Germany: Scheibel Family Brandy Distillers

Tasting the fruit of the Black Forest is as easy as dropping into the Scheibel distillery, well-known throughout the region as creators of premium brandy. The careful selection of regional and rare fruits, the distillery’s unique wood-fired stoves and a disciplined aging process all contribute to the fine quality of Scheibel branded spirits. Family owned […]

Germany: Baden’s Hex Vom Dasenstein Winery

The name of this wine cooperative comes from a colorful local legend. According to the story, in 1356AD, the daughter of a local nobleman had an affair with a commoner from the village of Kappelrodeck. Once her father discovered the affair, he banished his daughter from their castle and she was forced to spend the […]

Munich’s Legendary Beer Hall & Oldest Brewery: Hofbräuhaus München

Hofbräuhaus‘ story begins in 1589, when Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, dissatisfied with the quality of beer in the city, decided that Munich would brew its own. With that decision, Hofbräuhaus was born, though at the time, it only brewed a brown ale. Wilhelm’s son and successor, Duke Maximilian I, changed that as he preferred […]

The Bavarian Maibaum: A 16th Century Tradition

Erected in towns throughout Bavaria, the maibaum, or maypole, is meant to symbolize the independence, strength and community of a town. A long-standing tradition and closely governed by local regulations, the maibaum has to have a height of at least 30 meters and can only stand for a maximum of 5 years. Once a tree […]

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