Decided to try this restaurant out with my lady for our 4th anniversary. Needless to say, I couldn't have picked better.
The establishment itself is small, but cozy. Dimly lit dining area, candles, etc, but I could have used a bit more German decor. Ordered an Okocim Baltic Porter for my meal, and the waiter kindly poured it into a large, unbranded chalice. Had the bratwurst as an appetizer--quite good (the whole grain mustard is fantastic!). For my meal, I ordered the pork tenderloin, which was served on a bed of sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and some sort of honey glaze, and topped with thin-cut onion rings. Comfort food at its best. Not only was this meal comforting, it was delicious! My girlfriend's fish fillet was excellent as well.
On to the beer menu: ~4 taps of German lagers and ales and probably 20 different bottles. A few Okocim selections, as well as Ayinger, Einbecker, and Uerige. I had the Reissdorf Kölsch as an apertif, which went well with the thick chocolate torte for dessert.
Service was excellent, even as the restaurant became more crowded. Although the food is a little on the pricey side ($16-20 per entree), I almost want to call the prices "reasonable" because the food is that damn good. I'd gladly revisit this place again.
note: More of a "restaurant with a bar" than a "beer bar", but I felt the excellent German/E.European selection more than warranted a listing.
atmosphere: Located in/near downtown Raleigh, the restaurant sits next to an independent grocery store in a renovated railroad-warehouse district called Seaboard Station. The interior is very nice, certainly on the semi-formal side, but that doesn't preclude a small, cozy feeling. About 10 or so seats at the bar. Porch seating is also available. Reservations are probably a good idea.
quality: glassware is appropriate, and some beers are paired with specific logo glasses
service: quick, informative...pretty much the standard you'd expect from any nice restaurant
selection: There are usually 4 rotating taps and a selection of 17 bottles, all German or Eastern European craft beers that you'd be hard pressed to find at any other restaurant in the area, at least all in the same place. I've had a few Heller-Trum rauchbiers (including the helles on draft, though I just missed the Fastenbier) and various doppelbocks. A current beer list is available on the restaurant website.
food: I've eaten here on two occasions and have been very, very impressed. Most recently was the schnitzel, served with a fabulous dill cucumber salad, Austrian potato salad, and lingonberry sauce. The menu does rotate, so check online for the current selections.