Food & Drink

Throw your own beer-fueled sausage fest

Published On 05/16/2011 Published On 05/16/2011

Halls typically house important things -- countless historic concerts have occurred in Carnegie, the United States was founded in Independence, and the fist pump was perfected by Arsenio. For one hosting the most important things of all -- beer and sausages -- get thee to Frankford Hall, opening tomorrow. The latest drinkery to hit Fishtown, FH's an industrial take on a classic German beer hall, with unfinished brick surrounding a massive bar that's basically an entire length of an African Bubinga tree, wooden communal tables (plus two ping pong jawns!), and glass garage doors that lead out to the tree-shaded, gravel-floored courtyard abutted by two bars, which in this neighborhood, are generally found on people's windows. Nine taps pour authentic Germans like Bitburger Pils and those that just sound German (tap-exclusive-to-FH My Antonia from Dogfish Head) into glassware ranging from tall pilsner glasses to giant one-liter tankards, and there're also heady Deutsch-bottles like Schneider Aventinus, Radeberger Pilsner, and Munich Gold from Hacker-Pschorr, marking the first time your credit card can score a Hacker, rather than vice versa. Food nabbed from a walk-up counter includes protein-heavy Teutonic tasties like rotisserie chicken, schnitzels, and a slew of sausages including grilled bratwurst, kasekrainer (smoked cheese-filled kielbasa), and weisswurst, which's a bit misleading 'cause Walt did win Rookie of the Year in '88. If all the beer and Walt weisswurst isn't getting you fat enough, they're also hitting you with standby German finger foods like pretzels and Bavarian bread dumplings, plus fries with a curry-fueled ketchup and other nontraditional offerings, which're also housed in one of Arsenio Hall's more important closets.

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1. Frankford Hall 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125 (Fishtown)

One of the only year-round beer gardens, Frankford Hall is also the most traditional German biergarten. The brick-walled Fishtown spot has a menu that features German classics like spätzle, schnitzel, and six different types of sausages. Additionally, the draft beer list has over 10 different German beer selections, all available in large, liter steins. It's especially popular in the summer months, when an opening at one of the picnic tables is harder to find than a parking spot in Fairmount.

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