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A Beginner's Guide to German Beer Styles

Drinks Mike Reis 31 comments

Our quick and handy guide to a few of the German beer styles you'll likely run into at your local shop. More

Domino's Still Waiting to Conquer Germany

Slice Kate Andersen 3 comments

Domino's—that leviathan of the pizza industry—is reexamining it's over-optimistic plans for expansion in Germany, after two years of slow growth. More

Silvaner: Where Will this White Wine Grape Pop Up Next?

Drinks Stevie Stacionis Post a comment

This acid-driven white wine grape has been at it for over 500 years, and has changed gears, reinvented itself and worn any number of hats. Its future looks bright—and long. More

Beers You Should Know And Drink: Gose

Drinks Sean M. Buchan 7 comments

What sets this style apart from a witbier are the adjuncts. Coriander and salt are added during (or after) the boil in order to create a fuller mouthfeel and added complexity. (This tradition may have arisen from salty springs that provided early brewers their water.) Typically brewed below 5.0% ABV, these session beers are ideal to crack open on a warm spring day. More

5 Doughnuts We Love in Berlin, Germany

Sweets Katherine Sacks 13 comments

While you can find doughnuts at nearly every bäckerei, corner store, and train station in Berlin, including an unfortunate proliferation of Dunkin' Donuts, we suggest skipping the tourist stands. Instead try these five family-run bakeries which are a true step above the rest. More

What Does Modern Berlin Food Look Like?

Conor O'Rourke 1 comment

A brother-and-sister duo are seeking to dispel the myths about Berlin's cuisine (or, more importantly, its lack thereof) and show people exactly why they love Berliner food. They presented five variations on classic Berlin dishes, subtly and not-so-subtly updated. More

Snapshots from Germany's Wine Country: Mosel, Nahe, and Rheinhessen

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

It is one thing to drink wine at home, to open bottles at a dinner party, to remark on how delicious something is. It is one thing to read the long, hard-to-pronounce words on a label as you sip, and find a picture of that place online or in a book. It is another thing entirely to stand on that hard-to-pronounce hill and feel the wind pulling at your hair, feel the loose red rocks slipping under your sneakers. More

Photo of the Day: Crazy-Steep Slopes at Ürziger Würzgarten on the Mosel

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 4 comments

Can you imagine arriving here and thinking, 'that looks like a good place to plant grapes'? It's so steep that it's hard to keep your footing, the red slate rocks sliding out from under your shoes. More

11 Delicious German Rieslings to Drink with Dinner Tonight

Drinks Maggie Hoffman 1 comment

When people ask me about why riesling seems so trendy right now, my first answer is that it's delicious, and my second answer is that it's delicious with food. There isn't heavy oak or heavy alcohol to stand in the way of a happy match, and the wine tends to have a delicious herbal and mineral character that makes it a particularly fantastic partner for seafood. Want to try for yourself? What's for dinner tonight? More

Bottom Shelf Beer Olympics: Germany

Drinks Will Gordon 18 comments

Next Tuesday is my birthday, and for the first time in several decades I care slightly more about the occasion than the rest of you do. It's entirely possible that I wrote a big "Hey, it's my birthday!" post last year, but if so I assure you I was faking it, because last year my birthday was a Sunday. No one needs an excuse to drink outside on a summer Sunday afternoon, and a dozen sunshine beers is plenty parade enough for any well-adjusted partially grown man. More

Reality Check: The Lauginator, McDonald's Germany's Pretzel-bun Burger

A Hamburger Today Conor O'Rourke 9 comments

In a move probably alleged to be a miracle of social marketing, McDonald's Germany recently unveiled five crowd-sourced burgers, each with a vaguely German focus. More

10 Food Souvenirs from Germany

Conor O'Rourke 55 comments

When you think of German food, certain things tend to come to mind. Cabbage, potatoes, sauerkraut, schnitzel, potatoes, bread, pickles. But these things don't tend to travel well. Luckily, Germany is home to a whole host of other foods that can make the journey home just fine. And people will thank you. More

Berlin: Not-Quite Great Burgers at The Bird

A Hamburger Today Conor O'Rourke 18 comments

American-run burger and steakhouse The Bird claims to make Berlin's highest-quality hamburgers, and seems to have the credentials to back it up. But there's trouble in paradise. More

Berlin: Standing Room Only at Burgermeister

A Hamburger Today Conor O'Rourke 8 comments

Burgermeister occupies a building under the train tracks near U-Bahnhof Schlesisches Tor formerly used as a public restroom. Yeah, don't ask. The point is, now it's a damn fine hamburger restaurant. More

Snapshots from Germany: 10 Cheap Eats in Berlin

Conor O'Rourke 22 comments

Berlin isn't the first city that comes to mind when thinking of Europe's rich culinary traditions. But hidden behind the thousands of döner shops is a hearty, affordable food scene, drawing from Berlin's multikulti landscape. Here are 10 cheap eats—currywurst, schnitzel, falafel, and more. More

Video: Degrading German McDonald's Commercial, According to Burger King

A Hamburger Today Robyn Lee 10 comments

This commercial from McDonald's in Germany didn't make it to the TV airwaves because Burger King found it "degrading," reports Ad Age. In the commercial a young boy keeps getting his McDonald's food stolen by older boys while sitting in a skate park, until he conceals his food by putting behind a less enticing Burger King bag. More

20 Recipes for Oktoberfest: Sausage, Sauerkraut, Pretzels, and More

Christine Chung 2 comments

Oktoberfest means two weeks of sausage, kraut, pretzels, and beer. Sign us up! The annual German beer festival lasts from late September through early October. Put on your lederhosen and join us in celebrating with these beer-friendly German-inspired recipes. More

Riesling Report: Willi Schaefer Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett 2008

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

Riesling nerds tend to sigh when you mention Willi Schaefer; the tiny production, the beautiful flavors, the few bottles they've sequestered away in long-term storage. There's an elegance and polish to this wine that you don't see at lower price levels, but the excitement is still there. A fennel and elderflower note reminded us a bit of pastis, with blue-green, mentholated eucalyptus-like flavor as it opens up. More

Oktoberfest: More Than a Wedding Party

Drinks Lisa Grimm 1 comment

Munich's Oktoberfest began not as a beer festival, but with a royal wedding—on October 12, 1810, Crown Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria married Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen, and Bavaria rejoiced. Everyone in Munich was invited by the Bavarian National Guard to enjoy the five-day party. The field in which most events were held became known as Theresienwiese, in honor of the princess. In fact, it was so much fun (and remuneratively rewarding for Munich's city fathers) that it was decided to celebrate the royal couple's anniversary each year in similar style. More

Riesling Report: Rudi Veit Piesporter Goldtropfchen Riesling Spatlese, 2008

Drinks Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

It's as luscious as a dripping ripe peach, but as tart as one, too. It's a smooth, golden wine that's not cloying, with a delicate minerality that's woven through every sip, soft hints of slate and peach skin. If you're going upscale, serve with lobster ravioli in a light cream sauce. But the perfect pairing might be fried chicken and buttery biscuits. More

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