UMAMI started it. Fried chicken and champagne refined it. And a brief brunch service sealed the deal: Travail is officially the cradle of pop-up culture in the Twin Cities. Up next? A meaty brat and beer fest by Pork & Pickle.
On November 3, Travail chefs Ray Sauter and Ben Feltmann will join Pork & Pickle visionary,
former Travailian, and he of the Star Wars tattoos, Geoff Hausmann for a very meaty pop-up at the Robbinsdale restaurant. Tickets for Brats and Brew are on sale now and will get you a sampling of fine, handcrafted sausages paired with some stellar German brews and a surprise dessert.
The Brats & Beer dinner has two seatings, one at 6 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. The meal will consist of two flights of three sausages each:
Flight 1: Chicken Cheeto Brat, Reuben on a Stick, Blood Sausage Flight 2: El Conquistador, Grandma's German Sausage, Philly Dog
And each flight will be paired with two beers, totaling four brews:
Warsteiner Dunkel, Paulaner Lager, Hacker Oktoberfest, and Weihenstephaner Hefe.
Before his first pop-up, Cock-a-Doodle-Brew in September, Hausmann told Dara Moskowitz that he hopes to build his reputation on successful pop-ups and eventually launch a brick and mortar store for his meaty delights.
What does that mean? First, it means there's more pop-up action to come. Second, it means that a fabulous meatery made in the wild Travailian image could soon grace our food scene. And since that Cheeto bratwurst seems to have made the cut from the first pop-up, we might be seeing the beginnings of a singular sausage sensation.
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