Spent a nice evening preparing for Octoberfest. My wife is 100% ethnic German. Until I came along and polluted the gene pool her German pedigree was unblemished back to Hermann The German as far as I can tell.
So tonight I found myself at Vine Park Brewery in St. Paul making an assortment of German beers. We made a Malbock, Oktoberfest, Dortmunder, Pilsner, Hefewizen, and brown ale. Personally, I’m looking forward to the Dortmunder, a nice strong golden brew.
There was a time when I looked forward to a good old Oktoberfest. Two years ago Mrs S and headed down the New Ulm Minnesota for their celebration. New Ulm? I mean come on now, the city has a giant statue of Mrs S’s ancestor, Herman The German on a bluff over looking the entire town and the Minnesota River Valley.
I bought the official beer mug for the festival and had me a few glasses of German elixir. Actually, I had four, Mrs S’s count, not mine. Four beers over the course of a couple hours shouldn’t have affected me like it did, but who knows what the strength of that EuroBrew is, sneaky bastards. Mrs S drove us home, about and hour and a half or so drive. She wasn’t all that happy about having to drive her sweaty, loaded husband and his friend back home, about an hour and half drive. Sweaty BTW, after a couple hours of chicken dances, German drinking songs and polka music, lets simply say that I, had a great time!
Which BTW, I did. New Ulm does put on a great event, lots of fun, things to do in town.. all goodness.
The next day I pulled the new souvenir mug and poured myself a cold one. Oddly enough my 12oz bottle of beer.. filled the glass about 1/3rd of the way up. Hmmm whady’a know.. them German’s don’t necessarily have stronger beer, just a better delivery method.
This year, we’ll be doing Oktoberfest at our place, tasting some homemade Duetsche Brau.