This Wisconsin German Sausage Shop Serves Up A Taste Of The Old World

There is a large German influence in Wisconsin. The year we became a state, waves of Germans were fleeing revolutions in Europe to find a better life. In the 1850s, it was said 1,000 Germans arrived in Milwaukee every week. These days, they say nearly half of us can trace our ancestry back to Germany. At the time, Germany wasn’t a unified country, so the folks who came from different areas in that region all brought their specific customs, foods and culture.

One area that has had a big influence on the state of Wisconsin is Bavaria. With a distinct beer-making tradition, you’ll see the vestiges of Bavarian influence all over Wisconsin’s beer culture. Because it is a colder area, fresh fruit and vegetables were not a staple of the Bavarian diet. Instead, they raised animals and had a meat-heavy diet. One way to use up all the available meat without it going bad was to make sausages, both fresh and hard. Cured, smoked and otherwise preserved meats were the key to eating well all winter and we here in Wisconsin understood and embraced this idea. We love a cased meat here in Wisconsin, especially a bratwurst. Our tailgate culture is based on the ability to quickly grill and easily carry and consume sausages. Sheboygan is the Bratwurst Capital of the World. Madison has the World’s Largest Bratwurst Festival. And in Fitchburg, you’ll find Bavaria Sausage, a fabulous, old-school meat market that is making the very best of German products the same way folks did when they came here more than 150 years ago.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Located at 6317 Nesbitt Rd., Fitchburg, WI 53719.

Browse through their virtual store and find out more about this amazing place on their website or check out their Facebook page for more mouthwatering pictures.

If you love German food, you’ll want to check out these amazing German restaurants all over the state for a fabulous meal.