Here come the Germans


Sure, the prospect of a glass stein brimming with 32 ounces of Weihenstephaner Original—and for just 10 bucks—excites. But there’s so much more to the new LowBrau (1050 20th Street) bierhalle in Midtown than just booming pours. Such as its dozens of bottle offerings—from the grassy, citrusy Ayinger Jahrhundert Bier Bavarian lager to offerings from The Bruery—or the 14 drafts, which vary from Ballast Point’s Sculpin IPA to Deutsch seasonals and more. If beer’s not your thing (why are you reading this?), there’s a full bar of spirits. And, yes, das große bier in the large stein for only $10, which admittedly is excellent for washing down sausages and wurst, pretzels, potato salad and more. And, duh, a healthy head change.

Beer: Tricerahops Double IPA
Brewer: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Where: Samuel Horne’s Tavern, 719 Sutter Street in Folsom; (916) 293-8207;

Beer: PU 240 Imperial IPA
Brewer: Auburn Alehouse
Where: Capitol Beer and Tap Room, 2222 Fair Oaks Boulevard; (916) 922-1745;

Beer: Bestefar (Norwegian ale)
Brewer: HaandBryggeriet
Where: The Davis Beer Shoppe, 211 G Street in Davis; (530) 756-5212