At David's suggestion, we moved to Loreley, a German Biergarten at 7 Rivington Street on the Lower East Side. The place was busy, but we were quickly seated inside. Soon a bench opened up in the biergarten and we relocated to a bench outside. The night was warm and pleasant and the place was abuzz.
Dan and I started with a Köstritzer Schwarzbier, a smoky black beer that the menu described as "surprisingly light and fresh." After taking a sip, Dan thought it was "a little too light." Read the fine print, Danny! I liked it, but it was a little light on the mouthfeel.
A Würst plate followed, basically two hotdogs and potato salad which slaked the appetite ein bischen. For the entree, I had a Käsespätzel mit Speck (cheese noodles with bacon), yum!
We were sooon joined by Karen, Joe and Terry. Let me see if I have this straight: Karen and Joe are architects who work together, and Terry and Karen are best friends from high school in Florida. Karen's from the Philipines, but lives in Texas, and Terry is married and from Boston. They were all going back to Joe's place for the night in Hoboken? Obviously, it's hard to keep the details straight when you're in your steins... Anyway, even though the stories were confusing, they were fun to talk to.
I ended the night with an Erdinger Dark, a nice brown ale that was rich and malty. yum! A nice finish to a pleasant evening. Hardly an epic night, but entertaining and fun times with good buds that will go down in the annals as a worthy DNO.