What’s your comfort food? What allows you to sit back, relax, and exhale deeply after a long day of work (or maybe a long day of dealing with the kids)? Do you gravitate toward Southern soul food? Maybe a big heaping bowl of Italian pasta is your go-to? Perhaps you’d prefer to curl up with a half-gallon of ice cream and just eat until you’re comfortable and your mouth is showing early signs of frostbite? Everyone has food that helps relax them and puts them at ease. Sometimes it’s not strictly food. There are those who prefer to pair a glass of malbec with their triple chocolate ice cream, while others just like the first burning sip of a Scottish single malt after everyone else has gone to bed. Or, if you’re a beer fan, a tall, frosty glass of your favorite German beer, complete with comforting sausages, pretzels, and everything else designed to help put your mind in Bavaria. If that sounds like you and you’re in metro Phoenix, good news because a new beer hall and restaurant is opening in about a month.
If you are a fan of the local beer scene, you probably know of Wren House Brewing Company. The local brewing company has heavily invested in producing quality lagers. Now, only a few years ago you would have never seen microbreweries pumping out lagers. Why? Because lagers are cold fermented and, more importantly, take longer to make. For companies with limited space and brewing equipment, it often makes more sense to focus on ales, as these are warm fermented and don’t take as long to pump out (they also don’t have the shelf life either). Thankfully, craft breweries have started creating lagers, which allow you to enjoy the quality of a craft beer while knocking back a few chilled, refreshing lagers.
Wren House Brewing Company is combining its love for its own lagers with that of German imports, all with a new beer hall located at 4025 East Chandler (the Ahwatukee area of South Phoenix) called Wren Südhalle (translates to the Wren South Hall). Unlike other locations, this will be the first beer hall opened by the brewery that has an actual kitchen. The menu itself will feature BBQ, as well as some other German bar food favorites.
There is no exact date set for when it will open, but plans are for it to be ready for the general public sometime in July.