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.
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.
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 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.