Sweater Weather Means Comfort Food
by Thea Miller
Bring on All the Comfort Food!
It’s sweater weather, and we’re craving hearty fare-- Soup, curry, chili, casseroles paired with crusty bread and wine, or a local craft brew.
Warm your Belly with Soup
It’s the peak of the locally grown squash, so what better time to enjoy a delicious squash soup? We love this one with squash and our house-made Italian sausage.
No time for making soup from scratch? We’ve got you covered. Cooke Tavern Soups are a year-round Brennan’s favorite Choose from varieties: Squash Bisque, Potato Cheddar, Chicken Tortilla, Tomato Bisque, and Corn Chowder
Pasta, Chili, Curry… Oh MY!
JD’s Chili Fixin’s Sauce---- Brand new Chili helper from Texas
Wine and Craft Beer for Comfort Food
Wisconsin-made, with Door County cherries, aromatic bitters, genuine orange extract, and pure cane sugar. Pour it over ice and add a sweet or sour mixer and garnish—the classic Wisconsin cocktail pairs with just about anything comfy.
Lapis Luna Zinfandel –
Rich, dark, and enticing. Flavors of lush blueberry, plums, and blackberry cobbler. The finish is smooth, long, and juicy. This bold yet smooth wine pairs well with classic cold-weather foods like beef stew, Thanksgiving turkey, roasted portabella mushrooms, and any Italian red sauce dish!
Giant Jones Big Beers –
- Braggot; This collaboration between mead-maker Colleen Boss and brewer Jessica Jones showcases the roastiness and body of the Giant Jones Brewing Company Extra Stout, and light honey notes of Bos Meadery Wildflower Mead, with a resulting silky texture, balanced roast, and light honeyed finish. Great with mixed nuts, pretzels or beef roast.
- Witbier Grand Cru; Brewed with raw oats and wheat from Meadowlark Organics in Ridgeway. Adding a base of organic Pilsner malt yields a bright and lightly creamy beer. Sumac and spruce tips from Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua combine with coriander and a Belgian wit yeast to add floral, spicy and citrus notes. Pair with roasted winter veggies, cranberry quick bread, or homemade chicken pot pie.
- Doppelsticke Altbier; A strong, Northern German-style Altbier. Toasty and nutty with an herbal hop character and distinct bitterness, this brew was cold-conditioned for 3 weeks for a clean, lager-like impression. Pair with classic roast chicken (or chicken noodle soup!), German sausages (Brats!), or with roasted pork tenderloin.
Happy Autumn Eating from Your Friends at Brennan’s!