Instagram, Man: Blind Bat Brewery and Ridgewood Pork Store Kielbasa Collaboration

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Ridgewood Pork Store is sausage-collaborating with Blind Bat Brewery.

Jonel Picioane, owner of the Ridgewood, New York meat store, befriended Paul Dlugokencky, owner of Centerport’s Blind Bat Brewery, at G&G Long Island Winter Farmers Market in Huntington, where both are vendors. Picioane is using Blind Bat Brewery’s Vlad The Inhaler, a grodziskie (Poland-originated style) brewed with oak-smoked wheat and barley, in a kielbasa.

“We grind the pork meat and throw the spices and beer into the mixer,” says Picioane, whose father purchased Ridgewood Pork Store in 1975. “Then we smoke it for two hours.”

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“Jonel is an old-world artisan, and he created a classic, delicious, smoky kielbasa,” says Dlugokencky. “It was a limited run, but I’m hoping he will make more when I can get him more Vlad the Inhaler.”

Picioane sold “about 15-20 pounds” of Vlad The Inhaler-included kielbasa on March 24. He will produce more for G&G Long Island Winter Farmers Market on April 07.