There are many different breeds of cattle, each known for different traits. Some are prolific milk producers, some are extremely docile and good mothers, others are known for meat quality.
The Brewers raise Limousin cattle, a French breed originally raised to pull heavy loads. These cattle have a lot of muscle, which is converted to lean, tender beef when harvested.
“Cattle found in cave drawings estimated to be 20,000 years old in the Lascaux Caves near Montignac, France have a striking resemblance to today's Limousin," acccording to The Cattle Site.
The pigs on the Brewers’ farm are also raised with the utmost of care. “Our hogs are housed in doors to protect from the cold Iowa winters and to keep them cool in the hot Iowa summers,” says the family. Animal welfare is a top priority and the family is Beef Quality Assurance and Pork Quality Assurance certified.
The Brewers deliver their cattle and pigs to a local Iowa locker, where they are harvested and processed into high quality beef and pork. In addition to traditional butcher’s cuts like New York Strip Steak and pork chops, the Brewers have worked with the locker to create several unique products, all made out of beef and pork from the family farm.
Brats: Brewer Family Farms bratwurst are all beef, case-less brats. Available in six different flavors, these brats do not need to be thawed prior to cooking. Just place the frozen brats on the grill, and as they begin to thaw and cook, separate and turn them to cook all the way through.
Pork Sausage: Several pork sausage options are available, which are a great meal-time solution. The pre-seasoned, crumbled sausage takes ordinary meals and kicks them up a notch. Brewers also have a phenomenal pork breakfast brat, made with breakfast sausage, potatoes, onions, peppers, and cheese. Imagine eating that for breakfast while camping… yum!
Smoked Pork Chops: These are a favorite among the ChopLocal team. Thick cut and fully cooked, all you need to do is re-heat these chops for a super easy and delicious meal!
Meat Snacks: Need to stock up on beef sticks, summer sausage or jerky? Once you try these products from Brewer Family Farms, they’ll be your go-to when you need a high-protein snack. The jerky is another ChopLocal team favorite - it’s tender, easy to chew, and delicious!
In the summer, you can find Brewer Family Farms at the Uptown Ankeny Farmer’s Market. And for one week in July, on the RAGBRAI route, you can enjoy brats grilled by Joe Brewer himself.
But what about the rest of the year?
Thanks to their partnership with ChopLocal, you can now enjoy Brewer Family Farms pork and beef year-round.
If you’re in central Iowa, make arrangements to pick up your meat from the farm or have it delivered by Emily or another family member right to your door.
Or, have your Brewer Family Farms meat shipped anywhere in the U.S.
Check out all the great Brewer Family Farms pork and beef products here.
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