Welcome to Billy’s Brat Stand, musings by Billy Bratzenbier.
Billy Bratzenbier is a roving Sausagefest.com editor and has been described as a “sausage guardian.” His rants, ramblings and sausage diatribes are archived in the posts below.
First, lets toss out the dubious quote often attributed to Otto Von Bismarck about sausage making and politics. There’s no reliable historical source that documents that “Gesetze sind wie Würste, man sollte besser nicht dabei sein, wenn sie gemacht warden” was ever uttered by Otto.
Now with that moldy old false fact put aside, we can bring to your attention some notable thoughts on sausage and the human condition.
“Lawsuit: a machine, which you go into as a pig and come out as a sausage.”
“Many men are like sausages; whatever you stuff them with, that they will bear in them.”
—Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
“A party is like a sausage machine, it grinds up all sorts of heads together into the same baloney.”
Kent discusses sausage and Sausagefest in his interview with the Daily Herald. Follow this link to read the article, published in the Daily Herald on November 12, 2012.
I think we could have Sausagefest in everyone’s backyard through all the cities in America and celebrate in backyards at the barbecue.”
Some folks go to Mecca, others visit Rome or Jerusalem, and pagans go to Vegas. If you are even a somewhat serious sausage fan you need to visit this nice town a few miles west of Madison, Wisconsin. Why?
The National Mustard Museum is in downtown Middleton. While not every sausage requires mustard its one of the great natural combos – mustard on brats, mustard on hot dogs, mustard on polish sausage, etc.
The Museum has over 5000 mustards (probably more every day) and enough distractions to keep you entertained for thirty minutes or a couple hours.
The good news about going to Middleton is there a few more reasons to go here besides the museum.
For dinner you want to change paces from the mustard realm...Read More
We taste a lot of sausages. A lot of sausages we taste we don’t talk about. Why bring mediocre experiences to your attention?
You see mediocre too often: republicans, democrats, reality tv, tv religion, interviews with football players, interviews with ceo’s. None of them worth capitalizing. They engineer enough wasted time onto themselves.
Eating great sausage, finding great sausage is not a common thing. Its like cable television: 265 channels and most of it forgettable.
Before common media induces your next coma of mediocrity and you find yourself in downtown Chicago, head over to Bin 36. The tourist guides might identify it as a wine bar. But wine bars aren’t known for their long-lived runs. Bin 36 has been around since before 9/11...Read More
Cabo San Lucas is at the tip of the second longest peninsula in the world, the Baja California peninsula of Mexico. Despite what you may have heard, Sam Hagar didn’t discover Cabo.
Cabo has many magnets. The whale watching is superb. The seafood and dining choices are first rate. The contrast between the blue of the ocean and the desert is stunning. And, the local residents make you feel welcomed.
On this trip our main focus was whale watching and relaxation. But, since Sausagefest never sleeps, we wanted to pass on some new finds while we were in Cabo.
Our home base was the Las Ventanas al Paraiso resort on the Sea of Cortez side of the peninsula...Read More
With Sausagefest.com being a Chicago based organization (I use that term loosely) you might think we get Chicago or Midwest centric.
Unlike ESPN (the Eastcoast Sports Network) we actually cover sausage artists from other parts of the country. Before we get overwhelmed with all the Midwest sausage season, lets start the summer grilling season in our nation’s capital.
DC Sausage Sampling
Our nations capital is always an amazing place. The museums, shrines, and memorials are all worthwhile destinations. If you’re an American citizen it’s difficult to not have a feeling of pride as you walk around The District. Driving the district generally will upset your stomach so we suggest walking and using the Metro...Read More
Bass Lake Taverne – Inn
Cleveland has the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, the first place Indians, the West Side Market and many good sausage makers. As a prime example, The Sausage Shoppe has gotten years of praise from both Sausagefest and Anthony Bourdain’s review of the Shoppe a few back.
Cleveland has the urban ethnic diversity to make it a very friendly sausage city. You can even see this sausage Mecca’s karma extending beyond the city proper. Thirty miles east of Cleveland in Chardon, Ohio the Bass Lake Taverne Inn is worth visiting.
Even if you’re not on sausage craving mission, BLTI is worth a visit. It’s an old Inn and tavern and can accommodate weddings and major social events...Read More
Dateline Cancun, Mexico – January 2009
Treat yourself to some time in Cancun. The sea has a beautiful turquoise hue and it’s hard to think it’s the same Atlantic Ocean as the water you see in the Carolinas or anywhere northward. The geography mavens will say it’s the Caribbean but its still Atlantic water. With the economy of modern society falling quickly into an unending stream of bankruptcies and company lay-offs it seemed like a good time to cash in the Marriott points and United Points before both companies go the way of the dodo. So the search for sausages went south of the border. Here’s what we found after extensive research, well somewhat extensive.
No Sausage Shops
We couldn’t locate a single freestanding sausage shop in the immediate Cancun ar...
It was a very cool and windy Sausagefest 13 but there was no bad luck blowing into the festivities this year.
We were lucky enough to have four hours of acoustic guitar and song from Irv Pavlik. Irv has perfected his Neil Young songbook and the nicest compliment I heard was that “Irv’s better than Neil Young right now.” It was nice seeing an old colleague doing his avocation and people appreciating it. Irv plays in a number
(Check him out on YouTube)
We had some outstanding sausages this year – both home made and store bought. Maybe it was the year 13 thing or a full moon but the voting for all the categories was either very close or tied. Maybe the lesson was that there were no losers here...Read More