Now, while I am not an avid fan of football I was interested to hear that with Poland hosting the Euro 2012 football championship next summer the country is likely to gain 1,000 new bars in time for the tournament. According to the Warsaw Business Journal, dozens of new restaurants will open too. There is currently approximately 10,000 pubs in Poland but the traditional pub culture is quite different to that of the UK. In fact, most Polish people tend to prefer to drink at home. However, that is all expected to change with the arrival of the Euro 2012 championship.
In the late 1880s Friederich Dieninghoff decided to open his own brewery and just a few years later he succeeded with the launch of Germania beer. However, in 1980 the company had to close down the brewery due to a lack of demand. In 2008, architect Andreas Deilmann renovated the factory and gave the place a new purpose with the creation of the Factory Hotel. The main structure remains the same with many details from the original building. For instance the brewing tank serves as a dancing space in the evening, the changing rooms of the workers is now the lobby; and the restaurant, La Tapia, is located where the brew kettle once stood.
For a truly unique hotel stay visit www.designhotels.com/factory_hotel
Love Oktoberfest or always wanted to visit but never had the opportunity? Well the biggest beer festival in the world may soon be happening in a city near you! Bavarian Beerhouse, the UK’s number one Oktoberfest specialist, is expanding and offering franchise opportunities for this unique concept in the UK and Ireland. Bavarian Beerhouse Franchise Ltd is planning to roll out 15 new venues over the next five years.
Oktoberfest is well known all over the world, but so far there has been no Oktoberfest restaurant chain, never mind an ‘Oktoberfest’ franchise. That is about to change, as the Bavarian Beerhouse is offering its unique Oktoberfest concept to enterprising franchisees. Potential locations are Birmingham, Brighton, Dublin, Leeds, Glasgow, Sheffield, Bradford, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol, Wakefield, Cardiff, Coventry, Nottingham and Leicester.
Following the foundation of Bavarian Beerhouse Ltd in 2004 by husband-and-wife team Rene and Sabine von Reth, the first year of operation saw this authentic Bavarian pub and restaurant quadruple the revenues seen by the previous tenant, a well-known wine bar. Since then revenues and profits have risen continuously, and in 2009 the couple established Bavarian Beerhouse Franchise Ltd to start the rollout of its successful concept across the United Kingdom and Ireland.
On Tuesday, 2nd November 2010, Bavarian Beerhouse Ltd will hold an information day for pre-qualified franchise prospects, enabling potential franchisees to view the premises and get an idea of what it’s like to run a Bavarian Beerhouse. Attendance is by invitation only. Interested franchisees should contact firstname.lastname@example.org
On the 27th and 28th of August the Pilsner Fest will take place in the premises of the Pilsner Urquell brewery in the Czech Republic. The festival promises to be a feast of beers, gastronomy and music.
Music lovers have been promised an incredible two-days featuring 25 bands offering the widest variety of musical genres and performing on two stages directly on the grounds of the Pilsner brewery including: J.A.R., Support Lesbiens, Mig 21 and Tři sestry (Three Sisters). The latter has even prepared an entirely new song for Pilsner Fest and will play it live for the very first time in Pilsen. A unique sort of musical carousel has also been prepared to introduce each band. As the band on stage winds down its performance, it will play something from the repertoire of the band following them up. Visitors will therefore be treated to an incredibly diverse combination of musical styles: Tři sestry playing something famous from Xindl X, Visací Zámek (Padlock) trying a bit of hip-hop ala Kapitán Láska (The Captain of Love), or Jirka Macháček gritting his teeth and launching into a song by Sunshine.
There will be plenty of unique beer specials to keep your tastebuds alert, while traditional snacks will be available to soak up any excess alcohol! The best bit? Entry to the festival is FREE of charge.
To find out more visit www.pilsnerfest.cz
From the 24th of September to the 10th of October, Stuttgart will attract millions of enthusiastic visitors to the 165th Cannstatt Beer Festival where candy floss, grilled sausages, chicken and most of all, beer will be enjoyed by all. Originally founded in the year 1818 as a celebration of thanksgiving, the festival is now firmly established as one of the biggest and best of its kind in the world.
Following the official opening ceremony with the traditional tapping of the first barrel of beer by the Mayor of Stuttgart, Dr. Wolfgang Schuster, the action starts on the Wasen fairground; the fairground rides begin to move and the beer tents open for business. The big wheel, the roller coaster, the chairoplanes, the “Wild Mouse” switchback. With more than 300 providers and new attractions each year plenty of variety is guaranteed. In the beer tents, which hold up to 5000 guests, you can be sure of a fabulous atmosphere where celebrations continue late into the night. The beer flows more or less non-stop, and Swabian specialities such as Kässpätzle (cheesy noodles), Maultaschen (stuffed pasta), Rostbraten (roast) or Schupfnudeln (potato noodles) with sauerkraut make sure no-one need go hungry. The thought of all that food and beer is making me salivate as we speak. I think this is my must-take trip of the year!
For more information about Stuttgart visit www.stuttgart-tourist.de.
This year Berlin will celebrate its 14th annual Beer Festival between the 6th and 8th of August. The event will be held on the Berlin ‘Beer Mile’ (which at 2.2 km is the longest ‘beer garden’ in the world). Around 260 breweries from 86 countries will offer 1800 beer specialities. At the 2009 festival special focus was given to Belgian beers. This year’s festival includes live music across an impressive 18 stages. If you find yourself in town, make sure you visit the festival, with prices at rock bottom prices it should prove to be a fantastic event!
For more information visit www.bierfestival-berlin.de
It’s always nice to come across a specialist store doing well, particularly one that specialises in Eastern Europe. The Dobry Smak store in Aldershot stocks a wide range of Polish goodies, all types of food, drink and even media.
Here’s a quick look at what you can pick up
Dobry Smak, Station Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, UK
Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners near Vauxhall in South London is the first German gastro pub in the city. Here one can enjoy traditional and hearty German fare (schnitzel, sausages, sauerkraut) while sipping on a delicate German wine or glugging a generous German beer.
The pub has maintained its rather British character, the decor is a mixture of black and dark red, giving the ambience a particularly gothic feel. However, the pub also boasts a small, intimate patio area (not particularly chic but definitely an added bonus for spring and summer days).
As expected football is a big deal here and this is the destination for local Germans to congregate to watch the Bundesliga, as well as the imminent World Cup matches.
The staff are particularly good natured, friendly and incredibly laid-back, which can prove a tad irritating at times! Nevertheless, what the pub lacks in speed is by far made up with the food and drinks on offer. There are no less than nine types of schnitzel on the menu (this is at first perhaps a little misleading as the majority are a basic schnitzel simply with a different sauce). The pieces may not be particularly large but the meat is tender, tasty and the mushroom sauce is not to be missed! As anticipated sausages are also a big feature on the menu with an incredible 8 different sausage dishes on offer. In addition, there are several other German classics such as meatloaf, roast pork, käsespätzle (German noodles with cheese and onions), a variety of soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches.
Although bottled beers are available, the draught options are the best with the menu boasting: Rothaus Tannenzapfle, Veltins, Bitburger, Krombacher Pils, Warsteiner, Flensburger Lager, Gaffel Kölsch, DAB, Köstritzer Schwarzbier, Das Schwarze, Meister Pils, Sanwald Weizen, Paulaner Lager, Paulaner Hefe, Weihenstephan Hell and Weihenstephan Dunkel. (Price for a pint £3.95.) I was also impressed to find the bar offers not only one or two German wines but in fact excludes wine from any other nation, most unusual even in traditional German establishments.
It’s offers ahoy at Zeitgeist at the moment with deals for lunch, happy hours and World Cup lunch specials so check out the website for any upcoming events and plan a trip to this charming gastropub now!
Zeitgeist at the Jolly Gardeners, 49-51 Black Prince Road, London SE11 6AB
One lucky winner and a friend could be watching the start of the World Cup from BeerFest Slovenia courtesy of the Slovenian Tourist Board. BeerFest Slovenia is the largest beer festival in central Europe and will be showcasing 30 different beers, numerous of bands from Slovenia and neighbouring countries and the World Cup football on big screens in the centre of the capital, Ljubljana.
Visitors to BeerFest can cheer on the Slovenian team during their first World Cup match is against the USA, which takes place on June 18th 2010. The prize consists of two return flights to Ljubljana and two nights accommodation in Hotel Antiq, to be taken between June 16th – 20th 2010.
To enter visit www.slovenia.info/worldcup
For more information about BeerFest visit www.beerfestslovenia.si
This year Munich will celebrate its 200th Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival in the world. With Dertour, beer enthusiasts can head to Munich to take part in the events for just £419 per person.
The festival first took place in 1810 on the occasion of the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. And the next year, the royal court decided to repeat the festival to the great delight of Munich’s residents, and every year since it has grown to become the event that it is today.
This year, Oktoberfest runs from 18 September – 3 October, and specialist tour operator, Dertour, has a number of great value flight and accommodation packages to the event. Packages includes two nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the three star hotel Amba and return flights from Heathrow, plus access to English speaking Dertour representative based in Munich. The hotel is family-run and located in the centre of the city and within walking distance of its main sights. The price is based on two adults sharing.
Dertour is also able to pre-book seats in the beer tents for groups of ten people or more. For £40, you get two ‘steins’ of beer and a voucher for a Bavarian meal as well as guaranteed entry into the tent.
For bookings call Dertour on 0207 290 1111 or visit www.dertour.co.uk for further information.