Austrian chef recommends German Beers
What happens when you mix Mozart and Lou Reed?
We're not exactly sure what the musical mash-up would be, but this is how chef Kurt Gutenbrunner describes his own modern interpretation of classic Viennese cooking. His Michelin-starred restaurant Wallsé celebrates its tenth anniversary this July, and is the flagship of his multi-restaurant empire, which includes Blaue Gans, Cafe Sabarsky, and wine bar The Upholstery Store.
But when it comes to drinking beer, the Austrian-born chef prefers the Germans. Here are chef Kurt Gutenbrunner's picks:
Ayinger Bräu Weisse
A slightly tart and spicy wheat beer from Munich with hints of citrus, lemongrass and apple.
Bitburger Premium Pils
A refreshing Rhineland pilsner with a sharp hoppy nose and a sweet malt background. Kurt recommends pairing it with lighter sausages, like a bratwurst or weisswurst (white sausage).
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Dunkel
A soft and malty dark wheat beer from Freising with notes of citrus and caramel. Kurt's favorite for drinking with smoked sausages.
Try these beers in New York at Blaue Gans, The Standard Biergarten, and Zum Schneider, or buy them at Whole Foods and Bierkraft in Brooklyn. Get the details and other recommendations.