This occasion we were fair game for discovering the heady beer delights of a new Brewery that arrived in town about 5 months ago – yes - a Brewery right in the heart of town – in fact, right next door to Alcazar Cabaret Theater on Second Road. It is aptly named Bierfest Restaurant and Brewery, because this Russian owned venue serves up a feast of delicious international (including Russian and Thai) dishes in their four storey contemporary restaurant. Not only that but they also create, on site in their ultra clean rear brewery, three different styles of home brewed German style ‘live’ beer: Lager, Stout and Wiesbeer, each with an average alcohol content of 4 to 5.5 percent. Here, one can drool over a mug of cool frothy brew whilst you learn and watch each step of how it is all made from scratch! Fine tasting Lager sells at 100 baht for 0.3 liter to 300 baht a liter. The Stout tastes sweet and medium bodied, very similar to (if anyone can remember) Mackeson Milk Stout! Both the Stout and the Wiesbeer (smokey flavoured wheat beer) sell at 130 baht a 0.3 liter glass and 350 baht a liter. Take advantage of the ongoing promotion of buy 2 liters and get 1liter free! Then to go with your lovely home brew – try a slice of homemade Rye or White Bread (15 baht a slice or 60 baht a loaf) or Pita bread at 25 baht to go with an excellent choice of Appetizers. Chew your way through a tasty Chiang Mai (spicy) Sausage (80 baht) or deep fried Chicken Wings (250 baht) or take pleasure from a Shrimp and Pomelo Citrus Salad or a classic Caesar Salad, both at 180 baht. Devour a juicy Kebab cooked outside on the BBQ grill at the terrace eating area, such as Pork at 280 baht, Beef or Salmon Steaks at 380 baht. Or go for a cut of top quality Beef Fillet Steak at 430 baht.
We nibbled away at a number of dishes from the menu. There was a first class Russian favourite, Borsch (Beetroot) Soup (120 baht) with a side order of Sour Cream and excellent butter coated meat Dumplings (100 baht). This was followed by another house favourite - Salted Cabbage and Cucumbers (50 baht) to accompany 3 homemade specialty country-style Pork Sausage offerings (380 baht); one spicy, one herby and the other with a higher fat content to produce a really flavorsome texture and mouth sensation. After a few more sips of the excellent brew it was time for two of the house specialties – Pork in Beer (380 baht) and a German style Pork Knuckle (450 baht). Both particularly good, but especially so was the cubed Pork Tenderloin cooked in Beer, because not only does the brew tenderize, but it brings out the full flavour of the meat. However, if you like a crisp crackly skin covering the juicy oven roast meat, then the Pork Knuckle is for you!
Another food and drink promotion is the 150 baht choice of 5 Set Menus which includes a glass of beer (until 7pm).
By the way, if beer is not exactly to your liking, then the house wines are good value at a mere 50 baht a glass! So, drink up me hearties, time for another round!
Bierfest is open every day from 4pm until 1am. Telephone: 087 749 7005.
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