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Please note that we are based in the UK and have not visited or used any of the services listed. Please send feedback about any of the places listed or new ones we haven't yet listed. It's not easy to run a guide to German beer in the USA given that I live in London, so if you live in the USA and are interested in setting up a guide to German beer in the US, please let me know and you can have all my listings and I'll replace this page a link to your site.

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Felsen Haus, 4900 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix 85018. T: 602-277-1119. Previously listed here but now closed.

German Corner Restaurant (www.germancornerrestaurant.com), 4900 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Recommended by Nyal Niemuth as: "a traditional German style restaurant with a number of German beers vom fass". Nyal also says you can get a wide selection of German beers at AJ's Fine Foods, with several branches in Arizona [October 2004].


Sudwerk Privatbrauerei and Restaurant (www.sudwerk.com) 2001 Second Street, Davis, CA 95616. T: 530-758-8700. Serves home-brewed German-style beers and German food [thanks to Kenji for the recommendation].

Walzwerk East German Restaurant (www.walzwerk.com), 381 South Van Ness, San Francisco, CA 94103. An interesting-looking Thüringian variation on the norm, serving Erdinger Weissbier; Köstritzer Schwarzbier; Schneider Aventinus; Schneider Weisse among others. See website for full listing. Walzwerk means '(steel) rolling mill', by the way, hence the cool industrial logo.

The Toronado Pub (www.toronado.com), 547 Haight, San Francisco, California CA 94117. T: 415.863.2276, F: 415.621.0322. Serves a good range of German beers including, on draught: Ayinger Celebrator, Bitburger Pils, Erdinger Hefeweizen, Schneider Aventinus, Spaten Hefeweizen, Weltenburger Asam Bock and in bottles... Heller-Trum Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen, Berliner Kindl Original Weisse, Schneider Aventinus, Schneider Weisse, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel and Weihenstephaner Kristall Weissbier

Suppenkuche German restaurant (www.suppenkuche.com), 525 Laguna, San Francisco, CA 94102. T: (415) 252-9289, F: (415) 252-8661. Serving Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier; Erdinger Weissbier; Erdinger Dunkel; Bitburger; Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen; Spaten Optimator; Köstritzer Schwarzbier; Schneider Aventinus; Schneider Weisse among others. See website for full listing.

Teske's Germania restaurant and beer garden (www.teskes-germania.com) 255 N. First Street & Devine, San Jose, Ca. 95113. T: (408) 292-0291. Beer list includes Spaten Pils, Bitburger Premium Beer, Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier, Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, Köstritzer Schwarzbier and Paulaner Hefe-Weizen amongst others.

BevMo.com (www.bevmo.com) California-based chain of beer and wine stores, with 41 branches, about 80 German beers and online mail order (within CA only) [August 2004].

Hi-Time Wine Cellars (www.hitimewine.com) 250 Ogle Street, Costa Mesa, California 92627. T: 800-331-3005. A huge range of US and international beers with an impressive and well chosen selection of Germans. No online ordering. See website for map.

Red Lion Tavern, 2366 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, 90039-3209. Tel. 323-662-5337. A German-themed bar and restaurant. See reviews on www.LABeer.com.

Speisekammer (www.speisekammer.com), 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501. Tel. 510 522 1300. German restaurant run by Peter Kahl, formerly of the Suppenkuche of San Francisco. "Now teamed up with wife (former owner of the reknowned Cafe Du Nord of SF). [Beers include] Kostritzer Black Lager, Tucher Helles Hefeweizen, Weltenburger Dunkel, Helles and Asam Bock, Franziskaner Hefe, Spaten Lager, Pils and Octoberfest and Bitburger Pils. We also have a rather nice bottled beer selection, full bar and a large wine list specializing in German whites." [September 2004]

Heroes Bar and Grill, 125 West Santa Fe Avenue, Fullerton, California, 92832-1831. T: 1 714 738 4365. Recommended by a reader who says they have "102 beers on tap (95% Imports). On only my 2nd pint into the evening, I found Kostritzer Schwarzbier. It also has a varied menu from colossal-sized burgers and stuffed chicken, to slabs of fish and beef, all in portions that assure there will be doggie-bags. It has drinking facilities in front with dining in the back, and also, a patio for both. Multiple TVs in viewing positions for the sports fans in the bar area, but, not for the diners. Lots of old photos, signage and artifacts make it a comfy atmosphere. Peanuts in ballpark bags are passed out to patrons, and the shells are tossed on the floor. Dinner for 4 adults with a few pints each was under $100 including tips.". [April 2004]

Old World Restaurant , 7561 Center Avenue #49, Huntington Beach, CA 92647. T: (714) 895-8020. German restaurant with a small but nice range of German beers. [October 2004]


The Brickskeller Dining House and Down Home Saloon
1523 22nd St, NW Washington, DC 20037. T: 202-293-1885. W: www.thebrickskeller.net
A mind-bogglingly huge list of German, Belgian and microbrewed US beers. Truly stunning. Too many to list. I wish we had places like this in the UK.

Old Europe 2434 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20007. T: 202-333-7600. W: www.old-europe.com
German restaurant with a small but interesting chioce of draught and bottled German beers. [September 2004]


A Bit of Germany, 916 Patricia Drive, Dunedin, FL 34698. An anonymous reader writes: "You may add "A Bit of Germany" in Dunedin, Florida to your list of places to buy good German beer and a meal. It is owned and operated by Trudy Koch from the Luzcern Switzerland area. She stocks an impressive assortment of German beers in bottle and Warsteiner and Kostritzer on tap. Trudy also has a terrific menu featuring many signature German dishes. Her menu is the reason I am visiting your site. I want to know more about the beer she offers. There appears to be so many subtle nuances: type of grain, glass size, accompaniments such as lemon or no lemon, amount of foam to create from the pour, etc., that should be known to any one who wants to appreciate German beer. I feel we Americans have totally missed out on the finer appreciation of it all." I think this underestimates the American appreciation of beer as there are many fine American brewers who brew German-style beers, but you can judge for yourself.

Mr. Dunderbak's Bavarian Delicatessen and Restaurant
Daytona Beach, Florida. T: 1-800-260-1578 or (904) 258-1600
Lists: "Fiedlers Pils/Bock, Bitburger, Becks Reg/Beck's Dark/Oktoberfest, Dinkel Acker Reg/Dark, Tucher Weiss, Hefe, Krystal, Dark, Spaten Oct. Reg./Dark, St. Pauli Girl Reg/Dark, Warsteiner, Hacker Pschorr Oct., Edel Hell, Weiss & Amber, Erdinger-Weiss, Oberdorfer Reg/Dark, Julius Echter Weiss, Lowenbrau Lt & Dk."

Mr. Dunderbak's, 2222a University Mall, Tampa, FL 33612. T: 813 977 4104. Thanks to John W for nominating this place, which "has an amazing range of German (and other) imported beers, and usually two German beers on tap, and an amazing Deli counter selling imported cheese and cold meats. Excellent German style food on the menu too. ." The website of the Tampa Dunderbaks doesn't mention the Daytona Dunderbaks, and vice versa. Maybe the shared name is just a coincidence?

Bistro Munich, 1251 Taylor-Lane- Extension, Lehigh Acres, F33936. T: (941) 303 1114. German restaurant with a small selection of German beers. [September 2004]


Chicago Brauhaus, 4732 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago IL, 60625. T: 773 784 4444. See website for details.

Glunz Bavarian Haus 4128 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL. T: 773/472-HAUS (4287). See website for menu and beer list.

Resi's Bierstube 2034 W Irving Park, Chicago, IL. T: 773 472 1749

Sam's Wines & Spirits 1720 North Marcey Street, Chicago, IL 60614. T: 1- 866-SAMSWINE or 1-866-726-7946.
A small but well chosen range of German beers among a huge range of US and other international beers, with online ordering.

Rat'skeller, 103 Washington Square, Washington, Ill. T: 309-444-4620

Bayern Stube, Inc., 209 N. Sangamon Avenue, Gibson City, IL 60936, T: (217) 784-8304

Gardner Haus Inn, 120 Depot Street, Gardner, IL. 60424. T: 815 237 8602


The Rathskeller, 401 East Michigan St.- Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: (317) 636-0396 - Fax (317) 630-4652. Serves an attractive range of German beers and (mostly) German food. Claims "12 imported draft beers and over 50 imported bottled beers."


John's Grocery Inc., 401 E. Market St., Iowa City, IA 52245. T: 319.337.2183 F: 319.339.4904. Stocks a great range of German beers of all styles and glassware, including mass krugs & glass boots. Online ordering for USA and Canada, but they do ship internationally, and guides to matching food & beer and tasting & evaluating beer. Ernest Crvich says: "I've found a few things I haven't seen elsewhere, and they have good, friendly customer service".

Bier Stube, 2228 E. 11th St, Davenport, IA 52803. T: (563) 323-2174. W: www.bier-stube.com. Bavarian bar and restaurant. See website for details. [listed since: April 2004]

Hessen Haus, 101 Fourth Street, Des Moines, IA. T: (515) 288-2520. German bar and restaurant. [listed since: April 2004]

Gasthaus Zur Linde, 15 N. Grove Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. T: (847) 695-8828. German/Austrian restaurant with a modest but interesting choice of beers [listed since: September 2004].


Hofbrauhaus Newport, 3rd & Saratoga at the Levee, Newport, KY 41071, T: (859) 491-7200. Promises genuine Bavarian cuisine and beers "brewed under license and supervision of Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München". Why don't we have anything like this in the UK? Not fair! Readers' comments: Justin says "I live down the street from this place in Dayton, KY. It alone turned me on to German beer! They have the best beer I've ever tasted, period, and they brew it all right there. Good authentic German food in the day with a live polka band! Every time I walk in there I feel like I'm on The Man Show. I heard the place gets very wild at night time, but have never been. It is by no means 'cheap', and since I'm in college I don't go there too often, but their beer is unbelievable. I'm particularly fond of the dunkel!"

Marikkas German Restaurant, 441 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY. T: (859) 275-1925. Reputed to have 14 beers on tap and 500 in bottles. Must be worth a look.


The Taproom, 14915 Charlevoix, Detroit, Michigan, USA. T: 313.824.1030 F: 313.824.8414. Serves a wide range of German and other international beers. See website for details.

The Dakota Inn Rathskeller, 17324 John R. Street, Detroit, Michigan, USA. See website for details.

The Box Bar, 777 W. Ann Arbor Trail, Plymouth, MI 48170. T: (734) 459-7390 A helpful reader writes: "The Box Bar in downtown Plymouth, Michigan has over 40 beers on tap, and over 650 in the bottle or can. Many are German, including Warsteiner & Paulaner on tap."


Gasthof Zur Gemütlichkeit W: www.gasthofzg.com 2300 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418. T: (612) 781-3860. Claims a selection of 16 German tap beers. What a name! Sounds promising.

Bayrischer Hof, 631 Nelson Boulevard, PO Box 457, Montrose, MNĘ 55363-0457. T: (763) 675-3999. W: German restaurant with some well-chosen draught beers. Lee Anne says "The Bayrischer Hof catered for our wedding party 5 years ago, has authentic Bavarian food, and lets the good beer flow at Sommerfest and Oktoberfest in a big Bierzelt. I lived in Munich for a year, and it's nice to have a taste of my other home!"

New Jersey

The Old Bay, 61-63 Church Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. T: 732.246.3111. A cajun/creole restaurant serving Schneider Weisse, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier and others.

New York

Blind Tiger Ale House, 518 Hudson Street @ W10th St, New York, NY 10014. T: (212) 675-3848, F: (212) 675-2317, E: tigerale@walrus.com.
Ale house / restaurant with excellent beer list, including Paulaner Salvator, Ayinger Jahrhundert-Bier, Schneider Aventinus and Aventinus Eisbock.

The Blue Tusk 165 Walton Street, Armory Square, Syracuse, NY. Phone: (315) 472-1934, Fax: (315) 474-0764, E-Mail: bluetusk@dreamscape.com. 69 draught bers, including Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier; Paulaner Salvator and Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weissbier Dunkel. Full list, map and menu on website.

Zum Stammtisch 69-46 Myrtle Avenue, Glendale, NY 11385, T: (718) 386-3014. German restaurant with a range of beer but I don't know which as they aren't listed on the website [September 2004].

www.killmeyers.comKillmeyer's Old Bavaria Inn 4256 Arthur Kill Road, Staten Island, New York 10309. T: (718) 984-1202. German restaurant with a very impressive list of bottled and draught German beers [September 2004].


Tulsa Oktoberfest As the name suggests, an annual German-themed beer festival. Wunderbar!

Royal Bavaria Restaurant und Brauerei 3401 South Sooner Road. Y-17, Moore, OK, (6 miles South of I-240). Phone: (405) 799-7666. W: www.royal-bavaria.com A German-run restaurant and micro-brewery with 450-seat outdoor biergarten.


The Berlin Inn (www.berlininn.com), 3131 SE 12th & Powell Portland, OR. T: 503-236-6761. German Restaurant, Wine Stube and Bakery with a good beer list, and they also sell retail. [October 2005]

The Rheinlander & Gustav's Bier Stube (www.gutenfoods.com), 5035 NE Sandy Blvd. Portland, OR. T: 503.288.5503. [August 2004]

Gustav's German Pub & Grill (www.gutenfoods.com), 12605 SE 97th, Clackamas, OR. T: 503.653.1391. [August 2004]


Ludwig's Garten, 1315 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. T: (215) 985-1525. This place has a great reputation for an enormous range of German beers and good German food. Doug Hager says it has "25 beers on tap all of which are directly imported from Germany or Belgium. They also feature 100 bottled beers ranging from Countries like Austria to Kenya. This is a must stop for any beer lover, especially a German beer lover."

Monk's Café & Beer Emporium, 264 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Bar and beer shop with a good range of German beers.

The Nodding Head Brewery & Restaurant, 1516 Sansom Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19102. T: 215-569-9525 F: 215-569-9526. Serves a range of German and other international beers.


J&J's Market and Cafe (www.jjsmarket.com), 1912 Broadway, Nashville, Tennessee TN, 37203. T: 615.327.9055. They stock a good range of other German and Belgian beers. There's a map on the website. Currently listed: Beck's, Beck's Dark, Dinkelacker Pilsner, Dinkelacker Dark, Franziskaner Hefe-Weizen, Löwenbräu Spezial, Löwenbräu Dunkel, Paulaner Premium Pils, Paulaner Original Munich, Paulaner Oktoberfest Märzen, Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Spaten Lager, Spaten Oktoberfest, Warsteiner, Weihenstephaner Original, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weiss Dunkel, Weihenstephaner Kristall, Weihenstephaner Festbier, Weihenstephaner Original, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier and Wernersgruner Dry Pilsner [August 2004]

Isaac Newton's 18 South State Street Newtown, PA 18940. T: (215) 860-5100. Weihenstephaner hefeweizen on tap and lots of excellent Belgian beers.


Bavarian Grill (www.bavariangrill.com), 221 West Parker Road, Plano, Texas 75023. T: (972) 881-0705. Restaurant/Biergarten serving Bavarian food and a great range of German beers. [August 2004]


The Bier Garden (www.biergarden.com),
438 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704. T: (757) 393-6022. Offers authentic German cuisine and the website lists over 100 German beers. Wow. [August 2004]

Capital Ale House (www.capitalalehouse.com),
623 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219. T: (804) 643-ALES.
Also at: 4024-A Cox Rd Glen Allen, Virginia 23060, T:: 804-780-ALES, F: 804-273-1058
Charles Eichhorn says: "Two locations: one downtown and one larger in the West end area called Innsbrook. Astounding list of beers available, many, many on tap. Good food; varied menu." [August 2004]

The Grapevine (www.grapevinewine.com), Waterloo Shopping Center. 389 West Shirley Avenue. Warrenton, Va 20186-3113. T: 540-349-4443. Serves a range of German and other international beers and US micros. [August 2004]

Whole Foods Market,
143 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA 22180. T: 703.319.2000
"We carry an extensive selection of beers, particularly Belgian, British and German. And lots of great US microbrews, of course."

Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre (www.wohlfahrthaus.com), 170 Malin Drive, Wytheville, Va 24382. T: 276-223-0891
German restaurant and biergarten with a decent selection of beers. [September 2004]

Coastal Wine Connection (www.coastalwineconnection.com), 153 Herman Melville Ave, Newport News, VA 23606. T: 757 591 9463
They tell me: "we feature over 100 Belgian and German beers...just opened April 2004". [September 2004]


Cafe Mozart (www.cafemozartrestaurant.com),
829 Front Street, Leavenworth, Washington 98826. T: (509) 548-0600
Described as an "upscale European restaurant [...] in traditional Viennese style. German, Austrian, French & Northwest specialties." Beers listed are: Hofbrau München, Paulaner Salvator, Spaten Octoberfest and Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier on draught and, in bottles, Bitburger Pils, Ayinger Dunkel, Ayinger Brau Weiss, Erdinger Pikantus, Erdinger Kristall, Schneider Weisse, Spaten Oktoberfest, Spaten Pils, Hirschbrau-Holzer Beer, Hirschbrau-Doppel Hirsch and Paulaner Thomasbräu [August 2004].

Gustav's German Pub & Grill (www.gutenfoods.com), 1705 SE 164th, Vancouver, WA. T: 360.883.0222 [August 2004]

The People's Pub (Die Volkskneipe) (www.peoplespub.com), 5429 Ballard Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98107. T: 206-783-6521 F: 206-783-9858. Serves many German beers on draught and in bottles, along with German food. Some of the beers include: Spaten Optimator/Doppelbock, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Paulaner Lager, Bitburger Pils, Spaten Pilsner, Schlenkerla Rauchbier, Celebrator Doppelbock, Hofbrauhaus Original, Kostritzer Schwartzbier, Erdinger Hefe-Weisse, Erdinger Kristall, Erdinger Hefe-Dunkel [August 2004].

Bottleworks Beer Shop (www.bottleworks.com), 1710 North 45th Suite #3, Seattle, WA 98103. Tel: 206-633-2437. F: 206-632-1057. Stocks about 45 German beers. Don Scheidt says "they've recently added significantly to their selection. Imports from Germany are a good bit of the story, as well as specialty beers from Belgium, Netherlands, Great Britain, and numerous other lands - even a couple of wheat-based beers from a Japanese microbrewery... they also feature a broad, well-chosen array of glassware." [2004]


Essen Haus (www.essen-haus.com), 514 East Wilson Street Madison, Wisconsin 53703. German bar and restaurant listing 17 German biers on tap and 200 import bottles [August 2004].

Karl Ratzsch's (www.karlratzsch.com), 320 E. Mason Street Milwaukee, WI 53202. T: 414-276-2720, Fax 414-276-3534 [Feb 2005].

Mail Order German Beer in the USA

John's Grocery Iowa-based beer shop with a great range of German beers. Check website for details.

Merchant du Vin Specialist beer importers with online ordering of glasses, and information about beer history, tasting and matching beer to food. They list distributors of German beers in each state, but not individual outlets.

Vintage Cellar. Based in Virginia, with a great range of German, British and Belgian beers, including beers from Altenmunster, Augustiner, Ayinger, Dinkel, Einbecker, Erdinger, Franziskaner, Hacker-Pschorr and many more, with online ordering.

BrewMall Mail order site -- stocks some German beer glasses with online ordering.

The Beer Butler. A good range, including Dinkel Acker, DAB, Hacker Pschorr Weisse, Hofbrau Munchen Original, Paulaner Hefeweizen Dunkel, Paulaner Hefeweizen, Paulaner Oktoberfest Maerzen, St Pauli Girl Dark and more. No online ordering.

Belmont Station Includes, amongst many others, Reissdorf Koelsch; Pinkus Weisse; Pinkus Alt; Paulaner Oktoberfest-Maerzen; Paulaner Salvator; Aecht Schlenkerla Weizen; Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock; Mahr's Weiss. No online ordering.

Sam's Wines & Spirits 1720 North Marcey Street, Chicago, IL 60614. T: 1- 866-SAMSWINE or 1-866-726-7946.
A small but well chosen range of German beers among a huge range of US and other international beers, with online ordering.

Hops InternationAle "Hops InternationAle's Imported Beer of the Month Club delivers one six-pack of an International beer and one six-pack of an American microbrew to your doorstep each month." They mention German beers but there seems no way to know whether German beers will be included in the selection in any given month.

Internetwines.com Sells a range of German beers including the rare Leipziger Gose from Bayerische Bahnhof.

If you know of anywhere that I've missed, please email me.

Fruh Kolsch Bottle

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