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Ballston’s New German Beer Hall Opens With 5 Types of Wurst

Bronson Bier Hall sells brats by the pound and has 16 beers on tap

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Meats from Bronson Bier Hall
Meats from Bronson Bier Hall
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Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Bronson Bier Hall opens today with a hearty, fall-friendly food menu to remind beer drinkers that Oktoberfest is right around the corner.

Schnitzel, fish ‘n chips, and a half-rotisserie chicken round out the entrees section.
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The 6,000-square-foot German beer hall, which replaces the rowdy A-Town Bar and Grill, brings Old World flair and dozens of brews to Ballston’s guzzle-happy corridor (4100 Fairfax Drive). Bronson is the latest project from prolific Northern Virginia chef Mike Cordero, who co-owns and operates G.O.A.T., Don Tito, Barley Mac, and Bronx Pizza.

There are carbs to soak up alcohol right out of the gate, with a giant Munich pretzel ready to dunk in beer cheese. Another woven braid is actually stuffed with cheese. Starters also include pierogis, loaded bacon-topped waffle fries, and grilled bourbon barbecue wings.

A front-and-center sausage station sells raw meats by the pound diners can grill themselves at home. Links ordered on-site land on a bun, topped with grilled onions, bell peppers, and house mustard, alongside German potato salad, sauerkraut, and more mustard.

The German beer on tap includes Munich’s Hofbräuhaus, which also makes it way into a boozy vodka cocktail. There are 15 others drafts, followed by dozens of canned and bottled beers making up menu sections for malty, wheat, light and crisp brews.

The man behind the menu also has an eponymous Cordero wine label, telling Eater he shipped 800 cases last year to a sprinkling of NoVa restaurants last year. At Bronson, those California reds and whites play a starring role on the wine list.

Assorted cocktails ($11-$12) at Bronson.
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Beer mugs require two hands at Bronson.
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Oxtail cheddar jack cheese croquettes.
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Chef Mike Cordero.
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Bronson’s hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily. Here’s a look at its all-day offerings:

Bronson Bier Hall

4100 Fairfax Dr, Arlington, VA 22203