Today, the Bohemian Biergarten, a European-style beer garden owned by Czech born Zdenek Srom, opened its doors in Boulder. This beer-centric hall occupies the space at 2017 13th Street in Boulder that was home to Shug's Low Country Cuisine and the longer lasting Trilogy Lounge prior to that that.
The Biergarten is about sharing a European-style beer, whether Czech, German, Austrian, or Belgian, in a casual and friendly atmosphere along side small plates and shared platers. The food has Czech influences but it is adapted to the time and place. "Czech and middle-European cuisine is what some call food for digging holes," chef Matthew Walker-Bannon said. Those heavy dishes get a makeover. The menu includes a variety of sausages like the signature bratwurst with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, but also salads like the beets with radishes and blue cheese crumbles and soups like the beer and onion soup.
Pretzels are a big part of the grub here as they work great with beer. The team at the Bohemian Biergarten researched extensively to find the best pretzel in the land and it settled on the lye-dipped pretzels made by local baker Brad Lapin. Those make an appearance in the Swiss raclette and Kirsch cheese dip with pretzel dippers.
Pretzels aside, guests can expect to see dishes ranging from the Hungarian beef goulash with herb dumpling to the housemade headcheese with cucumber salad and red onion pickle and the beer-battered mackerel with rosti potatoes and sauce tartare. Lunch will be a selection of more familiar dishes to allow those taking a break from work to order quickly from a selection of comforting dishes that include four soups, four sandwiches, and two salads.
Elements of the space along the walls were kept for their authentic older character. The rustic feel of the space is enhanced with 100 year old antiques, including lighting and the railing. The large community tables were crafted from 150 year old reclaimed wood purchased in New York and the flooring and some of the walls include pine beetle kill wood. With much attention to detail, this beer hall has an authentic feel and a very comfortable vibe.
What else can you expect at the Bohemian Biergarten? Live music, themed nights- a Polka night will occuppy Wednesday evenings, for example, and a TV projector where European sports will be screened occasionally. Also, every night until 1:30 a.m. a grill master will man the semi self-serve grill where guests get to pick a sausage that gets cooked for them on the spot.