First Look at Occidental Brewing Wursthaus – Opening Today

A view of the St. Johns Bridge from the Occidental Wursthaus patio

A view of the St. Johns Bridge from the Occidental Wursthaus patio

Occidental Brewing’s Wursthaus, one of our most anticipated openings of the year, offered a first look sneak preview last night. Opening TODAY in the same building as the brewery in the St. Johns neighborhood, the Wursthaus is a collaboration with Urban German Grill and is Occidental’s first foray into a full-service restaurant/pub.

A full table of German fare at the new Occidental Wursthaus

A full table of German fare at the new Occidental Wursthaus



Festival and beer event regular David Gluth and his Urban German Grill is the real deal for fans of classic Bavarian street food. Heading up the restaurant side of the new brewpub and putting the “wurst” in “Wursthaus” is a menu of straight up classics prepared perfectly with no frivolity. From an extensive selection of brats  to weisswurst, schnitzel, slow roasted pork loin, Swiss cheese fondue, and, of course, braised cabbage, pommes frites, warm potato salad, and pretzels. David says he is looking forward to doing more dinner specials featuring more obscure and/or less approachable German specialties that might not fly as quickly at his cart or pop-up at festivals.


The Occidental Wursthaus is in the same mixed use building as Occidental Brewing, just across the courtyard through a door and up a flight of stairs, providing a nice view of the tasting room. A good sized partially covered 2nd floor patio is a highlight, and actually is probably more square footage than the small interior. It also provides a solid view of Portland’s beautiful St. Johns Bridge.

Occidental Wursthaus patio

The patio gets a lot of sun and will soon have more seating with barrels or stand up tables along the railings. It’s also all-ages and family-friendly with room for the kiddos to run around outside in an enclosed space. Urban German even has a small two item kids menu.

The small interior pub of the Wursthaus has group tables, authentic brass and porcelain German draft tours, a stuffed elk head over the bar, and German signage and tackers. It’s counter service only, with just beer and no liquor, though it may soon offer German wine and hard cider by the can. Of course, a full selection of eight Occidental Brewing beers are on tap in 16oz or 20oz pints.

Occidental Wursthaus owners Ben Engler, David Guluth and Dan Engler

Occidental Wursthaus owners Ben Engler, David Gluth and Dan Engler

Occidental Wursthaus soft opens today, Tuesday August 2nd with regular hours 11am – 10pm, 7 days a week. Though in the coming weeks they will add morning hours just for coffee and pastries due to a lease agreement. They may even add weekend brunch in the near future.

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  • Julie
    Tue Aug 2, 2016 7:09 PM

    Please have a vegan option!

    • Ron
      Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:39 AM

      A vegan option would make no sense at a restaurant that seeks to bring the most authentic Bavarian restaurant experience to Portland. There are many dishes in the German culinary landscape that are meat-free (especially their salads and seasonal soups and vegetables) that can be made vegan, but that very very very few Americans know about. Perhaps they may do a vegan special at some time in the future but it is, after all, called The WurstHaus (the sausage house)

    • anon
      Thu Aug 4, 2016 6:21 PM

      No address included? Would love to check it out but have to know where!

      • Samurai Artist
        Samurai Artist
        Thu Aug 4, 2016 10:35 PM

        Its the same address as Occidental Brewing, so if you know where that is or look it up your there.