by Matt Kelchner
We mean this in the best way possible. U-Bahn sits underneath Brü Craft and Wurst, the German styled bar and restaurant located at the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. Owned and operated by the same people behind their upstairs neighbors, U-Bahn also shares the same influence. The space is themed after the German subway system that goes by the same name. U-Bahn debuted last Thursday afternoon and this Saturday the new underground spot plays host to it’s very first party featuring one of our favorite local breweries.
Weyerbacher: Some Things Old, Some Things Nouveau kicks of at 2 PM and the Weyerbacher Brewing Company will be pouring a mix of old and new, fresh and aged brews, including several limited offerings:
Pariah: Super-rare sour and wild ale featuring tart wheat blended with Merry Monks with Brett aged in wine barrels. (Only three barrels of Pariah were made)
Tarte Nouvea: Sneak preview of new session sour, official release later in spring of 2015
Last Chance IPA – Kegged within two weeks of tapping.
Heresy, Insanity – Vintage 2013
Merry Monks, Blithering Idiot (These two need no introduction)
Althea: Abbey Dubbel with plum; portion of proceeds benefit breast cancer patients
Make sure you come early because once these kegs are kicked, they’re gone!
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U-Bahn may continue the German themes from Brü Craft and Wurst but when it comes to the beer selection, it stays close to home. The Pennsylvania-centric tap list will rotate based upon style and side more towards German styles. Breweries from around the state will send specials kegs that will only be found at U-Bahn. In keeping with the local flavor, the wine list will spotlight the Keystone State and the cocktail program will use local liquors and ingredients. U-Bahn rounds out at 18 taps total, and splits them between two bars.
A side from a killer beer selection, U-Bahn will offer a wide arrange of food options. The menu will include cheeseboards, house-made pickles, old school bar snacks, unique plays on sandwiches and daily/weekly specials. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available throughout the menu. And just the like the beverages, there will be a major focus on local ingredients.
In addition to an incredible tap selection, fantastic food items and arcade machines, music will also play a major role at U-Bahn. A fifteen-foot stage with state-of-the-art sound system that will be stomping ground for established and local emerging talent will be located towards the far end of the bar. The stage will play host to wide range of styles from rock to bluegrass, jazz and reggae, and everything in between. As we (hopefully) inch closer to spring, look for music three to five nights per week.