Leave it to Philly restaurant guru Stephen Starr to see and remedy the shortage!
Starr just opened Frankford Hall, a German-style restaurant and beer garden in Fishtown.
It features mostly-German beers on tap and a menu that could satisfy diners from here to Bavaria. There are nine taps with a rotating selection of brews. Seven are from Germany. The others are German-style domestics.
The bar also produces beer-based cocktails. And there's a big selection of schnapps.
The kitchen serves up a menu that changes seasonally, but anchored by the sort of food you'd expect at a beer bar year-round.
Wursts are produced by Ilg's, a Bucks County farm specializing in German-style sausages.
The kitchen fresh-bakes huge soft pretzels to order. Of course, sauerkraut abounds.
Frankford hall seats up to 400 guests, mostly outdoors. And they plan to operate indoors and out year-round. To make that work, a network of high-tech lights and heaters has been installed.
Some sit next to the picnic-style tables. Overhead, the dining area is ringed with more heaters which blow warm air out over the patrons.
Frankford Hall is open weekdays at 4:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 Noon. For more information, visit their website, Frankford Hall or phone 215-634-3338.