Wurst is the Best
Whether you call them beer brats, German sausages or bratwurst these sausages are the best. They are a great summer food because they are quick and easy to make plus they leave room for so much creativity. Find your own style and enjoy!
By Shira Kogut on May. 29, 2017
Bratwurst Far From The Worst
Bratwurst literally means fried sausage in German. Any food in German that ends with the word wurst (technically pronounced vurst) means it’s a type of sausage which as we all know is not the worst, but the best! The classic bratwurst is a sausage made from finely minced pork and beef then fried and served on a piece of bread or a roll usually with German mustard and sauerkraut on top or on the side.
Sound familiar? It should! It is the cousin of the American classic hot dog. What’s another name for a hot dog? A Frankfurter! Named after the city of Frankfurt in Germany where it originated. It got brought over to the US, but as its recipe became more Americanized, different meats were used, different toppings added, it eventually got renamed Hot Dog.
Bratwurst is the base for other German delights like Rostbratwurst and Currywurst. Many cities use bratwurst as their base and then add local flavors to it like special spices or toppings. You can figure out the name of the city or region by taking the ER off the end of the word. For example:
Thüringer Rostbratwurst = Rostbratwurst from Thuringia
Nürnberger Rostbratwurst = Rostbratwurst from Nurnberg (Nuremberg in English)
Can you guess where the word Hamburger comes from?
Don’t Forget the Beer Brats
A great twist on classic the bratwurst recipe is Beer Brats. Instead of boiling the wursts in water, boil them in beer to give them a really great flavor. You need to boil them in about 4 cans of beer, so make sure you save the 2 other cans to drink with them. After all nothing goes better with Bratwurst than a nice beer. We suggest trying something German like a German Pilsener (note the name…from the city of Plzen, Pilsen in English) or a Weizenbock.
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Ripping People Off at Beer Fests!
OK, I think I have have been a reviewer for some time now where I can see and say that there are some people that take advantage of the consumers at beer fests! I have ONE place in particular that I’m calling out today! Minhas Brewing!
VIDEO: SaltWater Brewery Creates Edible Six Pack Rings
Thought that cutting the rings open on a 6-pack was enough, unfortunately it’s not. Sea turtles, fish and marine mammals still ingest those plastic beer rings, so SaltWater Brewery invented edible six pack rings. Hopefully other breweries will follow suit.
Women & Beer in Alberta
My beer brothers and sisters, did you know that in Alberta there was a time that it was illegal for men and women to sit and have drink together in a bar? Luckily, we have crossed that road. The next road we need to cross…getting more women into the industry. Any ideas?
First Annual Banff Craft Beer Festival
Set against the beautiful Banff backdrop the 1st annual Craft Beer Festival brought out the best of the best in the industry. See our four favs below.