Both Lake Tahoe and Northern Germany and Belgium have a few things in common: mountains, alpine lakes, snow and now a nice selection of food and beer. The Himmel Haus in South Lake Tahoe is a German restaurant and bierhaus that features a large selection of hearty beers and a Bavarian-inspired menu with a California twist.
Himmel Haus has several beers on draft — Photo courtesy of Himmel Haus Facebook
The restaurant serves local and sustainable products in their dining room filled with communal tables. Menu items include warm braided brötchen with mustard fondue sauce and bacon-onion jam for $6, traditional spaetzle with bratwurst or chicken apple sausage for $12 and a Black Forest ham sandwich with melted Swiss cheese on pretzel bun for $7.
Black forest ham sandwich with frites — Photo courtesy of Himmel Haus Facebook
The Himmel Haus bar features several German and Belgian "biers" including Pilsner, Dunkel, Marzen and Hefe Weizen like Schneider Weisse for $9. They have a Paulaner Salvatore draft doppelbock on draft for $14 as well as an Einbecker Mai-ur-Bock for $7. Their Belgian beers include a gluten-free Greens beer, delicious Lambics, ales, wits and some excellent Trappist beer including Rochefort Ale and a Chimay Triple for $8. The Haus also serves wines and cocktails.
If you really love their beers, you can become a member of the Stein Club. For $50, you get a one-year membership and a custom, handmade half-liter Himmel Haus stein. Members also get discounts on food and certain beers and access to tastings, trivia games, pub crawls and field trips to local breweries. For the non-members, the Haus has special events throughout the week including live music, open mic night and trivia nights.