Hometown Impressions

Beer hall taps into communal dining

Olde Town beer hall opens with community intrigue and support

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Once a music hall locally known for its stage and acoustics, the space at 7519 Grandview has been transformed from its days as the DNote. Now an open layout, the hall has several long, wooden communal tables and a bar in the middle, in front of a rustic, intentionally unfinished, Kli Beer Hall sign. Soft, upbeat music — Celtic, classic rock, or bluegrass — serves as a backdrop to the conversation.

Yes, Kline's Beer Hall at happy hour seems well suited for sitting, relaxing and talking with friends and friendly strangers.

“I like local points, and the spicy polish sausage is really good,” Littleton's Bob Bruso said of his first visit. “It's got a similar style to Wurstküche (beer and brat restaurant) in Denver.”

“It has a hometown feel — and we like beer,” said Toni Shaw, a fan of the DNote music hall and now one of Kline's, as she sat at one of the communal tables with family and friends.

“We love it,” Arvada businesswoman Tereza Straussen said as she sipped Staropramen, a Czech beer. “It'll fill the void of the DNote.”

“We're out of beer,” Ryan Lapp, Kline's general manager joked with the folks at the bar “But you know what that means, Whiskey!”

On a recent evening, anywhere from one to six people sat at the tables, enjoying beer and brats, talking and fostering community with those around them. A variety of beer floated around the room, from six-month Colorado standards to one-keg drafts of local and national favorites.

“We're here selling flavors — there's no TVs, just a simple menu,” Lapp said. “It's about what comes out of those taps.”

True to the beer hall theme, the German-inspired menu included freshly baked Bavarian pretzels and other European favorites.

“They've got beer, lots of beer,” Straussen said. “Oh, and the cheese — they've got fried cheese — it's just like it is in Czech.”

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