I went to Zum Schneider tonight for the NYC debut of Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse. Schneider-Brooklyner is a collaboration between Privatbrauerei G. Schneider & Sohn & Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery. When I arrived around 6:15, the place was packed! I lined up to get my Schneider-Brooklyner at the bar. The bartender was pouring the beer into large steins, letting it settle a bit, then pouring into glasses. It was a cloudy pour even after that – intriguing. The glasses are beautiful – Weizen glasses with a lovely blue, yellow & gold insignia – very eye-catching. I found a seat with a friend and let the beer settle. Garrett grabbed everyone’s attention with the clinking of a glass and a speech was made. He thanked everyone for coming (it was a nice turn-out) and introduced Hans-Peter Drexler, his co-brewer of this special beer. The Schneider-Brooklyner is the first of two versions of the same beer, the first brewed in Germany as a pale weisbock. The remarkable thing about this beer is that it is dry-hopped with Hallertauer Saphir hops – 70 to 75 pounds per 25 barrels, or 3 pounds per barrel! “Outlandish”, Garrett said, for a German beer. Quite tasty, though, in my opinion(and that does explain the greenish cloudiness). The bottled beer should be spectacular! This Wednesday, Garrett and Hans will be brewing the second version of this beer at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. Hans has brought yeast over from Germany and will be selecting his favorite varieties of American hops to dry hop with. The beer will be available on draft in early August. I’m looking forward to it and a vertical tasting will definitely be in order. Schneider-Brooklyner Hopfen Weisse is available on draft and in 16.9 oz. bottles (yeah, the bottle design is all that, too). It is 8.2% ABV and 40 IBUs. A very special beer and a fun evening!
My friend Mike has more pics of the event at his Flicker site.
I also spoke with the owner of a soon-to-open craft beer bar in South Park Slope. Beer Table will be opening on 7th Avenue between 14th & 15th St. There will be 3 drafts with a limited bottle selection that will change frequently. Housemade pickles and sausage will be available as well as cheeses. This is a very exciting development for this neighborhood (of which I am a resident)! Can’t wait to check it out.