Leeds German-themed bar’s vegan sausage is not the wurst idea ever!

VEGGING OUT: Head chef Adam Van Hecke with the new vegan hot dog.
VEGGING OUT: Head chef Adam Van Hecke with the new vegan hot dog.
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Leeds’s German-themed bar The Bierkeller is launching a vegan version of its most famous dish - a meat-free Bavarian sausage.

The company is know for its authentic German sausages, from the classic Bavarian bratwurst to a Viennese Kaserkraner made with pure pork and cheese, and a fiery Rindwurst with a kick of chilli and garlic.

But now Bierkeller has decided to expand its signature sausage selection after a rise in demand from customers who want the taste minus the meat.

Its new menu features a vegan ‘wurst’ made with wheat protein and smoked to give it an intense flavour.

Head chef Adam Van Hecke, who oversees menu development for Bierkeller bars across the country, says the new addition has already had a thumbs-up from sausage fans.

“A lot more people are vegan or vegetarian now, either through choice or health reasons, so we felt we needed to cater for what was an increasing crowd,” he explained.

“Bierkeller is so well known for its sausages so that’s why it was important to have this wider selection and really show it off.”

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