Among encased-meat products, handmade sausage is the most delightful, followed closely by a saddlebag filled with jerky and a can of Spam crammed inside a larger can of Spam. Sample high-grade meats with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a gift basket of Bavarian sausages, meats, and cheeses at G&W Bavarian Style Sausage Company (a $75 value). All orders must be placed one week in advance of pickup.
The family of sausage makers at G&W Bavarian Style Sausage Company, which has been in business for 45 years, crafts delectable meats based on the same recipe its German forebears used. Gift givers can spruce up a Christmas tree or delight an avid basket collector with G&W's holiday gift package. The basket brims with 3 packages of the shop's signature Landjager Bavarian-style beef sticks nestled against cheese, crackers, and bottled mustard. Recipients redeem the package's gift certificate for 5 pounds of G&W bratwurst, providing a delicious dinner or a heartfelt gesture of apology for jilted lovers. Rounding out the basket, an assortment of cookies, candy, and snacks sates desires for saccharine sustenance.
G&W Bavarian Style Sausage Company
The sausage recipe didn’t start with Helmut and Henry Wanninger, but they were the ones to bring it across the Atlantic in 1965. Sons of a sausage meister, Helmut and Henry left their home in Bavaria and set up shop in St. Louis, where they began spicing, grinding, and casing sausages to the delight of the city’s southern neighborhoods, home to many German immigrants. The popularity of their encased meats continues today, though cousins Bob and Gerhard are now the master meatsmiths. These Wanninger descendants prepare more than 30 different Bavarian-style sausages, including multiple types of bratwurst, specialty sausages such as bockwurst and smoked liverwurst, and Landjager beef sticks. These specialties grace venues all over St. Louis, from Grant’s Farm to Gus’ Pretzels to the Egypt-themed alternate reality that exists on the other side of the Arch.
Bob and Gerhard also apply their expertise to other styles of encased meats, such as andouille and chorizo, and they happily process deer for hunters. In addition to manning the meat counter, the duo stocks the shelves with German goods such as Lowensenf mustards and breads from local bakeries.
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