Fred Usinger Day February 23rd in Milwaukee!

The most delicious holiday in February is coming … and no, it’s not Valentine’s Day, I’m talking about Fred Usinger Day. You see, back in 2005 Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett proclaimed February 23rd as Fred Usinger Day by special order.  This proclamation recognized Usinger’s as a local family owned and operated business for four generations spanning over 125 years.  Each year, the city of Milwaukee salutes Fred Usinger, Inc. for their long standing good corporate citizenship and commitment to the betterment of Metropolitan Milwaukee and the Southeast Wisconsin area.  To commemorate this event, our friends at the Old German Beer Hall will be offering a free Usinger brat to patrons beginning at 10am on Sunday February 23rd, until 8pm.  I will also be on hand at OGBH to tap a keg at about 4pm. There will be free beer until the keg runs out.  Take a break from the cold and enjoy a hot juicy Usinger brat, maybe a pretzel or your favorite libation as we celebrate Milwaukee’s sausage heritage. We’re now entering year 140 and five generations on Old World Third Street. Still living the dream and making America’s Finest Sausage.

 

Fritz

The Man With The Gifts!

The Usinger Gift Box Annex is now open! It’s the fastest, easiest way to shop. Gift boxes starting as low as $24.00. We even offer store to door service, as in, we’ll even carry your gifts to your car. All the great gifts you see online or in our catalog are available for immediate pick up in the Annex. Located right next to our Retail Store on Old World Third St. the Annex is a quick in and out for holiday gift shopping. The Annex is open daily from 8:30 to 5:30 (closed Sunday).

If you’re planning a holiday party stop in the Usinger retail store right next door. We’ve got lots of specialty sausages and smoked meats that’ll be perfect for your holiday gatherings. Be sure and check out the seconds table too. You can always find some bargains there. A quick stop at Usinger’s for holiday sausages has been a Milwaukee tradition for generations.

Limited Free Parking is available in the Usinger lot, located on the south side of the annex.

Here’s wishing you and yours the happiest of Holiday Seasons. From all the Wurstmachers and the Elves at Usinger’s.

Fritz

It’s Almost Time for the Fair!

Fritz’s Blog – July 9, 2019

 

The Wisconsin State Fair will be starting in a couple of weeks at State Fair Park in Milwaukee. It’s always one of the highlights of summer for Wisconsinites including myself. There’s something for everyone to see and do, from farm animals to new products, and carnival rides to great food! Speaking of food, you’ll find many of the best eats in the air conditioned Wisconsin Products Pavilion. We’ve been a part of the Wisconsin Products Pavilion for many years and I can honestly say I don’t think you’ll find a better place to eat at the Fair than here. Whether you like brats or baked potatoes they’ve got it all…and why not have both! The menu at Usinger’s booth this year includes bratwurst w/kraut, smoked brat w/kraut, Italian sausage w/pepper & onions, Beef Frank, and our classic Reuben sandwich. Of course all of our sausages are served on tasty Miller Bakery Pretzel buns.

Plan your trip now and we’ll see you at the Fair!

 

Fritz

The Second Half of Summer!

As we enter the second half of this summer. It’s time to review your grilling successes. Hopefully you have attained “black belt status” for grilling brats and wieners using my two beer philosophy. Now it’s time to expand the menu. Have you tried Usinger Smoked Pork Chops on the grill? They are already smoked and fully cooked, just sear the outside a little (so you get the nice grill marks) and they are ready to go. Or try some of my other spicy international favorite links: Usinger Andouille, Smoked Chorizo or Portuguese style Linguica. All are smoked and cooked, so they require minimal grill time to heat them through, quick & easy. If you like some cheddar in your wurst, try our Smoked Brat with Cheddar & Jalapeno (it’s really good!).

Fritz

Happy Tailgating

 

As summer fades into fall and cool crisp mornings turn into beautiful afternoons it can only mean one thing – football season and plenty of great weather for grilling Usinger Brats.

Nothing beats standing by the grill on a crisp afternoon, enjoying the aroma and sizzle of Usinger Brats. Remember my advice and cook the brats low and slow to avoid split casings so the flavorful juices stay in the brats.

For our loyal Usinger fans we’re kicking off our “Tailgate Party Contest”. Just send us a picture of your tailgate party with Usinger Sausage and you could win a Tailgate Party Pack featuring Usinger Brats, Usinger Festival Sauerkraut and Pretzilla soft pretzel buns. Visit our website at usinger.com and look for the Contest tab for more information. Also, look for our Fall Deli Discount offer coming in the mail soon.  If you don’t receive one, sign up for the newsletter on the Usinger website and we’ll get you one.  Happy Tailgating and Go Pack !

 

Fritz

CHILL DON’T SCARE THE GRILL

People think those of us who grill outside in the winter to be crazy.  Well, I can remember a few evenings in early May when it’s been almost as cold!  You don’t have to mothball the grill just because it’s cold outside.  The food tastes just as good, maybe even better, and hey, standing in front of a hot grill takes the chill off a cold day, or night!

Here are some pointers to stay warm and get great results for winter grilling. First, dress appropriately, in layers and don’t forget the hat. Most of your heat loss comes from your head, so unless you’re planning on keeping it close to the grill (not recommended) keep it covered.  Next, grilling in winter takes a bit more time. Your grill will take longer to get warmed up and that can add about 25% more time to the cooking process.  So, make sure you have enough propane or charcoal on hand before you start, because running out midway through can be a pain.  Finally, enjoy the peace and quiet of winter serenity.  Odds are there’s not a lot going on outside, maybe a squirrel fight or an occasional deer sighting.  It’s just like ice fishing, they’re even better when you get them in cold weather.  There is nothing like a brat right off the grill and it just seems tastier in January!

If you’re not a fan of the cold, well, there are some great soup recipes in the Usinger cookbook and on our website.

Quit chillin’ start grillin’.

Fritz

 

Grilling’s 2nd Season!

Warm sunshine and crisp air, autumn is truly on it’s way. No need to think about hanging up the grill tongs quite yet. There are two months of great grilling weather ahead.

 

For cool weather grilling try something a little spicy, like our Smoked Chorizo or Smoked Andouille links. For something completely different, try grilling our bone – in, Smoked Pork Chops. They are cured, smoked for hours in our brick smokehouses and are fully cooked.  When you put’em on the grill they’re nothing short of amazing!

 

Now is a great time to try something new, during our Fall 15 promotion.  Until the end of September, you can stock up on Usinger deli products and save 15%.  All you have to do is type in “Fall 15” in the promo code when you order online. Don’t forget the Summer Sausage and Braunschweiger, so you are ready for those big game gatherings.  The Fall 15 promotion is available only on sausage products and only in the online Deli Store, or at our retail store downtown at 1030 N. Old World 3rd Street.

 

 

Fritz

It’s All Happening at the Fair!

The Wisconsin State Fair begins on Thursday August 4th thru August 14th. No trip to the Fair is complete without a brat or a hot dog from Usinger’s, Milwaukee’s oldest family run sausage shop. We are located in the air conditioned Wisconsin Products Pavilion where you will find the best food at the best price.

All of our sausages are served on hearty Miller Bakery Pretzel buns and are priced right at just $ 4.00. The service is fast, friendly and efficient.

Here is this year’s line up:

Quarter pound Bratwurst, served with Kraut

Quarter pound Italian, served with peppers & onions

Quarter pound Smoked Brat with Cheddar & Jalapeno

Jumbo All Beef Hot Dog

 

Stop in and enjoy some “wurst”.

See you at the Fair.

Fritz

Get Ready, Here it Comes

German Fest begins July 29 – 31 at Maier Festival Park on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  What a great time to experience German food, culture, music and yes a little beer. It’s like an Octoberfest warm up party.

We are proud to be a long time sponsor of Milwaukee’s German Fest and provider of many different types of sausage and meats served during the three day run.

You may want to try a German Fest favorite, the over-sized, October Fest Bratwurst or the spicy Smoked Bratwurst.  Then there is the Bavarian Wiener, Knackwurst or the Pork Links that are served with the potato pancakes. Or maybe you want the Smoked Pork Chops (Kassler Rippchen) that are smoked over glowing hard wood embers in our two story brick smokehouses. Don’t forget the Sauerkraut…. We make that too.

Hope to see you at the opening ceremonies.  Bring your appetite and we will see you there!