Naming your drinking establishment after something bar-related can be a risky move, or a totally great move (holler at your boy, Law & Order: Special Victims Tavern!!!). Proving the latter yet again, Steins, now open.
From a family of Austrians who damn sure know how to solve a problem like Maria, Steins is a new beer hall in the Inner Richmond dressed in ample Deutschland brew paraphernalia and equipped with a mini back-of-the-room beer garden, plus the cheapest liters of German drinkables in all of SF, nay the world!! Or probably just SF.
Per the name, they serve beer in steins ($7.50) and half-steins ($4) -- including Spaten-heavy on-tap and in-bottle offerings (like Premium Lager, Oktoberfest, and Optimator) -- plus a 1/2 Sprite, 1/2 beer "Radler", which they'll mix up behind a nine-seat marble-topped bar sporting five side-by-side flatscreens with the NFL package, a moniker Visanthe Shiancoe is just now finally getting used to.
Non-beer includes uber lederhosen-y eats like wiener schnitzel, bratwurst, grilled pork chops, and weisswurst (all served with sauerkraut, potatoes, and spicy mustard), and bar-only comestibles like a grilled sausage sandwich and a mac-n-cheese made with green chilies, presumably found in the Red Light Special(s) section.
If you were like "but my good man, that's not nearly enough sausage", fear not! There're more on the way in the coming months, plus there may or may not be a super-secret, beer game-equipped Oktoberfest extravaganza in the works, which will no doubt be quite the
Franklin & Bash.