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Sterling Tap & Wurst: best sausage diversity in Buffalo

The full menu isn’t for sale till next week, but Sterling Tap & Wurst already has the best sausage diversity in town.

Blueberry venison. Elk apple. Cranberry boar. Smoked duck with apple brandy. Working with a cousin – Raymond “Skip” Wardynski of Wardynski’s Sausage, owner Kevin M. Brinkworth will be offering tubular meat experiences Buffalonians can only get at his place.

"We're not going to be freezing those sausages," Brinkworth said. "He's going to be making them fresh and dropping them off."

The bar at 1487 Hertel Ave., formerly Sterling Tavern, should start pouring beer tonight. Sausage samplers should be available during the initial soft opening period, but don’t expect the full food menu until the July 1 grand opening, said Brinkworth. The full menu includes duck fries, soups, salads, and sandwiches, including a Sterling Burger.

His family has long owned the building. For the new place, Brinkworth, a partner in Blue Monk, had street-facing walls replaced with garage- door-type roll-ups. He also added a patio and fixed up the kitchen. It’s still not a big place, with about 50 seats.

Chef Manny Cruz, who is from Miami, Fla., explained that the whole sausage list won’t be available each night. There will be about four standards, and a rotating cast of specials. “We’re starting with two duck, one with orange liqueur, and one with white wine,” he said. The forecast includes boar with roasted garlic, and bison with chipotle.

The full sausage list:

Wild Boar with Roasted Garlic & Marsala Sauce

Wild Boar with Cranberries and Red Wine

Venison with Merlot Wine and Blueberries

Smoked Duck with Apple Brandy

Rabbit with White Wine & Herbs

Elk with Apples, Pears and Port Wine

Duck with Foie Gras & Sauterne Wine

Smoked Buffalo with Burgundy Wine

Buffalo with Chipotle Chiles

Chicken with Apples and Cranberries

Venison with Red Wine & Demi Glaze

Duck with Orange Liquor

Pheasant with Cognac

Sauces: Curry Mayo, Bourbon BBQ, Cilantro Aioli, Ghost Pepper Sauce, Horseradish Mustard, Spicy Mustard, Ranch, Bleu Cheese, Siracha Mayo, Marinara

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