Enjoy the Summer on Long Island!

There are so many great things about the summer here on Long Island. To start we have beautiful warm weather from June through September. Surrounded by water, there’s the stunning Atlantic Ocean on the south shore and the cool Long Island sound on the north shore. Long Island also has many charming local villages that feature eclectic “main streets” that offer so many shopping, dining and strolling options. From end to end, Long Island is a great place to enjoy the summer months, whether it’s on the beach, in your backyard or at your favorite local restaurant ...

German Beers to Enjoy in the Summer

The summer months offer so many options for beer drinkers. Sure, there’s always swimming, boating and going to the beach, but in the summer there are also some terrific seasonal beers to enjoy. Often these beers are only released for a limited time, so if you want to enjoy something new and maybe a little lighter and more refreshing in the warm summer months – try a summery German beer! Now the words, “summery German beer” may sound like an oxymoron because often when people think of German beer, they think of heavier, darker brews and lagers. And while ...

Fun German Food Facts

German food is rich in tradition, taste and history. While many of us enjoy an occasional savory dish of sauerbraten, a grilled bratwurst or heavenly piece of apple strudel, how much do we really know about German food and its traditions? We have compiled a list of some fun and interesting facts about German food and food related customs and traditions from the past to the present. Pork is the most consumed meat in Germany. "Kaffee" is similar to the British tea time. This is a break taken by German folks sometime between lunch and dinner, to enjoy a cup of ...

Top German Foods

German food is rich, hearty and extremely delicious! Many people consider German inspired dishes as the ultimate comfort food. While many different regions of Germany have their own regional versions of some classic German recipes, here is a list (in no particular order) of some of our favorite classic German dishes. Sauerbraten This is one of the most well-known and much loved German dishes! Sauerbraten which means “sour or pickled roast” is a pot roast that is often regarded as one of the country’s national dishes. It can be made prepared with many ...

Cold Beer and German Appetizers?

How about a cold German beer and some German appetizers? A German appetizer sounds somewhat like an oxymoron. When we think of German food – we often think of heavier and more filling foods like sauerbraten, potato dumplings and crispy breaded schnitzels – like wienerschnitzel or jagerschnitzel and huge platters of German sausages like bratwurst and knockwurst. And while these foods are always delicious and very filling – when you think of German food, you often don’t think of appetizers! The formal definition of the word appetizer is: a small portion of ...

Fun Facts About Germany and German Traditions!

While we know that Germany produces some of the best beer in the world and is famous for its traditional and flavorful foods – like schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerbraten and more, there are many other interesting facts about this historical country and its people! Here are some interesting facts about this historic central European nation: There are over 150 castles in Germany. There are over 35 dialects of the German language. Germans are the second largest beer consumers in the world, surprisingly - Czechoslovakia is first! College is free for everyone ...

Best Beers to Drink This Spring Season!

What’s more refreshing on a warm spring day then relaxing (preferably outside) and enjoying one of your favorite beers? Spring is great time to enjoy beer because many beer makers release seasonal and unique beers for the spring season! Whether you like a crisp brew, a wheat ale, a refreshing pilsner or an IPA, there are many options to choose from during the spring season. Classic spring styles of beer are often lighter-bodied with bright and fresh flavors that personify the season. Some spring brews may feature notes of fruit, citrus, floral and coriander. Brewers ...

German Beer on Saint Patrick’s Day?

It seems that everyone wants to be Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day! While not everyone will don a green sweater and make a pot of savory corned beef and cabbage; regardless of their ethnicity, many folks like to take part in one of the most traditional (and enjoyable) activities to celebrate the holiday – DRINKING BEER! And while the Irish make some delicious stouts, lagers and ales, why not try a festive German beer to go with your corned beef or a hearty slice of Irish soda bread? Enriched in history just like their Irish counterparts, Hofbrau beers offer distinct ...

Hofbrau History – Some historical facts about your favorite German brewery

The original Hofbrau Brewery was founded in 1589 by Whilelm V, the Duke of Bavaria, as the official royal brewery of the country.  It was to be exclusively for the use of the royal family. The beer quickly became quite popular thanks to the first brewer, Heimeran Pongratz, and the famous "Bavarian Beer Purity Law" of 1516 that stated that only natural ingredients could be used in the brewing process. Wilhelm had a son, Maximilian I, who did not care much for the popular Braunbier, which was a dark and heavy brown beer.  So in the 17th century, Maximilian I turned the ...

History of Beer Gardens – More than Just a Shady Spot to Enjoy Your Beer!

What’s more inviting on a warm spring afternoon than sitting at an old wooden picnic table in the middle of an outdoor patio or garden, enjoying your favorite German beer under the shade of some trees?  Add an oversized Bavarian pretzel and maybe a knockwurst with some grainy German mustard – and the day can’t get much better! While this al fresco spring and summer experience is always an anticipated, good time – there’s much more cultural history to a beer garden than enjoying a cold brew in a park like setting. Beer Gardens (translated from the German ...