, 06/12/2013

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  • Der Schwarze Kölner 
    710 Fulton St., 347-841-4495, Fort Greene, Brooklyn
    Say you don't know the difference between a Krombacher and a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dark. Show the least bit of curiosity and the friendly bartender at Der Schwarze Kölner will readily say, "Want to taste it?" On tap are 18 German lagers, pilsners, wheat and dark beers served in the appropriate glassware (from $4 for a 0.3-liter serving of some varieties to $16 for a liter of the priciest brews). This Fort Greene indoor beer garden (there's only a small outdoor seating area) fills up with lively groups of locals at communal tables, served by pretty fräuleins, one of whom might be overheard singing "Danke Schoen." The menu—whose items are all under $8—includes bratwurst, currywurst, a traditional Bavarian cheese spread and soft, finger-singeing-hot pretzels served with a pool of mustard. —JB

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