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#472: Hello, Lovelies

Gifts from Germany.

Things I’ll Miss About Heidelberg… #4

The beer.

Particularly Rothaus Tannen Zäpfle.

I don’t even drink much Kölsch. In fact, I’m not sure why I included it in this lineup, because it is certainly not a Heidelberg thing. And this isn’t even a particularly good example of kölsch. The middle one you can’t read is called Altenmünster Brauer Bier, which is also very good and has one of those cool traditional ceramic stoppers. One I’ve left out (sorry Bolte) is called Jever and it is very good as well. And, it’s possible to get it in San Francisco. Soon, I’ll have to start liking it best.

But until that time, my first choice is Rothaus. It’s right up there with maultaschen. And it’s not just because it has a cool label. Which it does. But somehow, it has helped define the whole Heidelberg experience for me. In a way. This beer is what gets handed to me at my favorite bar, without even having to ask. It’s what seemingly everyone in town drinks. It’s owned by the state of Baden-Würrtemberg. It is the beer of choice at all the best cafes and bars in town. And it is, of course, totally delicious. If you’re fond of pilsner, you should give it a try. But, unfortunately you’ll have to visit Germany, since it’s not available in the US. Such a shame, too. But I suppose that’s part of what makes it so special.