This industrial-feeling beer hall’s lined w/ flatscreens, reclaimed Douglas fir wood, and more exposed bricks than a Ron Artest jump-shot clinic; boasts a 25-tap bar w/ brews including Duvel Green and Allagash Curioux; and adds burgers, schnitzels, and giant Bavarian pretzels to a mostly-sausage menu featuring unusual cased meats ranging from alligator & pork andouille, to tequila habanero chicken, to duck & bacon, w/ a combo of any three called a “Haus Party”, also a popular early ’90s movie in Germany featuring the rappers Kind ‘N Spielen.
After a not so simple nip/tuck, here’s the rejiggered interior of Hana Sushi, now soft open as BRÜ HAUS, or just “Bar” per exterior signage. This rustic/industrial little number is a project with chef Charlie Hwang (M Cafe) helming the kitchen. Beer obviously is the focus with 25 taps (Allagash Curieux, Duvel Green, Unibroue Maudite) plus 32 bottle choices, and the menu hits the alcohol-absorbing basics inclusive of exotic sausages and a burger. Smack-dab between Q’s and Cabo Cantina, this is one more place not to grab a vodka tonic.
You’ve spent months planning your holiday weekend party, amassing staggering quantities of sausage and beer. One problem: last night’s impromptu pre-holiday-weekend-party party. You’ve already consumed all the sausage and beer. Your solution: relocate your bash to Brühaus, a towering, sunlit hall of beer and brats, now soft-open on Wilshire.
With an industrial mix of concrete, steel and reclaimed Douglas fir, it’s got the welcoming-Westside-loft thing down. Gleaming beer taps. Exposed brick. Flat-screens.
Come sundown, this is where you’ll settle in with friends in the neighborhood who long ago outgrew Cabo Cantina next door, working your way through the dozens of beers from Germany, Belgium and the US by the bottle or pint. Some options: the dark Malheur 12 and the Flying Dog Raging Bitch. (Order that second one carefully.)
But they’re open all day starting at 11am, so this is also where you’ll want to abscond with coworkers for that afternoon lunch “meeting.” Claim a table with enough room for your baskets of unusual sausages (Alligator & Pork Andouille, Duck & Foie Gras), fries with Beetchup (it’s like ketchup, but made from beets) and your laptops—they’ve even got free wi-fi.
In case your “meeting” really is a meeting.
My friends always want to go to dives or pubs after work, but I have a secret… I’d rather get drunk on food than on brews. So when I discovered BRU HAUS, I was really stoked because they serve a lot of interesting craft brews for my drunkard coworkers, but they also have excellent food for fatties like me.
Take your pick from Bockwurst, Creole Turkey, Paesano Spicy Italian, Vegan Mexican Chipotle or Vegan Smoked Apple Sage. I tried a few samples at the BRU HAUS Grand Opening Party, and they were all delish. I absolutely love the pretzel bun they make. It probably has a giant stick of butter Paula-Deen-style in each bite, but I’m not one to complain.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, perhaps you can try the Duck & Foie Gras sausage, or Tequila Habanero Chicken, Alligator & Pork, Duck & Bacon or American Knockwurst. The Duck & Bacon was one of my favorites. But I’ll let you in on another little secret – the American Knockwurst is amazing (I know, I know – but I amGerman so I feel like I can say this with a little bit of integrity. It’s really good.).
The best part of the whole experience is trying all of the different dipping sauces, from Beetchup (BRU HAUS’s alternative to ketchup – ketchup made from beets), Sweet Sambal Aioli, Jalapeno Ranch, a wide variety of mustards, etc.
Pomme Frites / Sweet Potater Tots
Mmm, the fries and sweet potato tater tots were superb. Definitely a great app to share with a group of friends after a long day at the office.