Zoiglhaus Brewing Company is located on SE 92nd Avenue (near Foster) in Portland, Oregon.
The Lents neighborhood used to be an area no one would recommend heading to. Lots of dilapidated housing, graffiti, just a very ghetto area. In the last year or so, it's undergone a transformation. More new, modern buildings are being developed.
Zoiglhaus brings traditional German food and beer to the area, but will also include salads and pizzas. Spacious interior.
The Bier Cheese Spaetzle ($7) starts with hand-made spaetzle (dumplings that look like pasta strands) covered in bier cheese. You can add ground sausage or sliced sausage for $3 more. The sausage is made in house. Well seasoned spaetzle, and it's definitely worth getting the extra protein on there.
The Sausage Platter ($13) includes two house-made sausages, their house-made sauerkraut, and house-made warm potato salad. This is pretty much their signature dish. There is a rotating selection of sausages; when I went, they had bratwurst and a bacon-gouda sausage. Both were excellent. At the end of the day, I preferred the bratwurst. I suggest putting some stone ground mustard on top as well.
I'll have to try the pizza and the sandwiches next time. In particular, the Reuben sandwich ($12) has my name on it.
Beer thirty is obvious here. I was actually surprised to see that Zoiglhaus makes IPAs, as I usually don't associate IPAs with Germany (although I guess there is a Belgian IPA for close proximity). Apparently, people on Beer Advocate do say German IPAs exist.
The Haus IPA (6.2% and 75 IBU) is well balanced with some floral and tropical notes.
Since I went on National Root Beer Float Day (August 6), I had to get their root beer float. Unfortunately, the root beer I got was flat. Vanilla ice cream was good, though.
Head to Zoiglhaus for some great German food and beer! 7.5/10
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