By: Stefanie Gans
After looking at spaces for three years, Lothar Erbe and wife June Bush will open a permanent space for Lothar’s Gourmet Sausages. For the last six years the couple sold their mostly German-style sausages—Erbe attended butchery school in Frankfurt, Germany and apprenticed in the Bavaria region of Germany and Spain—at area farmers markets, and finally found the right fit in Purcellville. With only 750 square feet, the shop, as Bush says, will be “cozy and unique” and “designed for customers to have view of the production area.”
Erbe will make sausages onsite, and the long list of meats includes: nuernbergers, English bangers, hot Mediterranean brats, sweet Italian grillers, andouille, Bavarian country brats, bacon (traditional and non-nitrate) and smoked hams. New to the store will be frankfurters, fleischwurst (pork, beef and combination), weisswurst, liverwurst, gelbwurst, and schinkens. Although there will be no ready-made food or sandwiches, Bush hopes to find Virginia-made mustard and other condiments.
Lothar’s Gourmet Sausages isn’t expected to open until early May, Bush says, “we’re already getting phone calls. People are already stopping by.” / Lothar’s Gourmet Sausages, 860 E. Main St., Purcellville