by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com
Zero music this past weekend. Blame Krug Park, where I had my inaugural visit Saturday night, figuring (correctly) that the place wouldn’t be crowded, what with the Huskers playing (For those of us who don’t follow the Big N, Husker Saturdays provide a whole new realm of dining possibilities previously unattainable on a typical Saturday night — there is no better time to get a table at that restaurant you’ve been dying to try).
For those who haven’t been there, Krug Park, located right across the street from The Waiting Room in Benson, boasts sixty-some beers on tap and tons more in bottles. No, you won’t find a Rolling Rock or Bud Light in the place, instead you’ll find a collection of local, regional and world beers that will make your head spin (literally). It’s a beautifully designed space, with a huge bar, comfortable low booths and tall stools along the front window that look out at the mothership across the street. Lighting is moody and fantastic; the music is tasteful jukebox stuff at a perfect sound level — loud enough to get your feet tapping, but not too loud as you can’t hear the person sitting across from you (However, I don’t know if that’s true when they’ve got a packed house).
My first thought when handed the rather large menu was to try an espresso or coffee beer, but the lovely barmaid who served us said those beers are apparently “out of season” (coffee out of season?). Instead I started with a pint of Rogue Chocolate Stout that was like drinking a slice of German Chocolate cake. Rich and tasty, but 16 oz. is way too much. Lovely barmaid suggested I follow it with a Delirium Nocturnum, which came in a brandy snifter-type glass and was fruity and full bodied and delicious. And potent. My head began to swim before I drained the glass. Now you know why I didn’t make it to any shows Saturday night.
This beer is pricey stuff. The pint was $5.50; the smaller snifter-sized glass was $7+. But what can I say, it tasted better than Rolling Rock (and was much more potent). Definitely good times. My only question was how the Krug beermasters manage to offer that many different on-tap beers without any getting stale. Or maybe they’re turning 60 half-pony kegs a week. Who knows. All I know is my beer was fresh and frothy and good. And that I’ll be back. Check out their website for a full menu and drink specials.
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I still drinking Rolling Rock. And one of the best places to get one is at O’Leaver’s, where tonight Noah Sterba and the Cocktails and Family Picnic perform with Philly experimental combo Hermit Thrushes. $5, 9:30 p.m.
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