Herman ze German launches beer bar at new restaurant

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A bar specialising in German beers has opened in the basement of the latest branch of sausage restaurant group Herman ze German in London.

Styled as a traditional beer house, Ze Basement Bar (pictured) in Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, offers a 14-strong selection of good-quality German beers.

They include Herman’s Market Brew, the restaurants’ house beer, created by founders Azadeh Falakshahi and Florian Frey with a local brewery in their home town in the Black Forest.

Ze Basement Bar also has draught beers from German brewer Paulaner Munich including Paulaner Helles, a golden blond, full-bodied and slightly hoppy premium larger, and Paulaner Weissbier, a refreshing and tingly beer.

Herman ze German, which opened in Fitzrovia in October, has also expanded its bottled beer selection with a seasonal rotational menu including Rothaus lager, Augustiner Helles and Augustiner Edelstoff. There is also the German soft drink range Fritz Kola.

Ze Basement Bar also doubles up as an entertainment space for comedy gigs, acoustic nights and screenings.

All three Herman ze German bars in Soho, Charing Cross and Fitzrovia have introduced a beer and wurst pairing menu for the festive season.

It offers visitors a glass of mulled wine or prosecco on arrival, followed by four rounds of German sausages, all washed down with beer, and ending with a Jägermeister pudding. The set menu is available for parties of six or above, priced £25 per person.

Pairings include Chilli Wurst with dark wheat beer Hacker-Pschorr while the restaurants’ best-selling Winter Wurst Special, a bratwurst with chunky pieces of apple and onion in a bread roll, has been matched with Rothaus Tannenzapfle lager.

The third course is Herman’s gluten-free Bockwurst paired with wheat beer Andechs Bier and the finale is Herman special Christmas Currywursy & Pommes – a twist on Herman’s curry sauce with added cardamom and cinnamon – paired with Herman’s Market Brew.

Herman ze German was founded by Florian and Azadeh when they opened the Villiers Street outlet by Charing Cross station, going on to open in Old Compton Street, Soho, in summer 2013.

They specialise in fresh, free-range sausages from the Black Forest in three varieties: Bratwurst, Chilli Beef and Brockwurst. The choice of toppings include sauerkraut and onions, while its chips are baked instead of fried.

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