The Beaver Brewing Company brings craft beer and American classics to Alsergrund
From the outside, the Beaver Brewing Company is just another bland masonry façade on the Liechtensteinstraße, washed smooth with new stucco, in a glow of evening light.
Inside, though, is another world, a wave of sensory indulgence: the savory aroma of burgers, pastrami sandwiches and fried chicken tenders coming out of the kitchen, mixed with the heady vapor of bubbling mash. A chalkboard with the current brews on tap hangs on the far wall as you walk into a rustic wooden interior with a tinge of industrial chic. The brewing vats bubble happily along an exposed brick wall in the back as Frank Sinatra’s voice floats out across the room.
At a dimly lit corner table, it’s time to order: India Pale Ale, oatmeal stout, or their flagship Beaver Blue Ribbon? This is a beer lover’s paradise.
David Beaver’s 20-year fascination with craft beer began back home in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the centers of indie brewers in the U.S. when a microbrewery opened nearby his alma mater. When he arrived in Vienna in 2013, he saw an opportunity.
“It was missing in the city, an American style microbrewery,” he remembered. Vienna’s Craft Bier Fest last fall, brought him up to speed. “And I thought, if I’m going to do this, I’m doing it now.” From there, it was merely a question of finding the right people and the right locale. He opened last November on the premises of a former Chinese restaurant where his aim was to make everyone feel welcome: “You can come in a suit and tie and not feel over dressed and come from the softball game in your uniform and not feel you’re sticking out.”
Located in the heart of the 9th district, Beaver Brewing Company faces the Liechtensteinpark, a short stroll away from the American and Swedish embassies. Attracting a mixed crowd of expats, locals, embassy staff and – unavoidably – a handful of hops hipsters, their menu features familiar American classics: burgers, sandwiches, salads, hot chicken wings and deserts served à la mode, as well as other regional beers and ciders – Brew Age, Schwarzbräu, Blak Stoc. While the recipes have been imported, the ingredients are almost all locally sourced. A science teacher by day, Beaver came instinctively from an environmental perspective and plans to cooperate as far as possible with regional farmers. BBC also serves as a sales gallery for local artists and an occasional venue for live music in the evenings.
Altogether there are six in-house beers and a rotating selection of guest brews, a weekly menu and vegan options. Main dishes (€8 – €13) are served with hand cut sweet potato or regular fries and a side of coleslaw, making for easy companions to the brew of your choosing. While the paint is still a bit too fresh to capture the lived-in, cozy neighborhood vibe it aspires to, it does succeed in creating a satisfying, casual atmosphere with suds that shine.
Beaver Brewing Company
9., Liechtensteinstraße 69
+43 677 61012253
Open Sun-Thu 11:30 – 24:00; Fri-Sat 11:30 – 1:00 (Kitchen closed 15:00-18:00)