Perlenbacher is the house brand of the Lidl supermarket chain. It isn't an actual brewery; several breweries produce beer for Lidl on contract. Premium Pils Their most popular offering appears to be their Premium Pils which they stock in large quantities (any beer with "premium" on the label must be making up for … Continue reading Perlenbacher
A Quickie in Würzburg
It's been a benign three weeks since my last post, and at some point in the last three weeks I realised that I finally felt "settled" in my school as a staff member. The other staff members seem to be "used" to me now, and some have even expressed appreciation for what I do, which means a lot because the culture here is seldom complimentary for the sake of it.
Shit Beer Showdown
Here in Germany there is no lack of great beer; there is also no lack of shit beer. There are several shit German beers which have achieved international fame, the usual big name swills: Beck's, Bitburger and Radeburger, which are all relatively unpleasant pilseners. By no means are these the worst, and it is my mission to find the cheapest, nastiest, skunkiest pisswater in all of Germany.
Cham, Regensburg and a visitor from the North
It’s that time again for a short blog entry. January has flown by and things at school are slightly confusing as three teachers in the English faculty are either sick or on parental leave. Therefore, my timetable has changed slightly and I have a few new classes. It has been snowing in snatches and the daylight hours are gradually getting longer (at the peak of winter the sun sets at about 4pm but now it sets at around 5).
German Ales & Sours
German ales have taken a back seat since lager styles exploded in popularity near the end of the Middle Ages. But they still have a lot to offer. The most famous German ale is easily Hefeweizen with its distinctive and refreshing taste. German sours are a very rare and arcane breed of beers. German Ales … Continue reading German Ales & Sours
10 Years of Beer Geekery
I frequently get asked by Germans why I chose to move to Germany, knowing full well that Germans won’t be satisfied with any answer I give them. I often answer “because of the beer”, and they often respond incredulously with light chuckling not knowing that that’s probably the best answer I can give them.
Lager beer is, for better or worst, the most popular type of beer in the world. Most of the nastiest, cheapest, watery beers produced gigalitre by gigalitre by the enormous multinational breweries around the world are ignominious attempts at brewing lager.
Journey to the East II: Berlin, Magdeburg & Sachsenhausen
Last Friday I took a train to the federal capital, Berlin, which is exactly three hours from Erlangen. I first visited Berlin about four years ago and back then I had mixed feelings about it. So this was a chance to reassess the city from a slightly different mindset. During my stay in Berlin, I also took the chance to visit the German states of Sachsen-Anhalt and Brandenburg.
Silvester: sliding into the new year
New Year’s Eve in Germany is called Silvester which is named, for some positively boring religious reason, after Pope Sylvester I and, unfortunately, not after the lisping cat from the Looney Tunes. We had a Sause, a crude colloquial nominalisation denoting a “booze-up”, a word which I had learnt some years prior from a few German undesirables in Lithuania of all places.
Since it was my first Xmas outside of Australia and I have no family here to celebrate with, my friend, Mirj, who lives in Nuremberg, invited me to her family’s Xmas celebrations, which was super nice of her. So I was not only having my first German Xmas but my first Franconian one, and it should be very obvious already that Franconia is my favourite region in Germany.