Rabbit Sausage: 3 Pairings

Table Mates by | Sep 2016 | Issue #116

The Mighty, a Miami bar and sausage house owned by Ryan and Esti Brooks, brings together homemade sausages, stiff drinks and a selection of more than 80 beers. The spot’s signature free-range rabbit sausage is served over crispy fried leeks and a morel mushroom demi-glace, alongside paprika mashed potatoes and a tasting of house-pickled peppers. Because of the rabbit’s mild gaminess and the delicate, earthy flavors of the morel mushrooms, Ryan Brooks pairs it with three beers that won’t overpower the palate with aggressive hoppiness.

Surette Provision Saison | 6.2% ABV
Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project
With just the right amount of tartness and light acidity in its body, this funky Saison cuts through the richness of our sausage’s earthy morel mushroom demi-glace. Surette’s dry finish complements the sausage’s fresh herbs.

PranQster | 7.6% ABV
North Coast Brewing Co.
This Belgian-style Golden Strong Pale Ale has just enough hops and alcohol to provide a kick, while its light yeast and floral flavors allow the delicate nuttiness of the morel mushrooms, the paprika in the mashed potatoes, and the sweet acidity of the pickled pepper to make an appearance right before the warming alcohol washes it away.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | 6.7% ABV
Brauerei Aying
Despite the beer’s richness, the dark roasted German malt presence of this Doppelbock melds well with the rusticity of this dish without being overpowering. Celebrator follows through with just the right amount of dark fruit notes and toastiness to mingle with the herbs and gaminess of the rabbit.