Joe, Joe he’s our man. If he can’t paint it nobody can.
Years ago, a great man by the name of Joe Alhoff found his way into my bar and ordered a German beer. And then he ordered another. And another. Then he ordered beer from other countries but you could tell he had a fondness in his heart for some of the great German beers. Then his good friend, Matt came over to the bar and they ordered beers together. I could immediately tell they had drank together for years. The beer ritual was evidenced by clinking mugs, looking the other directly in the eye, tapping the glass on the bar and then drinking. I picked this up from Joe and when you cheers me, I always will tap the glass on the bar and look you in the eye. It is the correct and noble way to consume with a friend.
Over the course of that day and many years to follow. Joe and I became really great friends. He is responsible for our logo and I admire him tremendously as an artist and as a close friend. He is also responsible for this great sign and a few more of the things which will be displayed in our bar. He is a chap that I never could thank enough for all he has done for me.
So it is a fitting honor to place our hand painted by Joe, “Biergarten” sign on the front of the building signifying the role the German Biergarten plays in the lives of one of the greatest drinking cultures. German Biergartens are an essential part of life in Germany and Oktoberfest in Munich is recognized handily as the single greatest Biergarten in the world. Biergartens are community spaces where friends meet on long picnic tables soaking in the sun and suds. We have over 75ft of picnic tables in the front of our building and another 30ft on the side of our building. Small by German standards but by my standards it is just fine. Our biergarten tips its hat to the importance of relaxing over a pint with friends. Kids have found our Biergarten to be a place they can play among the pebbles. I had never imagined when I chose the less expensive option ground cover for the Biergarten how incredibly popular it would be with children. My nephews, Dylan’s boy and many children spend hours moving the pebbles around and playing in them. I suppose it is the tactile sensation of pebbles slipping through their fingers that enthralls them but I really don’t know as I am a grown-up...most of the time.
During my last trip to Germany, I met up with my friend Bryan. He is a transplanted American living in Munich. He has a great biergarten within walking distance of his house and it is something everyone should have. He also is in walking distance of the worlds’ greatest Oktoberfest biergarten. He is a gracious host and I look forward to one day having beers with him again.
Cari, Jim (our kickin’ carpenters) wife, who once looked at the building after Jim and I had been working on it for 4 months and stated, “It looks like sh*t.”, spent many of her childhood years in Germany. She no longer thinks that about the building (she was right at the time) and she noticed something that many people didn’t notice during our grand opening. But with the music going and kids playing in the pebbles as their parents chatted it brought back some memories from her childhood in the great German Biergartens.
And to that we say, “Prost” and thanks for the inspiration for our biergarten.
Hello earthlings. I have been sent here to open a brewery. I hope you have time over the next year to check in from time to time and see our progress (or lack there of at times).
Morning beer delivery at Tynan’s Bridge House Bar in Kilkenny, Ireland.