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1643 S. State St.
Ann Arbor  Michigan  48104
United States
(734) 995-2437
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Midwest Living Review

Nan Bauer
Stop in for a sandwich, then stock up on jerky, brats and hot dogs from this artisanal sausage maker.

This isn’t a camp where you go to learn about German beer—it’s a play on the term “Deer Camp,” a hallowed Michigan tradition where hunters go up north to, well, camp. Store owner Walter Hansen’s family replaced the hunting with beer, hence the store’s name.

One whiff will tell you what Biercamp is really about: delicious and creative handmade artisanal charcuterie. The incredible variety of products includes jerky, bacon (even some made from duck), and gourmet Slim Jims called Smoke Sticks in a range of flavors like BBQ, hickory lamb, teriyaki and habañero. These jerkies are completely different from the shoe leather you’ll find at the grocery store. They’re flavorful, intense and chewy in a way that immediately calls to mind the meat they were made from (beef, pork, chicken, turkey or venison).

On University of Michigan football days, Biercamp grills and sells brats in front of the store, a doable walk from the Big House. Fans swoon over these sausages, particularly the cheese-stuffed versions. Walter makes all his products in small batches using whatever ingredients (local and regional) and combinations strike his fancy, such as a chicken cordon bleu brat with smoked ham and Swiss cheese.

Sandwiches contain the likes of a 16-hour pulled pork ($4.99), 12-hour smoked brisket and slow-roasted beef ($6.99) on buns from Brown’s Bun Bakery in Detroit. Wash it all down with a pint of small-batch beer; as to what's on tap—you’ll just have to check. 

June 14, 2013

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