It’s that time of year again: Oktoberfest is on the horizon, and what better way to honour this Bavarian tradition at your home than by cooking up a delicious feast of our duck sausages? We’ve compiled some tips to help make your own personal Oktoberfest a hit!
Discover our duck sausages in every flavour
We make our Brome Lake duck sausages according to an artisanal method, using nothing but coarsely chopped duck meat and natural pork casings. The result? A tender, consistent texture that beautifully showcases our delicious duck meat! Our sausages come in four delicious flavours: sun-dried tomatoes and garlic, cranberry orange, pepper and garlic (Toulouse style) and Italian. No need to choose just one—craft a tasting menu so your guests can enjoy each distinct flavour!
How to cook it
Some cooks may be in the habit of piercing their sausages to release excess fat, boiling them or baking them in the oven, but our duck sausages call for a bit of a different approach! They should be cooked either directly in a frying pan or on the barbecue. Cook them for about 10 minutes over medium heat, and be sure to flip them a few times as they brown. Couldn’t be simpler!
Choosing the best beer to pair with your sausages
For each of the four flavours mentioned above, we recommended choosing a beer with a similar flavour profile: a mild sausage pairs beautifully with a light beer, while a spicier sausage usually goes well with beers that have stronger aromas. If you’re planning a full tasting menu, start with the milder beers and sausages and work your way up.
It’s hard to pick just one perfect beer for each sausage, as there are so many excellent brews out there, each with its own unique flavour profile. In other words, the possibilities are endless! Here’s a guide to some suggested pairings for each flavour.
- Sun-dried tomatoes and garlic [›››]. This rich flavour goes well with a mild beer, like a white or a blonde, to allow each bite to truly shine!
- Cranberry orange [›››]. While a blonde or a white beer would provide a perfect showcase for the fruity duo of flavours here, the sugars of a darker beer would bring out its mellow roundness.
- Pepper and garlic (Toulouse style) [›››]. This classic sausage recipe is versatile and pairs beautifully with a whole host of different beers, from bitter blondes and red ales to more mellow, darker beers. Just follow where your taste buds lead you!
- Italian [›››]. Here, we’d steer you away from beers with a strong flavour profile to make sure you get the full experience of these sausages. We suggest a mild red ale to let their blend of spices, fennel and hot peppers truly shine!
Plan your shopping list
To ensure each guest has a chance to get the full tasting experience, allow for at least 100 ml of beer and a quarter of a sausage per person for each pairing.
The little extras!
Take the tasting experience (and the fun!) to the next level by serving up a selection of condiments with your sausages. Suggestions? Sauerkraut, hot mustard, honey mustard (or another sweet variety), artisanal pretzels, grilled or marinated veggies, potato salad… and a spicy mayo for even more of a bite!
Planning a visit to the Eastern Townships?
Take the opportunity to stock up at our store! And while you’re in the neighbourhood, be sure to visit a few microbreweries too so you can take home a fine selection of beers for your Oktoberfest celebrations!
Here are a few of our favourite places to stop in for a pint:
- Microbrasserie La Memphré, Magog [›››]
- Brasserie Dunham, Dunham [›››]
- Microbrasserie Moulin 7, Asbestos [›››]
- Le Refuge des Brasseurs, Sherbrooke [›››]
- Robin Bière Naturelle, Waterloo [›››]
- Microbrasserie La Knowlton Co., Lac-Brome (Knowlton) [›››]