armed with dual degrees in philosophy and germanic language, and not only possessing, but willing to wear a dirndl, das beefrau is a triple threat well positioned to philosophize about beer and other related things (like pretzels, sausages, schnitzel, and the schism between descartes and kant that still rocks the world of philosophy to this day), and the correct use of umlauts.
Guten Tag and Wilkommen to the Bierfrau’s inaugural column! Here you will find descriptions, reviews and fun facts about the beer and beer kultur at Little Pub (or, die kleine Kneipe). Occasionally, the column will highlight other wunders to be found at the Pub too, because the Bierfrau cannot subsist on beer alone – although, she has tried! So raise your glass and Prost! to what promises to be both informative and irreverently irrelevant.
A natural place for the Bierfrau to begin is Germany. The featured beer of today is Schneider-Weisse’s Original Hefeweizen. A classic Bavarian German wheat beer (Hefe meaning “yeast” and weizen, “wheat”), this beer has not changed a drop since its original inception in 1872. Wheat beers are unfiltered, meaning that the yeast is left in the beer after the batch is brewed. The result is a clouder, more flavorful beer. Unfiltered beers also retain their vitamins, specifically vitamin B, a key compontent in decreasing the severity of a hangover. (If you plan to do a lot of unfiltered beer drinking, take a vitamin B with water before you go to bed and thank the Bierfrau later!) The yeast rests at the bottom of the bottle and the beer must be poured completely vertically into a specifically designed glass. This way, the yeast hits the bottom of the glass and breaks up upon impact. This Schneider-Weisse is perfectly potent at 5.4% abv and is enjoyed best with hearty food, essentially the only kind offered in southern Germany. This would pair best with our burgers, steak or even the reuben and rachel. Even if you’re not eating though, it is worth ordering just to see the bartender or server slave over the perfekt pour.
Our trivial trivia for the day is on the importance of song when making (or enjoying) beer. A phrase from the Middle Ages states, “when brewing, one must sing. Only then the beer gets done.” Often, singing was encouraged to ensure that the apprentices stayed awaked and vivacious in the brew house. The same holds true today, as you will frequently hear both Devin and Dave singing by the service station. In this way, they raise spirits among the crew as patrons simultaneously raise their spirits in pure enjoyment.