Pilsner! where does it fit in? With the abundance of craft breweries and the ever-growing “categories” of beers out there, Standing in front of the beer fridge has never been so hard. The internal debate of wanting to try something new but also, wanting a beer you won’t pour down the sink and telling yourself you have wasted more money on worse things, leaves you in front of that fridge longer than you would like. You are picking a beer it should be easier. Let us help you by breaking down One sub-category.
Fun fact: You don’t need to drink alcohol to find it useful. Wines, vodkas and beers have had their share of unique uses over the years. You know the scene in movies where white vodka is used as a sterilizer. What we’re telling you in this blog is a little less extreme, but also incredibly useful.
No doubt you know somebody who’s made that ‘amazing trip’ to Europe, with a few days in Germany. The sights, the people, the food. Has it spurred your wanderlust? If you’re planning the trip yourself or hired a travel agent, bring these ideas to the table.
- Visit a castle
The hardest part is picking one. Be a daredevil and check out one in each region you visit! Neuschwanstein is the staple attraction and it might have inspired the design of Disney castle, do you really want to battle crowds of tourists? If your answer is a ‘hell NO’, check out the interactive maps on Roads to Ruins. They have a roll call of castles, forts, and palaces in each of Germany’s 16 states.
- Go to the Black Forest Region
Not just for the cake! The Black Forest/Oberkircher/Rudesheim region is famous for distilleries and wineries. The ecology of the area is perfect for the orchards and vineyards that produce the fruit needed for quality liqueurs. If you’re feeling adventurous, the Black Forest area borders France. That’s only a hop, skip, and a car drive away!
- Have all the traditional dishes
If it’s not pictured on Instagram with #foodporn, then it didn’t happen. German food has satisfied bellies in restaurants around the world, but they’ll never match the real thing. Put these on your list:
- Rouladen: pickles, bacon, and onion wrapped in veal
- Käsespätzle: egg noodles. Basically German mac and cheese.
- Maultaschen: ravioli the size of a dumpling, seen below. A funny story is people would eat these during Lent in spite of the pasta containing meat. The pasta covered the meat, therefore ‘hiding it’ from God.
- Prinzregententorte: sponge cake layered with chocolate buttercream and covered with a chocolate glaze.
- Visit the markets
Specifically the Christmas markets. Sip on some mulled wine and browse the amazing wares you can’t find anywhere else. Wanderlust lists their top 8, from Berlin to Rothenburg (the latter has a Christmas Museum!).
- Go to Flower Island
Mainau is maintained as a garden island and peak season produces amazing flowers. If you have hayfever, get those antihistamines ready because the trip will be worth it!
- Soak up knowledge on Museum Island
This UNESCO site has five museums that are heaven for brainiacs. They house exhibitions in art and archaeology; the bust of Nefertiti lives in the Neues Museum.
- Check out the local pubs
Germany has so many different varieties of beer you could drink a different one every day for over a decade! A big part of this is thanks to regional breweries with unique recipes. The bigger breweries will have publicised guided tours, but you’ll have to hunt harder if you want to check out small, regional ones.
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German liquor is pricey unless you know where to get it for cheaper. And cheaper prices equal more money in your wallet. You have some money left over, and we’re ready to aid and abet some YOLO spending.
There’s cheap schnapps at the supermarket and then there’s quality liqueur from a distillery that’s been brewing for a few hundred years. Schnapps is made differently on every continent. But there’s a few tell-tale signs that will help you tell good from great.
German beer has a long and varied history. It started as a simple drink made in monasteries and now it’s being served by hipsters in craft breweries. When you’re looking at buying German beer as a gift or planning an overseas trip that includes stops at a few local pubs, don’t make these mistakes.
Rudesheim am Rhein is a top winemaking region in Germany that’s a recommended stop for liquor aficionados. But there’s more to this town than a good red. Here are some ideas for your trip.
Schnapps is a drink that people from the German/Austrian region have become so accustomed to that they down a shot before breakfast. They need it as a part of their culture and routine. You might not need this fruity, herbal liqueur for the same reason but we have 5 compelling ones below.
A good night is stereotyped as an occasion where you go with your friends to an establishment and spend money on drinks (butterscotch schnapps anyone?). Lots of them. A number that warrants you avoiding a glance at your bank balance the next day. But have you considered a way to meet up with friends without costing you the whole bar? We have the ingredients you need for your next night in.
We stock German wine that will make your friends weak at the knees, but it’s best to know what you’re buying before you rock up to their house and brag about it. There’s grape varieties to consider, wine making regions, and even the name on the label. Where to start?! Let’s begin with the basics.