Learn to speak Sheboyganese!

It has been said that here in Sheboygan, WI, we have our own accent – not quite the Yooper accent, but definitely a spin-off of lazy German. We may have our own versions and words for things, but we know what they mean and that’s what matters. So we want to prepare you for your trip to Sheboygan, so that when you hear “dose” or “brat,” you know it doesn’t mean “multiple deer” or “a naughty child.”

Double brat wit da works

Two brats on a Sheboygan hard roll with everything

How 'bout dem Packers?

How about those Packers?

Bratwurst Capital of the WorldBrat-Oath

In 1970, Sheboygan battled Bucyrus, Ohio for the title of Bratwurst Capital of the World. After a grueling duel, the Sheboygan Press reported on August 14, 1970, that Judge John Bolgert had rendered an official decision bestowing the title upon Sheboygan and barring all other claimers from using it.

The landmark decision noted “…that based upon the findings of fact herein above stated that the citizens of Sheboygan through their sausage makers, bakers and backyard chefs have established their right to the herein litigated title not only by virtue of claim but also by virtue of performance.” Judge Bolgert concluded, “It is the judgment of this court that Sheboygan is and of right ought to be Bratwurst Capital of the World.” …and so it is.

In Sheboygan, we take our brats seriously.

First, we fry them on a grill. And no, we absolutely do not grill brats on a grill; wefry them–period. Many a visitor and transplant to Sheboygan has been confused by the well-known phrase, “fry brats.” But know for certain that we are not utilizing the word “fry” incorrectly, nor are we spelling it incorrectly when we write, “I fryed brats,” in reference to how one spent a weekend. That is just simply how it is done in Sheboygan. We fry brats, and having fryed them to perfection, we dress them on a round (not oblong) Sheboygan hard roll and sprinkle with onion and brown mustard. There you have it! The Sheboygan brat, fryed and dressed, that earned the titleBratwurst Capital of the World.

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