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06-04-2011, 10:54
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http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_OkzeQsBwBI/TZxDJCZ_XaI/AAAAAAAACzs/qcQMC0rx2q4/s200/1516.png (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_OkzeQsBwBI/TZxDJCZ_XaI/AAAAAAAACzs/qcQMC0rx2q4/s1600/1516.png)When we walked into the somewhat austerely named 1516 Brewpub, I was immediately aware that despite superficial sameness, I was not, as I often am, in Germany, but non rheinheitsgebot Austria. A huge and almost physical wave of new world hop aroma enveloped me me and almost catapulted be back into the street. They were brewing and C hop aromas were billowing forcefully from the brewery. I was happy. This was very promising. 1516 is the most innovative by far of the many brewpubs in this lovely city. Down a fairly nondescript side street, it has a nice outside seating area in front and is cozy and dark inside. Beware though. Even when fairly empty it is very smoky indeed and you may wish to choose where you sit outside carefully too, as there as inside, the smoker is omnipresent. Nonetheless we sat in the warm spring sunshine amid a huge crew of noisy French speaking Belgians, there to see there football team play Austria in the European Championship. There were two specials on. Eejit Stout is a roasty, dry and tasty number which was excellent but the stunning star of the show was the Victory Hop Devil take off, which was incredibly bitter and resinous and frankly, a bargain at €3.50 a half litre. Simply a cracking beer.

The beer list here changes frequently and I consider myself lucky to have encountered these two, which were as good for the style as I've drunk anywhere. Of course all cannot be without fault. E felt her unfiltered pils to be the usual trub laden mess. All the Belgians drank it though.

The food is fantastic here too and in very satisfying portions. https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8629758183547510158-5589751440088376392?l=tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.c om

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