Radler. What is it?

Stiegl's Lemon Radler

Usually considered a summertime thirst quencher, a Radler is a bavaria Biermischgetränk (basically a beer-based mix drink). Like it’s British relative, the Shady, it’s half beer and half sweetened drink like a sprite or lemon-aide. Actually, I think the only true difference between the two drinks is what country you make it in and what beer you’re using. So if you use a light german pilsner and a orange soda-water, than it’s a Radler. If you’re in England and its Bass and a ginger ale, then you’re enjoying a Shandy.

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Alpine Wurst and Meat Haus

Alpine Wurst & Meat House & Restaurant, Honesdale PA

    ★★★★☆

A radio commercial around christmas is what originally brought me to The Alpine Wurst and Meat House and Restaurant for the first time. My parents had just retired and moved out to the Poconos and determined to make a classic german holiday dinner. After finishing my last time of christmas shopping and trying to find my way back to their house, I was flipping through the radio stations when I heard an ad talking about a local wurst house that made their own sausages and had a restaurant attached.

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What! No Beer?

a 1933 talkie starring buster keaton and jimmy durante

I came across this awesome swedish poster for the american MGM film “What! No beer?” starring Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante. I guess this was Keaton’s last starring roll in a US film. Although it was a money maker at the time, it seems to have falling into the halls of forgotten films.

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Schnitzel & Things

    ★★★★☆

Ah Schnitzel & Things, you are truly the odd man out in my bier hall crawl for one obvious reason. As a traveling street truck, you don’t serve beer, so no beer meter rating here. So for official bier hall crawl #3 I made a stop over to the much hyped and award winning (it won the Vendy Award last year for “rookie of the year”.

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Dunkel Bier. What is it?

Most people think of beer and they picture a golden lager with a nice white head. Even my beer rating icon plays along with this stereotype (I admit it), but beers really do come in all shades. Well my friends, I have a little secret to let you in on, Guinness isn’t the only dark beer out there, in fact, some of the best ones, are german.

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Hallo Berlin, Hell’s Kitchen

    ★★★☆☆

Hallo Berlin otusideAlpinewurst und BaurenwurstShaun in from of the Hallo Berlin Wall

Hallo Berlin pretty much has a mini german empire in NY. Not only do they have their main restaurant and biergarten on 44th and 10th ave in Manhattan, but they also have an “express” storefront a few blocks away on 9th ave, a sausage cart thats stationed weekdays for lunch on 5th ave in the 50s, and even an alpine looking lodge in Conklin, NY.

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