After closing up shop in January for renovations, FiDi German beer hall Schroeder's reopened last night with a whole new look, courtesy of new owners Andy Chun and Jan Wiginton (of Press Club fame). BCV Architects bifurcated the massive 120-year-old
space restaurant to allow for two distinct vibes: a front room (with the original rosewood bar) focused on brews and bar bites, and a back dining room that offers upscale German-influenced fare. The vintage murals and steins are intact, but the new space has more of a rough-hewn communal look, ideal for the FiDi beer garden crowds.
Manfred Wrembel (Plum, Incanto) concocted the bar and restaurant menus, the former offering pretzels and fries (with accompanying cheddar beer sauce), a charcuterie board, pickled eggs, a bratwurst, and a dry-aged cheeseburger to soak up the 21 draft brews curated by Master Cicerone Rich Higgins, some authentically German (like Schlenkerla rauchbier, Ritterguts gose, and Schonramer pilsner) and some California-made riffs on German styles (Magnolia kolsch, Gordon Biersch marzen, Trumer Pils). Cocktails come from Claire Jane Hunter (Future Bars), with takes on German classics like radlers and ingredients like kirschwasser and killepitsch; the wine list is equally heavy on German varietals, like riesling. Here's the full drinks menu.
In the back, Wrembel's food gets a bit more dressed-up, offering Cal-German innovations like corn and tomato spatzle, beets with pumpernickel and goat cheese, and a weiner schnitzel accompanied by fava beans and preserved lemon. Pork loin with sauerkraut and a dry-aged New York strip are heartier options. Here's the full food menu. Hours for Schroeder's are Monday-Friday, 11 am-10 pm, and Saturday, 5-10 pm.
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