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An ample helping of gemütlichkeit in Frisco.

Image: Bob Winsett

The commemorative T-shirt for sale at Prost, Frisco’s tiny but intriguingly authentic German beer hall, says it all: “Summit County’s Literal Sausage Bar.”

And while a dude-heavy clientele is pretty much a given on Main Street, Prost’s real German and Belgian suds and handcrafted sausages feed a year-round scene that evokes a miniature Munich Oktoberfest with a Colorado twist. There’s fantastic beer served up in a surprising array of mugs and boot-shaped steins, each specific to the brand, plus a menu resplendent with sausages, sandwiches, pretzels, and soups.

There is the issue of space, however. The year-old restaurant, run by Scott Pohlman (best known for the friendly Cala Inn in Summit Cove), is literally inside the quixotic Frisco Emporium, featuring Main Street’s most curious mix of artisans and antiques.

So when the joint—and its handful of long, wooden communal tables—gets jumping on a Saturday night, a symbolic fence goes up to separate the Spaten enthusiasts from the knickknacks, save for the hardy patrons in insulated lederhosen who are cavorting on the patio. It’s even cozier when a band plays.

But you’ll find plenty of room for the delicious treats from Denver’s Continental Sausage, which range from a subtly spicy pork Prost Signature (made with Oktoberfest beer and served on a parmesan herb roll) to apricot/cranberry wild boar and elk jalapeño exotics, plus German potato or Bavarian cucumber salad.

Prost also boasts one of the state’s most extensive German beer lists, from Spaten’s Optimator to the Hofbräu Dunkel, as well as a half-dozen bottled Belgians and a smattering of European wines. One can also opt for a now-ubiquitous Moscow mule in its copper cup or the positively frightening Über Tang. Bottoms up! 

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