Everyone knows how to kick off lent Mardi-Gras style, but going crazy with booze and beads isn’t the only game in town. East Village bar Zum Schneider has been playing host to a Karneval festival for the past few days, and as part of the ongoing shindig they are serving up Hofbräuhaus Traunstein's special Lent beer. As with many beer labels, if monks are behind it, you know it must be good. This stuff was traditionally brewed in monastaries in the end of December, and lagered for six to eight weeks. The brew contains a higher alcohol level than the average label, as it had to be preserved through the 40 day fast. So, this stuff will get you tipsy on Fat Tuesday – not too shabby.
Oh, and that fasting business is out the window these days, it’s not like Zum is going to turn off the taps once Lent starts, so you get to have all the fun with none of the pain. Suh-weet.
Zum Schneider is located at 107 Avenue C.