It’s days like this when I’m so happy to be a blogger among a number of other bloggers who not only share my passion for writing, but also for sharing the gems of our community. Born and raised in New Jersey, it’s amazing to watch towns such as Red Bank and Asbury Park grow into destinations. After Red Bank’s successful blogger crawl, we got back together and went to Asbury Park.
Now, I lived in AP for a while, just recently moving a few minutes away. My heart was all about this crawl. When I first moved to AP, people joked that I should invest in a bulletproof vest (horrible, I know). Then they actually visited me there and saw just how much this seaside town has grown up. They still have obstacles, but with the support of innovators, artists, believers, and you and I, they’ll succeed because this town is too diverse to let it fail.
A Night Out At the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten
Have you been aching to go to Germany for Oktoberfest, but found that there’s not enough cash in your bank account to get your butt on a plane? Yea, I hear ya. Well, not to worry. Thanks to the Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, you’ll get an authentic biergarten experience all without leaving the states.
On any given night, the Germans take over Asbury Park and I don’t hear anyone complaining. In fact, this celebrated hot spot is loved by those of all ages. Every time I’ve gone, there’s a happy mixture of your hipsters, parents, grandparents, and everyone in between with a smile on their face from ear to ear.
Literally translating to “Feast Hall,” but best translated as “Festival Hall,” these popular festhalles can be found throughout German cities and towns, ranging in size from small to stadium sized. Now, there’s an outpost in Asbury Park that takes up 6,000 square feet, and that’s just on the inside. This year’s newly opened 9,000 square foot outdoor rooftop biergarten has proved to be just another draw for those who love beer.
From live polka music, to a list of beers that will make any beer expert swoon, and a menu that is just as mouthwatering as any five star restaurant, this German brick and mortar institution is a full on destination. Sit down with your new friends at one of the long wooden communal tables while you swing your stein back and forth.
Try out the infamous German Pretzel that is as large as your head and also go for the Blumenkohl. Fried cauliflower with a lemon caper aioli, paprika and parsley chips – just be sure to wait a couple of minutes so your mouth doesn’t get burnt! For those looking for a lot of ‘wuerste,’ try out the Bratwurst or go big with the Weiner Schnitzel served with potato and cucumber salat and lingon berry. They’ve even got the vegetarians covered with their Pliz Burger featuring portabella mushrooms, balsamic mustard, roasted pepper, arugula, and Swiss cheese.
But really, as much as we love the food, it’s the beer and the atmosphere that makes this place electric. I’ve become huge fans of the Stiegl (which also happened to be a favorite beer of Mozart’s), the DAB, which is still brewed in Dortmund, Germany using 1516 German purity laws, and the Braufactum Progusta IPA. But, really, no matter which beer you choose, you just can’t go wrong.
Most recently, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Germans at the Biergarten. It was in the middle of a chorus performed by Alex Meixner (if you get a chance, be sure to make a point to see them – lively, engaging, funny, heart thumping – the words just don’t give them justice), that I realized I could have been transported to Germany without even knowing. And when I asked them if this reminded them of home, they just smiled at me, nodded their head, and brought me in on the chorus. I took that as a JA!
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