A pumpkin keg (the size of your head) sounds like something out of a scary teen movie, but turns out it is actually quite refreshing.
A biergarten in the middle of October—now that a moderate winter chill has set in early—might not seem like a great idea. But fortunately Loreley Beer Garden in the Lower East Side has a heated patio (and a large dining room and bar area in the front).
Halloween is one of those holidays that seem to creep up on you (har har) in that one day it feels like summer and we just had Labor Day…and then suddenly you realize you’re the only one without a costume and everyone else has plans.
A trip to Loreley will put you in the haunted holiday mood as the place is completely decked out with creepy (but kitschy) decor. They also offer a “pumpkin keg,” which is really what it sounds like: a pumpkin hollowed out with a tap installed, dispensing pumpkin beer.
Last week, Loreley kicked off the Halloween festivities with the seasonal debut of its pumpkin kegs. If you order these, I’d recommend having a large party as they can really hold a lot of pumpkin beer. But in a really nice gesture to guests last Wednesday night, the servers passed out cups of the pumpkin beer to everyone on the patio, free of charge.
Also good here: the pub grub. The fries are just what you’d want—although I did want more, in quantity. Not to mention the pommes rot weiss moniker on the menu was a just a tad much for what are very basic french fries. At the same time, I do recommend the cheddar jalapeno pretzel balls, which are large, warm, and not too cheesy. (That said, also not enough of them…)
And for non-beer lovers, there are plenty of wine options available. Now that it is cool in temperature, I can finally drink red wine again. (Personally, I preferred the Tempranillo Crianza 2014 and the California Cabernet Sauvignon Ramsay 2015 over the 2013 Pinot Noir Blauer, which is a bit surprising for me considering Pinot Noir is usually my go-to.)
One downside to the patio seating area: no doggos allowed. Happy Halloween!