Events downtown

May 16

Kölsch Day – Bissell Brothers
Location: 38 Resurgam Pl, Portland, Maine 04101, US
3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Kölsch Day has arrived at Bissell Brothers Portland! Reserve your seats by choosing one of the three time slots below along with the number of guests in your party. Please be sure that only one member of your party makes reservations for your entire group to ensure optimum seating (maximum of 6 per party).

PLEASE NOTE: Kölsch Day service is only available for guests ages 21 and over.

How does Kölsch Service work?
A host will greet your group at the entrance and seat you at a table appropriate to your party size.

A beer runner will then begin delivering continuous rounds of SchluckeBrau (Kölsch-style ale) with each beer being marked on a special Kölsch themed coaster. This traditional service method involves presenting SchluckeBrau in 6.8 oz Stanges which will be automatically re-filled until guests place their coasters on top of their glass indicating they are finished. Your server will then tally the final bill based on the number of coaster marks.

A commemorative German- inspired food menu prepared by Chef David Rinaldi and the Bissell Brothers Kitchen will be available to order through a server direct to your table.

For guests who do not wish to participate in our Kölsch Day celebration, the elevated mezzanine and outdoor patio spaces are reserved for normal taproom service. Additionally, The Garden will be open to all-ages for the entire day featuring German food specials, kids menu, and our extensive beverage selection!

About Kölsch

Kölsch is a unique beer style produced in and around Cologne, Germany since 875 A.D. It is a top-fermenting ale that is conditioned cold like a lager and holds a protected geographical status within the European Union, similar to Bordeaux, Chianti, or Champagne. Regional beer styles, an ingrained part of German culture, include Kölsch. In 1603, in response to competition from bottom-fermented lagers, the Cologne city council enforced brewers to swear an oath to protect their top-fermenting way of life. By 1750, Cologne’s brewers had developed the hybrid style, now recognized as modern Kölsch.