I've never been big on birthdays but since moving to Germany I've grown to look forward to mine. Not that getting older has become more enticing but my wife has turned it into a beery adventure since she couldn't come up with a better gift. First, it became an annual trip to my favorite of … Continue reading How to Keep the wife happy in Zeil am Main
Heading up to sample the local beer of not only one of the most traditional but remote brewing areas of Germany, I had a romantic notion of women not only serving their wares from kitchen-like pubs but also doing the handy work of actually making the fermented beverages on offer. Though my notion was only … Continue reading Diary of a Mad Craft Beer Brewing Housewife in the Land of Zoigl
Oddly enough craft beer is a new term on the German brewing scene. I find it odd as Germans have generally had a long history of hand crafting beer and though there is more than enough mass production of mediocre beer going on, there are still tons of relatively large breweries producing beers much as … Continue reading Craft Beer in Germany?
Now, Uehlfeld might be on the Bierstrasse but it's hardly on any other tourist thoroughfare even if it lies in the middle of the admittedly pretty Aisch Valley. Even the Bierstrasse (literally Beer Street) was of only passing interest to me until I'd read about a pair of breweries in the tiny hamlet of Uehlfeld. … Continue reading You can tuna fish (and a piano) but can you tune a carp?
The expression smiling all the way to the bank suddenly came to me as I could feel a bit of a smirk on my face as the conductor asked for my ticket. It's true, I had had to buy two tickets that day instead of the usual Bavaria ticket that would have been good for … Continue reading A Ticket to Bock
Bock beer's popularity is understandable. Sure, you could point to the added strength of the brew, generally packing more punch for your money. Or the richness of its flavor, but really it's probably just in the name, isn't it? I could go on about the lineage of bock, dating back to 14th century Einbeck in … Continue reading Following the Bocks in Regensburg
Prologue: Where? Franconia is a region in Northern Bavaria. Topography? Hilly, lush green with dense forests and stoney outcroppings. How big? It's about the size of West Virginia. How many? There are around 300 breweries in this small area. When? Now, this is the last beer frontier. It's changing every day and may not be … Continue reading How to drink beer all day and lose weight in four days
Working as an English teacher here in Munich has exposed me to a lot of new people and new beers. Since I'm in fair shape and on the thin side, my German students often comment that I don't look like I'm such a big beer drinker. Of course, they get the idea I am because … Continue reading In Franconia: All Paths lead to Beer