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At Scottsdale's Brat Haüs, the Food Complements the Beer, Not the Other Way Around

Brat Haüs is the Scottsdale version of a beer hall: clean, comfortable, and with an outdoor area peppered with picnic tables, potted plants, and strings of bistro lights that usually fills up before the two, tiny indoor spaces do.

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Here, nearly 30 beers on tap and almost 40 in bottles and cans aim to satisfy the city's legion of craft beer lovers. And with the suds come the grub -- courtesy of Brat Haüs partner and chef Payton Curry (Digestif, Caffe Boa).

Curry's locally focused menu of homemade sausages, German specialties, and house-pickled fare pairs well with the sour, fruity, hoppy, and rich flavors of its brewed brethren. But for all of Curry's efforts -- some stellar and others less so -- the food complements the beer, and not the other way around.

Which isn't to say there aren't good dishes to be had.

Here's an excerpt from this week's review:

"If you really want a sausage, go all out and order up some first-rate currywurst. An interpretation of Germany's traditional proletarian snack of sliced pork sausage doused in a curry-tomato sauce, chef Curry's is a full-size meal. Featuring two juicy, jumbo-size pork sausages coated in his signature curry ketchup atop crispy, sliced heirloom spuds, this piled-high plate of potatoes and meat nearly begs to be washed down with an equally hearty German ale."

Hungry for more? Read my full review of Brat Haüs in Scottsdale.

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