What is Bavarian Beer? A Beginners Guide to Bavarian Beer Styles

Bavaria, in the heart of Southern Germany, is world-renowned for its beer, and this region has given birth to a wonderful array of brews. But what differentiates the diverse beers of Bavaria, and which kind most perfectly suits your taste? Sit down in a Gasthaus, or visit a BierGarten, and suddenly, you are faced with a selection No one wants…

Erdbeerbowle – A Refreshing Summer Strawberry and Wine Punch

Growing up, whenever my family has a larger summer gathering or Grill Party, my mother will make an Erdbeerbowle. This refreshing wine and strawberry punch is perfect on a warm afternoon. Sweet and light (but not TOO sweet). Plus, there is fruit involved, so you can sort of pretend it’s healthy. (Watch out for the kids though! When I was…

German German Beer Quiz … So You THINK You Know German Beer?

German and Beer go together like…well…  Beer and Pretzels. (Ok, that wasn’t a great analogy) Still, the German Beer Culture goes back for a thousand years, and there is a lot more about German Beer than Beer Steins and Oktoberfest! So, have a German Beer, try the Quiz, and let us know how you do! Good Luck and PROST! [quiz-cat…

Maps of German Wine Regions- Plan and Remember Your Wine Adventure

Are you planning a trip to Germany for a wine drinking adventure? You need a one of these Maps of German Wine Regions to help you organize your vacation!  I love maps. There is something about having an image to go along with an idea…. to see where the wineries are, how far apart… and what else is close by.…

The German Beer Boot- The History, Game, and How to Drink from It

I remember the first time I saw the German Beer Boot… I was 18 years old in Heidelberg, and a group of friends and I were in a Gasthaus where a Beer Boot competition was happening. I’m happy  to report that my Texan friend  won hands down (several times…) His prize? a Beer Boot to take home! But I did…

Maibowle Recipes- Enjoy this Refreshing Wine Punch from Germany!

  My mother often made a Bowle when we had large party. These wine punches were refreshing on warm summer afternoons in Southern California. Usually, they were made with wine, a bit of sugar, maybe some brandy, and fruit or herbal ingredients to give them more flavor. One of the more famous Bowles… a Maibowle…. But… What is Maibowle? A…

German Eiswein- The sweet Dessert Wine created by Frost

Although you wouldn’t think that frost or icy conditions are good from wine production, some growers count on the the cold so they can make Eiswein. But …. what is German Eiswein (Ice Wine)?? Is it frozen wine? Is it wine-flavored ice cream? Eiswein (Ice Wine, Eis Wine) is a refreshing and sweet (but not cloying) dessert wine produced in…

Beer Glass or Stein? German Beer Glasses for Different Types of Beer

One thing you may notice about Germans, is that they can be rather particular about what sort of glass their beer is served in. This is not just snobbery… there really are special Beer Glasses for different types of Beer. Certain shapes will accentuate the flavors of different types of beer. (Sort of like wine).   And why can’t you just…

Feuerzangenbowle Recipe and Where to Buy A Feuerzangenbowle Set

Nothing says Gemütlichkeit like a flaming drink…. The German Feuerzangenbowle Set (literally, Fire Tongs Punch brings friends together. This traditional, German mulled wine (Glühwein), has a flaming cone of sugar over it, slowly dripping the caramelized sugar into the warm wine for extra flavor. I absolutely fell hard for this drink while visiting the Christmas Markets in Germany last year.…

Traditional German Glühwein Recipe- German Mulled Wine For a Cold Evening

This German Gluhwein Recipe-Warms Your Toes and Your Tummy I love to make up this Traditional German Gluhwein Recipe during the Holiday season  rather then going to Costa Coffee or Starbucks for a cup of coffee. It smells good… it tastes good…. it SCREAMS Christmas in my ear…(oh wait… that’s the Kids…) (actually, a Gluhwein for mommy might make the screaming kids just…

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