Monday, August 12, 2013

National Bratwurst Day

Happy National Bratwurst Day on August 16!  “Bratwurst” is a compound of two German words —“braten,” which means “to fry” and “wurst,” which means “sausage.” If you need help finding some new sausage recipes, we have the “Johnsonville Big Taste of Sausage Cookbook”. It’s filled with cooking tips on a dozen ways to dress up Brats on the grill. We also have many other books for grill masters and everyone else looking to grab a Brat in celebration.


Speaking of Bratwurst, that’s one of the characters in the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race which is celebrating twenty years this year. During June of 1993, the race came to life, transformed from animations on the Milwaukee County Stadium Scoreboard to live racers. There were only three characters then - The Bratwurst, The Polish, The Italian.  The first live race was won by the Bratwurst.  You don’t remember old County Stadium, with its drab décor, corrugated steel and exposed beams and electrical wires? Where the black and white scoreboard made instant replays look like old newsreels? Oh I miss it, and its history, but we have Gregg Hoffmann’s book “Down in the Valley,” which is a complete history of the Milwaukee County Stadium filled with pictures from the first game to last.

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