Growing up in Ontario, just outside of Toronto, a few things become engrained. You become a Leafs fan (it’s not easy, trust me), you say cottages not cabins and you love peameal bacon. Now a sandwich considered to be Toronto’s signature dish, can be had at Gastown’s Big Lou’s Butcher Shop.
Sometimes simplicity in a sandwich is all you need, and that’s exactly what you get with the Peameal Bacon Sandwich at Big Lou’s. Thick cut slices of juicy and tender peameal bacon, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a fresh Portuguese bun. Now, if you’ve had peameal bacon before you know that it’s less like your standard bacon and more like ham. The sandwich drips with every bite and the flavours are classic and familiar.
Now, Big Lou’s isn’t a licensed establishment, this allowed me to choose any beer I wanted to pair with this sandwich. I decided to go with Hermann’s Dark Lager from Vancouver Island Brewery, because I knew that I needed a beer with bold, complex flavours to go with this sandwich. Hermann’s is a made from a traditional German recipe and was one of the first beers brewed by VIB when they started up. It’s full bodied flavour matched up so well with the peamel bacon sandwich, it has a roasty taste and malt nose, with a crisp finish. I even detected some subtle coffee notes that made me think of the classic breakfast paring of coffee and bacon.
So if you’re looking for simple, classic and delicious sandwich paired with a fantastic dark lager, then head to Big Lou’s Butcher Shop for This Sandwich and That Beer.
Check out http://biglousbutchershop.com/ and http://www.vanislandbrewery.com for more info, follow them both on Twitter: @biglousbutcher and @vanislebrewery and follow me @TSTB_blog. And, if you’re looking to pick up Vancouver Island Brewery’s Hermann’s Dark Lager check out Legacy Liquor and follow them on Twitter @LegacyLiquor.
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