Well it took a long time (no thanks to the city’s endless hurdles), but Midtown’s newest beer bar, Der Biergarten, located on the corner of 24th and K streets (what was once that ugly vacant lot next to Golden Bear), is finally open! This cozy little open-air German-influenced beer garden swung open its gates to the public on Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, but Submerge was lucky enough to attend their soft opening a couple days prior. We were impressed with their affordably priced, vast selection of beers; they have 32 on tap alone. Plus the sausages they serve from Morant’s Old Fashioned Sausage Kitchen and the salad that we tried were great too, and they came out surprisingly fast (granted we were there earlier in the day, before they presumably got slammed like all new restaurants do). For drinks, we had the Erdinger Hefeweizen (excellent), New Helvetia’s Buffalo Craft Lager (also excellent, plus it’s local!) and their Biergarten Blonde “house beer,” which is brewed by Lost Coast. The highlight was that one of our favorite sour ales, Duchesse de Bourgogne, tasted oh-so-good on draft (we usually get it out of the bottle at other local craft beer bars). Next time we return, we’ll order one of their sandwiches that come served on a waffle! Sounds weird, but we saw a couple come out of the kitchen and they looked delicious.

And while we know we desperately need some rain, you really can’t argue that this weather lately is absolutely perfect for owner Sean Derfield (he also owns River City Saloon in Old Sacramento) and his Biergarten team to open up their outdoor eatery. So as long as this abnormal weather sticks around, you might as well pop into the Biergarten to see what it’s all about and enjoy some brews and food with friends. Bring your pup, too, as they are dog friendly. For more information, visit or To view a frequently updated list of what’s on tap, visit

    Jonathan Carabba

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