German-influenced microbrewery offers SoCal a laid-back locale to sip and sup on local brews.. In Short Karl Strauss operates in several SoCal locations, providing a laid-back dining destination for microbrew and sports lovers. Although the menu depicts a distinct German heritage, it has expanded to include other savory brewery staples, such as burgers and Asian firecracker strips. Try the grilled sausage sampler or the marinated steak, coated with lager glaze. The Red Trolley Ale and Amber Lager top the list of a staggering 30-plus house beers.