Description of Der Biergarten, an outdoor beer garden serving German, Belgium and craft beer as well as light German fare in Midtown Sacramento.
Did you know that Der Biergarten was the first venue in Sacramento to be built utilizing cargo containers? Other than the 40-foot cargo container that houses the bar and the smaller 20-foot cargo container that houses the restrooms – everything else is outdoors.
This setup works in Sacramento – all thanks to our Sacramento weather! Note: Der Biergarten is closed when it rains.
Members of the Renaissance Society’s “A Chef’s Tour of Sacramento” class met at Der Biergarten on a recent sunny afternoon. The class this semester is learning all about beer and beer-related topics while exploring Sacramento’s exploding (that may be a bit of an understatement) craft beer scene.
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It was a Tuesday, and members of the class started gathering at 3:00 p.m. when Der Biergarten opened for the day. Several long tables had been reserved for our group.
It was Hoppy Hour, and there were six beers offered at the Hoppy Hour price of $3. I gravitated to the Hoppy Hour specials and ordered the Alaskan White Ale. As I recalled, I had enjoyed the Alaskan White Ale on my previous visit.
Fellow classmates lined up at the bar to order their choice of beer – and food from the menu. Der Biergarten serves a variety of light German fare – the perfect accompaniment to a glass of beer.
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Our group was very gratified when one of the Der Biergarten staff deposited on our tables several platters of pretzels along with specialty mustard’s and beer cheese – compliments of the owner. Thank you!
It was not overly long before the food ordered was served. The Sausage Platter (served with sauerkraut, a pickle, and choice of cucumber salad or German potato salad) was very popular.
The Sausage Platter has three options – Choice of one sausage for $8.06, two sausages for $10.60 or three sausages for $12.21. I had the opportunity to taste three different sausages – and they were all very tasty indeed. The cucumber salad (thinly sliced cucumber and sweet onions tossed in vinegar and dill dressing) cleansed the palate between bites of sausage.
Others in our group ordered the Schnitzel (pork breaded cutlet served with choice of German potato salad or French fries, served with curry sauce or hunter sauce) ($12.67) or one of the varieties of old fashioned dogs – aka frankfurters ($5.99 – $8.99).
The majority of the class made their way a second time to the bar intent on trying another beer – and I followed suit. This time I decided to branch out and ordered a glass of Weitenburg Marzen Fest which I also enjoyed.
Our scheduled speaker, who was to discuss the German influence on beer, sent last-minute regrets. However, several members of the class had attended Oktoberfest in Germany and they proceeded to share stories of their experiences. Several of the stories were quite humorous.
When I left Der Biergarten later that afternoon I had no doubt that some of my classmates would linger – as it is a most pleasant venue, especially on a nice sunny day in October. All in all it was a fun way to spend the afternoon. I look forward to attending the next class.
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Der Biergarten Snapshot:
- 2332 K Street, Sacramento, CA 95816 (Corner of 24th & K Streets)
- (916) 346-4572
- Summer Hours: Monday – Wednesday (3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Thursday (11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.); Friday – Saturday (11:00 a.m. to Midnight); Sunday (11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.)
- Winter Hours: Closed When It Rains
- Street Parking
- Family & Dog (on leash) Friendly
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