Tailgating for Sausagefest

David | Blog | March, 21 2012 | No Comment

Some people (that would include us at Cheese and Cheers) might say that most Chicago beer events are sausagefests, but we are talking about THE Sausagefest, and it takes place again this Saturday. Tickets for Sausagefest 2012 are still available. In preparation for this wonderful event (Sausage, cheese, beer, what more could anyone want?) Cheese and Cheers visited Haymarket Pub & Brewery this week for a tailgate party/preview. Jana Mestan, Pete Crowley and I sat down at the bar and tasted some beer, some cheese and a token sauuuzege.

I brought a couple of Wisconsin cheeses: Roth/Emmi’s Gouda-style Vintage Van Gogh; and La Clare Farms Evalon, a nice semi-firm washed-rind goat cheese.

We tried a handlful of Haymarket beers with the cheese, including a Tripel, a low gravity Belgian Pale called Oscar’s Pardon, Saison Also Rises, and Bula Matari, a roasty black session ale.  The Gouda paired nicely with a Dry-hopped Dubbel, the caramel flavors of the cheese matching the sweet malt flavor in the deep amber beer. I really liked the Oscar’s Pardon all by itself and it’s spicy dry flavors did some nice things with the acidity and eathiness of the Evalon.

For sausage we had Goralska, a garlicky kielbasa. It pretty much overwhelmed anything it came close to.  The cheeses are kind of delicate, and that sausage is anything but.

So you all gotta git yourselves to Haymarket, 737 W. Randolph, Chicago, from 1 to 5 this Saturday March 24. More than 15 sausage varieties will be served, along with 30 artisan cheeses from Marion Street Cheese Market and the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board’s Sara Hill.  And beers? Oh, there will be beers! In fact, Pete just sent a list, and this might not be all of them.  C and C tailgate beers are in italics. Hope to see you there. Cheers!

From Haymarket Pub & Brewery:

Clare’s Right Hook Bourbon Barrel Aged Barleywine with Cocoa Nibs
Janna Montana Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Belgian Black IPA
Templeton Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged Indignant Imperial Stout
Mother Jones Abbey Dubbel with raisins and molasses
Lucy’s Abbey Tripel
Nina’s Abbey Quadruple

Oscar’s Pardon Belgian Pale ale

Last Chance Belgian IPA
Bula Matari Belgian Black ale
The Defender Dry Hopped American Stout
Speakerswagon German Pilsner
Lizzie’s Simcoe American IPA
Mathias Imperial American IPA
The Saison Also Rises
From Haymarket’s brewing friends:
Revolution Brewing Eugene Porter
Rock Bottom Lombard Smoked Helles
Piece Brewing Dunkelweiss
Goose Island Brewpub CBC Belgian IPA
Goose Island Beer Co. Fulton Lolita 2010
Three Floyd’s Rabbid Rabbit
Three Floyd’s Arctic Panzer Wolf
Metropolitan Brewing Dynamo Copper Lager
Half Acre Hammer, Bullet and Vice
Half Acre Double Daisy Cutter
Half Acre Cipher Belgian Blonde
Greenbush Doomslayer Maple Brown
Rock Bottom Chicago Bourbon Imperial Stout
Flossmoor Station Smoked Porter
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