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A New Wave of Beer and Sausage Halls Is Hitting Denver

Are large-scale, German-style beer gardens the new burger joint in the dining scene?

Rhein Haus Seattle
Rhein Haus Seattle

Beer and sausage halls are not a new concept—Denver has already welcomed places like Euclid Hall and Prost Fine Beer and Sausages—but restaurateurs are expanding on the idea with four new establishments, all massive in size. Here's a look at what's to come.

On the verge of opening is Wurstküche, an L.A.-based sausage grill that's coming to 2036 Broadway. The location is in a triangle-shaped building that previously housed the Rockaway Tavern, and will feature two stories, including an outdoor patio and garden space. Look for a menu that offers classic, gourmet, and exotic sausages, in addition to Belgian-style fries with dipping sauces and, of course, a large selection of beer. An additional and separate bar will open at a later time.

Griffin, which will arrive in RiNo at the Industry development in the coming months barring delays, is the brainchild of restaurateur Robert Thompson, who is also behind Punch Bowl Social and Argyll Whisky Beer. Thompson has tapped chef John Broening for the kitchen and is planning a serious beer program. The location at 3001 Brighton Boulevard will boast 5,500 square feet of space, plus a 2,500-square-foot outdoor beer garden. To complement the 40 beers on tap, food will have influences from Germany, Denmark, and Turkey.

Where Old Chicago's flagship location vacated at 14th and Market streets earlier this year will come the 6,000-square-foot Rhein Haus. Targeting an opening date of April 2015, the Bavarian beer hall is owned by a Seattle-based duo with four other restaurants. Sausages are a staple of the menu, and bocce ball courts add an entertainment element while patrons enjoy German, Austrian, and local brews. A rooftop patio is also in the works.

After closing his fine dining spot in the Hotel Teatro downtown, chef and restaurateur Kevin Taylor has announced plans for a yet-to-be-named beer hall and eatery. No word yet on if it will highlight sausages and other German fare, but the concept will anchor a corner of the upcoming 100,000-square-foot Stanley Marketplace in Aurora.

· Wurstküche Gears Up For Opening in Ballpark [EDen]
· The Griffin, a German Beer Hall From Robert Thompson and Chef John Broening, Will Open in RiNo [EDen]
· Kevin Taylor To Open New Restaurant and Beer Hall [EDen]