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Bier Bloody at Cafe Centraal | Bayview, Wisconsin

With Cafe Centraal right around the corner, it’s become a favorite spot for us.  Last Sunday, we met good friends there to recap the weekend over brunch.  From previous posts, you’ll know  I truly can’t speak highly enough of the Lowlands Group.  I have yet to have a bad experience.  Since I’ve experimented with all of the bloodies on the menu, I really lean on them having a weekly special.
In review today is their Bier Bloody.  Since there was a 20-30 minute wait for a table, we jumped to the bar to get a head start.  The bartender explained it to me as “hops infused vodka, Santa Rampage beer and the traditional bloody mix.”
Here we go…
Mix: With such a vague description from the bartender, I was really curious what this would taste like.  With  my first sip, I shrugged and said “eh…”.  TJ tried it and said he could taste the hops with an approving nod.  He really enjoys IPA beers so I think having the pallet for it helped.  The description on the Lowlands Group beer list states:

Flavors of dark caramel and candi sugar with hints of rich fruitcake, cloves, and peppery spices.
Warming and delicious – a true Belgian holiday tradition, paying homage to a favorite Milwaukee holiday tradition

I was disappointed I couldn’t taste more of the flavors.   TJ has favored the Milwaukeean (read that review here) at Centraal and I have to admit, I liked it better than the Bier also.  Tasting the extras or not, the Bier Bloody was still tasty and went down too quickly.
Garnish:  Nothing special about this garnish – asparagus, bean sprout, pickle, olives, lemon and lime.  I only ate the asparagus and bean because the pickle and olives tasted old and bitter.
Chaser: In times past, the server/bartender has given us chasers here regardless.  For a few minutes, our bloodies were partner free until the bartender asked if we’d like one.  Both of our bloodies were served with a small chaser of Santa Rampage.  On it’s own, I thought it was a tasty beer and recommend it if you’re dining at any of their concept locations.  With all of the Santa Rampage beer going around, I wondered if it was a holiday barrel soon expiring or if they are really just trying to push this type of brew.
Size: 16 ounces
Buzz:  With beer and vodka mixed, I certainly got a buzz going.  Thankfully after brunch, we stopped at Anodyne Coffee for a tasty, little pick-me-up to get through the rainy afternoon.
Cost: $9.00 – Usually the bloodies are $8.  I’m okay paying a little more to try something new.  Just disappointed the flavors didn’t stand out for me.  It was good none-the-less.
The service and food were great, as always.  Whether the special is your thing or not, I recommend any of the Lowlands locations for a unique bloody experience.

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