The Brewhaus Gastropub celebrates another fantastisch Oktoberfest
When it was announced that Volkswagen was going to build an assembly plant here in Chattanooga, it was cause for celebration. Lots of construction jobs would be created, lots of well-paid auto assembly jobs would be created, the local real estate market would see improvement, area retailers would have more customers—and the Scenic City might finally get an authentic German restaurant.
Four years ago this week, that last prediction came to fruition with the opening of the Brewhaus on Frazier Avenue on the North Shore. The restaurant has a rustic feel, similar to an old Bavarian pub, with bench seats and rough-hewn tables.
The patio out back has one of the best views of the Tennessee River and Lookout Mountain in the city. Dinner at sunset is a real feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
General Manager Michael Nolan, who has been with the eatery since it opened its doors, says German executives relocating here from Wolfsburg needed a great place to eat, drink and enjoy a taste of home...and their new home.
“A mixture of German food with kind of a Southern American twist,” is how Nolan describes the offerings at Brewhaus. “We have fun with it.”
An example of that fusion of cuisines is the list of entrees. There’s the Schnitzel Weiner Art, a traditional pork loin, pounded thin, breaded and sauteed, and then there’s the Rooster Schnitzel Art which is the same, but with a fried egg on top.
And one of their appetizers is the Southern-style Obatzada, house-made pimento cheese served with sour dough and sweet pickled beets.
On the libation side, Brewhaus has a number of draft beers on tap, from American craft beers to a rotating selection of imported German brews.
“The beers we keep in are Kromebacher, Schneiderweiss, Appleweiss, a pilsner and a hefe,” says Nolan. “Bottles are constantly rotating as well.”
Along with German cuisine, the Brewhaus also serves up a fair share of German culture. In fact, this Saturday they’ll be celebrating their Fourth Annual Oktoberfest. From 11 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. enjoy brats, beer and polka music. Then on Sunday come our and watch Ironman athletes pass by on Frazier Avenue with even more great food and drinks.
Starting at 5 p.m., enjoy classic German polka music from the Wurstbrats, a band made up of select members of Sweet Georgia Sound…the ones that look good in lederhosen. After that, Dan Pinson of The Communicators and Danimal Planet takes the stage at 8 p.m.
The Brewhaus has even created a special new dish that will be offered during Oktoberfest: Brewhaus Shanks. Imagine two 4-oz. smoked pork shanks served over a bed of sauerkraut and topped with caramelized onions, served with German potato salad and bier cabbage.
To make it even more of a treat, Nolan says you can get this plate of food, your first beer, a souvenir Oktoberfest stein and a T-shirt for only $40.
For the Oktoberfest celebration, the parking lot will be roped off, there will be beer trucks serving and games to play, including one called Hammerschlagen.
Yes, large nails are placed in a log and players all have a hammer. In succession, each player gets one whack at their nail. The first one to drive their nail all the way into the log wins.
Prizes will consist of half-liter boots, steins and other items.
224 Frazier Ave.
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Mon-Thu: 11 a.m. - Mid
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.