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.