Portabello mushroom schnitzel: There's a beer for that.
Pommes frites in bacon dust: There's a beer for that, too.
Marshall Urstadt knows which, and his passion is helping people pair hot food with cold brews at his new downtown eatery, the Bier Haus.
After his last restaurant, the popular Chiriya's Thai Cuisine on the southside, closed in December, Urstadt got to work pursuing his next project. (Chiriya's has since re-opened in Thunderbolt, but Urstadt is not connected to the venture.)
"I wasn't going to re-open mainly because I didn't want to do any more Thai food," Urstadt said. "I had enough of that. I'd been dreaming about doing what I'm good at. I know craft beer and cooking with beer, and I traveled a lot in Europe, so I know a lot of European cuisines."
The Bier Haus is home to 20 taps, 10 of which are dedicated to Belgian brews. Six of the taps run German beers, and rest feature other international beers.
The gastropub also features one stout that runs beer gas to make for a creamier head and smoother sipping.
The selections rotate, so good-beer hunters can find plenty of reasons to stay thirsty.
"Obviously, there's a market for craft beer," Urstadt said of Savannah. "But, of course, there are not too many places that can mesh good food with good beer."
There's also plenty of wine on the shelves, but no hard liquor.
Given the downtown location, Urstadt wanted to create a menu that caters to Savannahians and visitors who just want a bite and a beer as well as those who want a full-on meal.
"Belgian food is wonderful and light," he said. "German food is heavy, so you're going to have the gamut for people who are really hungry or just want something light, you know, come to the bar and have a couple of snacks."
Menu items include mussels prepared with a variety of beer and other ingredients, cheese boards, sausages, schnitzel, roast pork and even some vegetarian goodies, among other offerings.
And then there's dessert. The Bier Haus has some decadent options for satiating your sweet tooth - German Black Forest stout cake and Belgian waffles topped with all the heavy toppings, to name a couple. You can even wash away the guilty feeling with a glass boot of craft beer afterward.
While the food might be old world in origin, the Bier Haus cooks like to keep the ingredients fresh.
"Our food is rotational, seasonal," Urstadt said. "Half the menu's made with beer. Our food is cooked down with beer just to get that uniqueness of the place. We have a lot of traditional simple food, you know, a lot of fresh ingredients."
Urstadt said he wants the restaurant to earn a reputation as a place to get simple but tasty food that pairs well with beer and wine.
Business has been steady since the doors opened early summer, and has boomed since the Bier Haus secured its alcohol license early last month.
"We hope everybody wants to give us a try just to try something new," Urstadt said. "Try our new traditional old world charm."The Bier Haus
What: Belgian, German, seafood and vegetarian food, craft beer and wine; lunch and dinner
Where: 513 E. Oglethorpe Ave., in Market East Plaza near Screamin' Mimi's and Ta Ca Sushi & Japanese Fusion
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m. Sunday
Info: To learn more, go to the Bier Haus' website or like them on Facebook.