On Oct. 28, the lager will start flowing at Hofbrauhaus Columbus. Before venturing out for a night of beer and brats at Grandview Yard, brush up on your German beer hall etiquette.
On Oct. 28, the lager will start flowing at Hofbrauhaus Columbus, the Munich-based brewpub's latest Stateside expansion. But before venturing out for a night of beer and brats at Grandview Yard, brush up on your German beer hall etiquette. hofbrauhauscolumbus.com
Beer is served by the liter.
Because why not, right? (Half liters and flights are also available.)
Befriend your fellow bar-goers.
A German-style beer hall is meant to be communal space-and the shared 16-foot tables don't leave much room for shyness. "In many cases, you're leg and leg, shoulder-to-shoulder with the people sitting next to you," says marketing director Matt Papp.
Expect more oompah music than you can shake a stein at.
Seven nights a week, the brewpub's brass band will provide a rowdy soundtrack, from German folk songs to '80s rock. "And you're actually encouraged to stand up on your table bench and sing and dance along," Papp says. (Tip: The band will happily embarrass anyone on their birthday-just ask!)
Keg-tapping is reason for celebration.
Seasonal beers will rotate the first Tuesday of every month (the first falls on Nov. 4). For the occasion, brewmaster Robert Makein will lead a singing parade around the pub. A designated guest will then hammer the keg, and everyone in attendance gets fresh 4-ounce pours.
Two words: beer cheese
Hofbrauhaus Columbus will serve specialty beer cheese crafted from a secret brewpub recipe-good on pretzels, chicken or in giant take-home vats. "It's literally our No. 1 item," Papp says. "We get people on a daily basis trying to buy gallons."
For sale: personal stein lockers
For a fee, you can have your own locker at the brewpub (a tradition stretching back centuries, when patrons sought safe storage for their most-treasured steins). More than the locker, you'll receive perks like discounted bills and every-so-many liters free.