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Let’s celebrate German Unity Day!

 TAGS:German Unity Day (Tag der Deutschen Einheit) is today and so it’s best we go filling our fridge with the most delicious delicacies that come from this land.

When planning my particularly German style celebration I find out that I am in doubt, because I do not know if going for a beer afternoon or a nice evening around a good selection of Riesling wines. I also do not rule out the possibility of including some proposals regarding apple cider or wine, so typical of this central European country as well.

Given the proximity of the Oktoberfest it would be nice to focus my attention on the beers, to warm up. Dark beer, white beer, pils … the options are too many and the afternoon of the 3rd of October has a limited amount of hours (and we have to get up early the next day), so I think that I will just focus on three proposals which will start by a Warsteiner tasting. I love this beer. I will serve it as a starter together with some pretzels accompanied by seasoned German sausages with curry sauce.

My next beer for the day will be an Erdinger, a Franziskaner or a Weihenstephaner Dunkel 20, because we cannot miss a wheat beer on this evening of celebration. It?s the perfect time to  start with the real food, something with authentic German flavor like Saxony loin or some kind of smoked poultry accompanied by sauerkraut. I cannot wait!

For the finishing touch, I will end the evening with a Urbock Eggenberger, although it really is unclear to me whether this beer is German or if it is Austrian, but its international recognition and high alcoholic content prompt me to want to try it for the first time on this Germanic inspiration day.

If at last I can resist this exciting beer offer, I could not expect less from Germany, and I decide to celebrate the national day of the country with wine, I will for sure buy Riesling. I still wonder if I will go by some from the Rhein area like Tower Classic Black or Blue Nun (which also exists in its low alcohol content version, with only 0.5%), or if I will choose some Mosel white wine, like Dr. Loosen.

Whatever my choice is I already know that I will have it together with a delicious plate of fish such as herring or smoked eel, with potatoes and, of course, a few shots of schnapps to finish the day and ensure a proper digestion.

 Let’s go to Germany! You’ll feel as a typical “deutsch” with this drinks:


Warsteiner, the most selled german beer all over the qorld.



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Blue Nun Riesling 2009, an excelent riesling at a great prize

Weissbier: the best beer for the summer

 TAGS:A terrace, a sunny afternoon and a beer in your hand. Can anyone imagine anything better than this? Well, in case that heat is starting to dry out your gray matter I am going to suggest an improved version of that utopia: vacations, sitting down on a terrace with nothing to do (zero obligations, that word does not exist anymore), a sunny afternoon in the small town of Weiden in Southern Germany and a Weissbier in your hand, can anyone resist to such a dreamy thought?

Weiden in der Oberpfalz is located in the German region of Bavaria, the birthplace of wheat beer, a paradise on Earth for beer lovers. It’s as simple as to imagine that every hundred feet you can be able to taste a different home Weissbier, all high quality and with such an amazing taste that even makes you sing in German, even though you don?t know a word in that language. Well, this is not so common right after the first drink, but it may become very normal at the end of the tasting tour.

The advantage of living far from Bavaria, is that we can use our Internet skills and thanks to the network we can buy great wheat beer, buy weissbier at great prices and from our own living room.

And then, once you got it, everyone can do as they like best. Have one while watching football, drink it in the park together with some friends, take it out just to the terrace or, in the best of the cases (lucky you!) to the beach. Just make sure that it is always very cold, because that?s when it tastes best.

For those who have never tried wheat beer before, I would recommend to start with a Paulaner. It should be noted, and everybody knows that these beers are not only generous in flavor, but so they are in quantity. They often come in 50 cl formats, a pint of satisfaction that may seem like to few when you really enjoy this type of beer.

Erdinger and Franziskaner are usually the most common. With these two beers experienced weissbier consumers are comfortable while they enjoy all the flavor nuances at a extremely reasonable price: around one or two Euros.

But if you are already tired of having always the same and you want to try something new, I would recommend you the Weihenstephaner Hefe, a German beer which will surprise you, as will the Kasteel, although this latter is Belgian, another point in its favor to not resist the temptation.

3 beers to finish the Euro 2012

 TAGS:I always write about wine: which wines are my favorites, curious things about wine, new wines or wines I want to try. But truth is that I also love beer. In fact, there are times when a beer replaces any other option. That happens for example, when we are at home with friends, ready to see any of those football games that end up making history, in and out of the screen.

There is no better excuse to try a new beer together with the pizzas, olives and chips. That?s the atmosphere. I propose three different ones, each with its inspiration for you to try them if you do not know them yet or to remember them if they were already in your list of favorites.

As the final match of the Euro 2012 has a clear Spanish character, I decided on a Damm Inedit. Despite its name, this beer is made in Spain. In fact its production started 60 years ago. At first it was only produced from October to March, to comply with the March beer character of its true German style, but its launch success got that a few years after it started to be available throughout the year. It will be the right choice for all those who like lagers and also to those who usually prefer brown ales. The last Damm berr, Damm Inedit, was created by Ferran Adria, the great spanish chef.

Italy vs Germany -not played yet when I was writing this. The second semi-final of the Tournament inspires me to suggest to you another beer. My choice has nothing to do with the team I support, but it has more to do with my love for wheat beers. Franziskaner is a classic and, to my taste, the perfect beer to watch a football game. Its generous flavor, its long 50cl and its persistent foam makes this beer perfect for an afternoon watching a game. But before getting started on it you should know that, even if you get a pint, one is never enough.

Finally, I wanted to finish my beer proposals with one of my favorites: the Peroni Gran Riserva. This italian “birra”, with its soft flavour, delicious foam and history make it an almost unbeatable beer. Of course, I prefer a draft beer, but to drink it at home I always choose the bottle, as it is the only guarantee of the quality of the foam as we expect.