Several years back we were considering investing in a local business and one that came to our attention was Ten 55 Brewing.
The team, J.P. Vyborny and Chris Squires were looking to expand and make a move downtown from their original site on the far southside. They were young, articulate and serious about their beer.
Well, things didn’t quite work out on our end but Vyborny and Squires persisted and last week opened Ten 55 Brewing and Sausage House on Congress Street just east of Stone Avenue. The beer includes many Ten 55 brews and a handful of Old World options; the sausage comes from a partnership with Ben Forbes, the go-to guy for meats these days in town. Forbes shop is in Rincon Market and he works with restaurants all over Tucson.
I got invited to the soft opening and went with a few fellow food writers. The place was abuzz with activity. Everyone got to choose either an Italian sausage sandwich with peppers and onions or a brat with kraut. We could have two beers. Little cones of ‘pickled things’ were brought to the table.
The sausages were fat, juicy and fresh. The beer cold. What more could one ask from a place with beer and sausage in its name?
The high ceilings allowed for a loft toward the back of the building just over the kitchen. Walls are exposed brick with simple tables and chairs. It is meant to be fancy; this is beer and brats after all.
The regular menu has a long list of sausages. All the usual suspects are there but then Forbes offers other intriguing items such as chicken parmesan, lamb merguez and duck lemongrass and ginger. They are all made to pair with the beer menu.
Other foods include pimento cheese with bread, chicharrones, Belgian fries (which are rumored to be fantastic), a few salads and a grilled cheese sandwich or two.
There is also brunch on Sundays with a dish called Pig and Chick (fried chicken, sausage gravy and a fried egg over fries) and a Hawaiian breakfast sandwich which features Hawaiian linguiza, fried egg, mayo and tomato.
If the Ten 55 puts in as much energy into this new project that they have with their original brewery than Ten 55 Brewing and Sausage House will be a hit and a great addition to the happenings downtown.