Here’s a fun drinking option if you’re heading to the Pixies/TV on the Radio show or anything else in Asbury Park this summer — Andy Ivanov, a founder of Williamsburg’s Radegast Beer Hall, has converted a former Lerner’s department store into a massive beer garden.
The formula follows that of Radegast: 6,000 square feet of old-timey indoor space (there’s a 150-year-old Pilsner Urquell beer tower) matched with 9,000 square feet of outdoor space, though in this case the outdoor space is on the roof. There will also be a stage that regularly hosts live bands (look out, Stone Pony). The drinks menus offer 29 beers on tap, 50 to 60 by the bottle, beer cocktails, European wines, schnapps, and ciders.
The food menu — featuring Bavarian pretzels, oysters cooked in sauerkraut and pretzel crumbs, schnitzels, wursts, and the like — is courtesy of James Avery, who did a turn on Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen a couple of years ago.
Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten, 527 Lake Ave., Asbury Park, NJ, 732-997-8767