Friday, May 19, 2017

Still Stuck in US Trying to Find True German Beer

I haven't been back to Germany since 2013, and it doesn't look good for this year either. That leaves me with a dilemma. The only place I can drink what I consider to be true German beer without all the changes is the Las vegas Hofbrauhaus, which ships the beer in by kegs from Munich. The taste is authentic. Everything else is like drinking micro-brew.

Recently, I have visited the Phoenix Club in Anaheim a couple of times. It is a German social club that puts on a beer fest during the Oktoberfest season. They have a nice little Stube where you can order several German beers on tap. I have been pleasantly surprised the these last couple of times. Here is what they have right now on tap:

Dinkelacker Oktober Fesr
Schwabenbrau Keller Bier (Like Dinkelacker, a Stuttgart brwery.)
Munchner Hofbrau
Kostritzer, an east German dark beer that has caught on in the US for several years.
Bitburger, which they call their "house beer".

I have tried the Dinkelacker and the Munchner Hofbrau, which I like though the latter is nothing like what you get in Munich or Las Vegas. The Schwabenbrau is OK, but not as good (to me) as the former two beers.

Please excuse the lack of diacritical marks on the beers.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Trumer Pils: When Not in Germany

It's been over three years since I've been able to get back to Germany, so let's take a look at a micro beer that comes close to the real thing.

Introducing Trumer Pils, a small brewery in Berkeley (of all places) that is based on an Austrian recipe,

I've been buying Trumer Pils at the local Bevmo, and I think it's an excellent American beer. It has a nice smooth taste that reminds you of a European beer-not watery.

I still maintain that the only place in the US with authentic German beer is the Hofbrauhaus in Las Vegas. That's because the kegs are shipped directly to Las Vegas from the HB in Munich with no pasteurization etc.

If you are not in Germany or Las Vegas, however, you have to look for alternatives like Trumer Pils.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Berlin: The Truck Attack

I hate to be political on this site, but it seems fitting. When will Germany wake up?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Americans Are Drinking Beer After the Election

I can only guess at what the politically-correct German media is reporting to all our  friends in Germany about the election of Donald Trump. Suffice to say, Americans are a pretty divided people when it comes to politics.

Some are drinking beer.

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The other half? They are drinking beer.

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Friday, August 5, 2016

I'm Getting the German Beer Jones

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That's an old expression about heroin addiction in the inner city. Not having been back to Germany in three years, I need to get back and taste some real beer. The only chance I get here is when I am in Vegas and dining at the Hofbrauhaus. They ship it in in kegs from the Munich facility and the taste is authentic.

We just had a new pub open up near my house and they have Spaten on tap in liter sized glasses. Alas, the taste is not truly authentic although I once dined at their own restaurant in Munich, and didn't consider Spaten to be one of the city's better brews. (Nice glass and logo, however.)

I am presently working on the Feldmarshal (my wife) to consent to a trip to Germany next year for Erlangen's beer fest (Bergkirchweih). It runs June 1-12, 2017. Problem is she thinks Erlangen is too small and boring. To me, it's like a second home since I was stationed there in the Army (1966-68) and wrote a book on its history. (Erlangen-An American's History of a German Town)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Will There Soon Be a New Reinheitsgebot in Germany?

This week, Germany celebrated the 500th anniversary of the famed Bavarian Reinheitsgebot (Purity Law), which in 1516 specified that only three ingredients could be used in brewing beer- water, hops and malt (later amended to include yeast). This spread all over Germany and helped make German beer the best in the world.

Yet, with the current situation in Germany with the migrants, refugees, and illegal immigrants, most of whom are Muslim, many of whom are acting like they own the place, I wonder what the future holds for beer in Germany. I mean could Clausthaler become the biggest beer in Germany soon?

Or the only beer?