Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Beyond Oktoberfest: A guide to German beer and wine festivals

The Local offers this guide to beer destinations around Germany:

  • Beer Festivals

    • August 6-8: Berlin Beer Festival

    • September 10 - October 4: Oktoberfest, Munich

  • Bars and Beer Halls

    • Augustinerkeller, Munich

    • Paulaner am Thielenplatz, Hannover

    • zum Uerige, Düsseldorf

  • Brewery Tours

    • Brauerei Erdinger, Erding

    • Andechser Klosterbräu, Ammersee

    • Brauerei Beck, Bremen

  • Bathe in beer

    • Kummeroer Hof, Neuzelle

Get all the details at The Local.

1 comment:

Vince, OXOjamm said...

I Recently came back from my first trip ever to Germany and since I have been back, I have been doing a lot of bragging!

For instance: I have been bragging about the food and the bakery's and the service in the restaurants and the cleanliness of the restaurants and the spotless "operating room" clean Bathrooms (where one never has to worry if there will be toilet paper or soap) and how excellent the Highways are and the extraordinary quality of the products produced (Especially the peerless quality of German Batteries) and last but not least, the exceptional quality of German Beer!

Well, as you might expect, people have been getting a little annoyed at this constant flow of "Deauchland Uber Everything!" and so, in an attempt to pigeonhole me into shutting up, I was presented with a flat out "America love it or leave it" proposition, Give us a clear example of why Germany is superior to America!..." and so Here it is:

An independent laboratory presented two glasses of liquid to the German Parliament committee of foods and drugs and said plainly, "In this glass is German Beer and in this Glass is German Piss, Which one do you want to drink?" And without deliberation, a unanimous "We will drink the German beer!", was exclaimed.

Then, the same situation was presented to the American Committee on food and drugs and the committee chair said, "Now lets take a closer look at this.....I move that we form a sub committee to analyze the various properties, benefits and liabilities of each and reconvene in a month to review the results.......and I propose a budget of 1 million dollars to fund the research necessary to properly analyze this problem." After 4 weeks and 1 million dollars, the Committee decided to choose beer over Piss.
Then, The independent laboratory presented two new glasses of liquid to the German Parliament committee on Food and drugs and said, "In this Glass is German Beer...and in this Glass there s German beer with one drop of Piss in it, Please choose one." And the Committee immediately resounded in Unison, "Pure German Beer!"...

When the Identical situation was Presented to the American Committee for Food and Drugs they said, "Well, this is something new! Beer with a drop of Piss in it! We need to analyze this to see if a drop of piss in the beer is harmful or beneficial or doesn't effect you enough to worry about it."

And so, 4 weeks (and another Million Dollars) later the committee decided that Pure German Beer was not only not harmful to the public but presented certain benefits....and that Pure German Beer with a Drop of Piss in it was not necessarily harmful to the Public..... but that only Pure German Beer (Without any piss) would be allowed in the Congress chambers!

Now, you might think this is a story of fiction, but in reality, if you replace the word "beer" with "whiskey", you will find it to be absolutely true and that Whiskey with Piss (Or anything else) in it, is not allowed in the American Congress, only Bourbon......and that Nothing, (AND I MEAN NOTHING) with piss in it (or anything else), is allowed in any consumable product in Germany, at all!

So, why is it that the Germans have this extraordinary ability to fathom excellence without having to think about it so much??? Well, they have been making excellent decisions like this for centuries and so by now it just comes natural. While we are still talking about wind power and solar power and hyper mileage vehicles, they looked at these things and instead of analyzing it to death, just nod in the affirmative with typical German excellence and go ahead and just do it!

Now, that is why I say, "Germany over everything!"

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