My last post on Big Lou’s Butcher Shop featured their Peameal Bacon sandwich which was awesome. Since then they have revamped their sandwich menu, moving a few sandwiches into a rotation as weekly(ish) specials and the “all the time” options have been slimmed down to feature the most popular ones. Luckily one of my favourites is one that’s always available. That last post was also before they were named the #2 butcher shop in the Georgia Straight’s “Best of Vancouver 2013”, just another reason to head back in.Big Lou’s Whole Roast Beef sandwich is a home run with slow roasted AAA beef, house seasonings, red wine, onions, pickles and pan mayonnaise on a fresh baguette. Not a lot of bells and whistles on this one, but that’s just fine as the juicy roast beef is the star. It’s super tender and the flavour is deep from the long, slow roasting process. This flavour is then reintroduced by the rich pan mayonnaise, this works great with the sauteed onions, sour pickles and the acidity of the red wine. I’ve had this sandwich many times and it’s always great, and this time was no different.As I mentioned last time I posted on Big Lou’s they are a butcher shop, so not a licensed establishment. But this doesn’t mean you can’t grab the Whole Roast Beef sandwich to go and have it with a great craft beer at home, or in a park, or at the beach. When it came to the beer I wanted to pair up with this sandwich I wanted something rich, layered and with a smooth finish. A brown ale came to mind right away. So before heading to Big Lou’s to grab the sandwich I stopped at my favourite liquor store, Legacy Liquor Store to find a brown ale to pair with my sandwich. Legacy has an amazing selection of craft beer, so I knew that finding a great brown ale would be easy.After exploring the selection, I decided on Cannery Brewing’s Naramata Nut Brown Ale. Cannery is a great small brewery that’s been brewing in Penticton, BC since the year 2000. Their nut brown is a classic English style nut brown, it’s full-bodied with a rich and gentle flavour. The rich dark malts are a layered mix of nuttiness and sweetness that was just perfect with the roast beef. While the slight bitter aroma and taste from the hops mingled very nicely with the accompanying ingredients. The lingering tastes from both the beer and the roast beef hung around on the palate enhancing the flavours after each bite. A perfect pairing.So if you’re looking for a roast beef sandwich that always delivers paired with classic nut brown ale from a great BC brewery, then head to Big Lou’s Butcher Shop for This Sandwich and That Beer.
Check out www.biglousbutchershop.com and www.cannerybrewing.com for more info. Follow them both on Twitter @biglousbutcher and @CanneryBrewing, and follow me @TSTB_blog. Head to Legacy Liquor Store to pick up the Naramata Nut Brown Ale or one of the many other amazing craft beers they stock.
Also look for my latest article in the BC Craft Beer News at your favourite craft beer focused outlet, including Legacy Liquor, and also tune into “Just Here For The Beer Radio on Team 1410AM for my TSTB feature on Saturday Oct. 19th at 12pm PST.