Few beers say "spring" like Kölsch. This cold-fermented ale brewed in Cologne is the ale-yeast answer to the pilsner. Straw-colored, crisp and refreshing, Kölsch is perfect to enjoy as the days grow longer, as buds begin to form on trees, and as the northern hemisphere begins to warm.
It's also the perfect beer for day drinking. As such, let's celebrate Kölsch, spring, brunch, and drinking before noon. The Independent looks forward to bring you Kölsch Day!
This will be a celebration of spring day drinking. We'll tap four unfiltered, bar-top gravity kegs of Reissdorf Kölsch when we open for brunch and we'll serve them until every last drop is gone. Speaking of brunch, Jamilka will be in the kitchen cooking up a delicious brunch menu and, most importantly, we will donate $1 of every glass of Kölsch sold to help create care packages for cancer patients starting chemo-therapy at local hospitals.
Beyond the beer, we're really excited to host our first brunch with Jamilka at the helm, and we're even more excited to raise some money for our friend Neha Kothari, a bad-ass cancer survivor who was inspired by her own experiences with chemotherapy to help patients by creating care bags for them with the type of things that she found most helpful and that brought her the most comfort.
Finally, as noted above, these are no ordinary kegs of Kölsch (or at least not by American standards). These kegs are unfiltered, gravity kegs imported directly from Reissdorf, a traditional Kölsch brewery in Cologne. They are special kegs, generally reserved for the brewery itself, but ordered special for us from our friends at B. United. Unfiltered, fresh Kölsch is a transformative experience, even for your hardened craft beer drinker. And, unlike the small .3 Liter servings that you'd receive at the brewery, we're going to sell you heaping .5 Liter steins full of Kölsch. Why? Because we're gluttonous Americans.
Mark your calendars.
See you at the Independent,