Local sausage offers a classic pairing in Avondale Estates

Dish of the Week: Beer-infused bratwurst from Pine Street Market

Beer and bratwurst are a classic pairing, but what would it be like if you combined them?

Butcher Rusty Bowers of Pine Street Market successfully has answered this question, in collaboration with Athens-based Creature Comforts Brewing.

The casing of Bowers’ Classic City bratwurst has a perfect snap that gives way to juiciness and a surge of flavor from a blend of spices. The pasture-raised pork is seasoned with black pepper, nutmeg, ginger and a touch of garlic. I tried cooking the links in a cast-iron skillet, pan-searing them with seasoned cabbage.

The fatty richness of the sausage and the woody aromatic heat of black peppercorn and zingy ginger are well-matched with a simple ale. This German-style pork sausage not only pairs well with Creature Comforts’ clean, crisp, easy-drinking Classic City lager, it is infused with it.

Classic City bratwurst also is available at Chop Shop, as well as the Freedom and Peachtree Road farmers markets.