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
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.