This is an interesting story in the Los Angeles Time during a week awash in green beer and all things Irish:
Last month, Angelenos saw the debut of nighttime hangs SteingartenLA and Berlin Currywurst, and in the coming months at least two more spots serving up German-themed late-night thrills — Kai Loebach's Currywurst on Fairfax and Wurstkuche Venice — are rushing to meet the demand for "drunk" (for the drinker) food and imported craft beers. Those are all coming on the heels of an only-in-L.A. German-Korean hybrid pub called Biergarten that opened last year in Koreatown. And later this year, two of L.A.'s hottest bar owners, Mark and Johnny Houston, (La Descarga, Harvard & Stone) are opening a beer garden-themed bar that pays homage to a former tenant, Vienna Hofbrau, on Sunset Boulevard.
We are lucky in our small city to have a German restaurant with an odd little patio hidden out back near a multi-story parkade which give the effect of creating a hot spot that no one looks into. I am happy to admit that, as with sour beer, I learned about German beer far after I started writing this blog. I still know little but I do know that a weisse is a very welcome thing. But I don't know what makes a place actually "German" as opposed to faux German. The story speaks of a large communal table as well as "cozy communal" tables... whatever that is. Maybe a large table made for 20 but surrounded by 30 seats.