For years, father and son restaurateurs Hans and Philipp Sitter have enjoyed a loyal following at their nationally acclaimed Pearland restaurant, King’s Biergarten, and now they’ve brought their take of German-inspired food, beer and good humor to the Heights.
Order from the walk-up counter shaped like a giant beer barrel and catch a glimpse of the custom mural on the way inside. The generously sized space features all the expected trappings of a classic European bierhaus including a 9,000 square foot landscaped outdoor beer garden complete with a waterfall and stream, benches, hanging chairs, a ping-pong table, colorful murals and outdoor bar.
Inside, find a 400-seat beer hall offering heavy planked communal tables, a large bar, and table or booth options for smaller parties. Look for pop culture quotes and lyrics painted on the walls, which are intended to poke gentle fun at the harsh sounds of the German language: Journey, Drake and others get representation.
In terms of food, the menu draws on favorites from the first restaurant while introducing modern takes on popular dishes. Start with a giant beer pretzel or Bavarian fried pickles before moving on to greens like the kale jalapeno or red salad featuring fresh pomegranate, watermelon and feta. Heavy mainstays range from the grilled cheese on a Slough Dough pretzel, the “inglorious bastard” fried chicken schnitzel sandwich, and create-your-own wurst combo from 14 different sausages, multiple buns and a bevy of toppings. Up the ante with three new fry options including the Oktoberfest-inspired version smothered in a cheddar-bacon bier-sauce.
Thirty taps are on offer, 18 of which are German, four more of which are dedicated German Monastery Brewery taps and include five of the world’s highest rated beers such as Weinstephaner Vitus, produced by the world’s oldest brewery. Lest beer get all the glory, also look for exclusive German and Austrian wines, an impressive whiskey selection, an extensive schnapps program, and specialty cocktails like the playful 99 Luftballoons, a drink that comes with its very own balloon.
Beginning May 21, check out a full calendar of nightly events like a bike & running club, live music, and “roulette whiskey” during which every spirit on the wheel is $5, regardless of its normal price.
King’s BierHaus is now open for dinner service, with plans to add lunch and brunch in the coming months. Step inside the brand new beer-drenched spot courtesy of Eater photographer Ellie Sharp.