How To Have A Beer Hall Putsch
Prost in Lincoln Park

There is an old Roman legend dating back to the time of the Emperor Claudius, and it goes something like this. A Roman General while on campaign in a scorching desert found his army was running critically low on water. One of the locals suggested a sacrifice to some god or another to make it rain, but not just anything would be accepted as a sacrifice. Only beer, preferably dark beer. The general turned to his men hoping someone had decided to bring beer, and as it turns out, some of the Germans had packed beer for the expedition. The beer was sacrificed in the sands and sure enough the rains followed. The moral of the story? Germans love beer, but you probably already knew that.

Their language may be a mess, but the German people do have a few things figured out, and one of their greatest achievements was putting beer in liter tall mugs. Well now after a long time of being away, Prost is back in Lincoln Park to give you the full German beer hall experience.

Prost is quite a bit different from any other bar in the area. First off, there is the seating. There are very few bar stools, and no little, round evenly spaced cafe style tables that allow for the creation of an isolated microcosm for you and your friends. No, Prost utilizes the antiquated beer hall design. An isle separates two rows of long wooden benches that seat you next to strangers, and work with the beer to optimize the social experience, because that’s how the Germans view beer. It's something that promotes bonding, which is true. Hey, fist fighting can be considered bonding too!

On the menu you will find around 24 beers that come in sizes ranging from .3 liters all the way to the infamous das boot, which is of course another prime example of German ingenuity. You won't find Bud, Miller, or Coors anywhere on this menu, just a collection of heavy craft beers. Some domestic, but mostly European. So make sure to bring an empty bladder, because it will fill quickly.

The food is good, but there aren't a whole lot of options. You of course have your pretzels and cheese, and various kinds of wurst. There are of course more familiar options including burgers they put on pretzel bread, which is always a nice twist. For those of you looking to try something uniquely German, they offer schnitzel which always goes great with a side of spaetzle.

This article was of course laced with stereotypes seemingly at the expense of the German people, but they prove it's not necessarily a bad thing to drink beer all the time. It makes a person more jovial, and apparently really good at engineering (ok that was the last one). Head on over to Prost, raise your glass or boot in the air, and clink your glasses with the person next to you while you sing this little Bavarian drinking hymn:

Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gemütlichkeit
Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der
(Cheer!) Eins,
zweidrei, g'suffa!

Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke,

hoi, hoi, hoi
Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke,

hoi, hoi, hoi