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Taking some advice from my coworkers, I ventured forth from my hotel room to check out a place called the Dog Haus.  Featuring an impressive tap list full of local brews and an intense menu full of meaty, cheesy, comfort food goodness I felt confident that this was a place I needed to go.

I’ll admit that I was a bit overwhelmed walking up to the counter here.  The menu, while not huge, was full of all the deliciousness I had been lead to expect.  After eliminating hotdogs and narrowing my options down to burgers or sausages, I decided to go with their popular Fonz dish – a spicy Italian sausage in a Hawaiian roll bun topped with enough pastrami and melted cheese to make a standalone sandwich.  I added a side of cheesy tots for good measure and was on my way to flavor country. I have no delusions about the healthiness of my meal, but I sure do recommend it! The sweetness of the Hawaiian bun and the spiciness of the sausage worked beautifully together with the pastrami and cheese an added bonus.  My only regret is not getting to try a burger there as well.

As for the beer, they had twenty or so taps offering a good mix of national breweries and local favorites.  I always tend to go local in situations like this and as such started out with Velvet Hammer from Dallas-based Peticolas Brewing Company.  It was a 9.0% Red IPA (my favorite!) that poured a delightful deep red body with a thin, slightly off-white head.  Taste-wise, it offered a moderate blend of caramel and lightly toasted malts that were complemented in roughly equal proportion by a moderate piney bitterness with some slight floral influence.  The medium, moderately carbonated mouthfeel was perfect for the style, making this an enjoyable brew for sure!

My second beer of the evening was the Oatmeal Stout from nearby Oak Highlands Brewery.  Checking in at 5.3%, it poured to a black body topped by a thin tan head.  It tasted of rich, creamy malts accompanied by a heavy oat presence in the middle and notes of dark chocolate and light on the finish.  It had a thick body that held the flavors well and made this one solid little stout.

Closing out my evening was The Temptress (Nitro), from Lakewood Brewing Company.  This one caught my eye immediately upon looking over the menu and I somehow just knew that this was where my night would be ending.  Coming in at a healthy 9.1%, this decadent Imperial Milk Stout featured huge notes of sweet dark malt, cream, chocolate, and molasses.  It had a sweet, light heat on the finish and the cream and chocolate notes got more intense the longer the beer sat. It had a perfect thick and smooth body with almost no carbonation to speak of.  I was very impressed with this one and couldn’t have asked for a better dessert.

As you can imagine, I had an excellent time at the Dog Haus.  Between the food and the beer it is definitely a stop I would recommend.  They’re apparently a chain, so be on the lookout for one near you!