Free VIP Tickets To Brauhaus Schmitz Octoberfest For the Very (VERY) Clever


We have done this kind of thing before–given out free tickets to things for those who prove their smartness. But never before have the stakes been so high.

See, first off, this is Octoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz–a thing that they do better than just about anyone. Second, what we’re offering are a pair of VIP tickets, which will get you…

-VIP Pass in and Out of the VIP Brauer Bund (PRICELESS!)
-Full wait staff and bar staff, with 5 PRIVATE bathrooms
-Complimentary Appetizers Courtesy of Chef Jeremy Nolen
-6 Tickets Good for Beer from our VIP list or Food Stands
-Commemorative Beer Stein, T-Shirt, and other Brauhaus Swag

And third, if you don’t already have VIP tickets to the Brauhaus Octoberfest festivities, this is your ONLY CHANCE to get them. Because those tickets are sold out. These two tickets are the last ones there are, which makes them, essentially, priceless.

So we’re not going to mess with you here. We’re not going to make you jump through hoops. All we’re asking is that you write us a sonnet14 lines, end-rhymed in the Shakespearean style, bonus points for iambic pentameter, but that’s not absolutely required. Make it about Octoberfest, about food, about drinking, about dirndls–something in that realm. And make it good because there’s only one pair of tickets available, and they’re going to the winner–who will be picked by us on Thursday afternoon.

The contest begins now. It ends at 2pm on Thursday the 19th. And the party is on Saturday, September 21st.

So what are you waiting for? Get sonneting, people.

Brauhaus Schmitz [Official]

Win Two Free Tickets To Hang With the Brauhaus Schmitz Crew At Cannstadter


Hey, speaking of Brauhaus Schmitz

The 141st annual Cannstadter Volksfest Labor Day Germano-palooza is this weekend and as is their custom, the crews from both Brauhaus Schmitz and Wursthaus Schmitz are shutting down operations for a day and all rolling up there in two big buses to hang out, relax and drink a whole lot of beer.

The bad news? That means both places are going to be closed on Sunday.

The good news? You can go with them to Cannstadter if you come up with the best caption for the above photo.

Here are the event details, straight from owner Doug Hager:

  • Bus leaves Brauhaus this Sunday at 2PM sharp
  • Bus leaves Cannstadter at 9PM
  • Free beer all day
  • Bring a little cash for food, games, rides etc.
  • Lederhosen & Dirndl strongly encouraged!

So who’s up for it? Captions go in the comments. Best one wins the free pair of seats on the bus.

Cannstadter Volksfest Labor Day Party [Official]

Andechser Doppelbock: Germany’s Most Perfect Beer, Available in Philly For The First Time Ever At Brauhaus Schmitz


When a bar as highly respected as Brauhaus Schmitz emails an announcement prefaced with, “This is a pretty huge release for us,” even we jaded food journos tend to stop midway to our delete buttons to take a closer look.

In this case, the press release – which elicited, from me at least, a cry of, “Holy fuck!” — was more than worth the read. That’s because for the next year, Brauhaus will be the only Philadelphia location to carry on draft what some consider to be Germany’s most perfect and sought-after doppelbock.

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Brauhaus Schmitz Announces 2013 Oktoberfest Plans


Now in its fifth year, Brauhaus Schmitz’s Oktoberfest has gotten bigger every year. This year is no exception as the festival will kick off on Monday, September 16th and events will continue through Thursday, September 26th. The big event will be the street festival on Saturday, September 21st. The street party will block off all of the 700 block of South Street from noon to 8 p.m. for oompah music, German food and of course great German beer.

Other highlights inlude:

  • Nightly Liter Lift Competitions
  • Big in Munich, the chef-based band featuring Brauhaus chef Jeremy Nolen will be back for an industry night in Brauhaus Schmitz’s Brauer Bund.
  • Brauhaus Schmitz’ Reading Terminal stand, Wursthaus Schmitz will participate in the Terminal’s new Oktoberfest festival.
  • German Quizzo night with Brauhaus Schmitz owner Doug Hager and Jose Pistola’s Joe Gunn.


The Full Calendar of Events for Oktoberfest 2013 »

Brauhaus Celebrates Four Years!


There’s a whole lot of brouhaha planned at Brauhaus Schmitz as they celebrate their four-year anniversary on Wednesday, June 26th. In honor of the special event they’re offering complimentary appetizers courtesy of chef Jeremy Nolen and featuring $4 drafts starting at 5 p.m.

It’s been four years of awesome German bier at Doug Hager’s German bar and restaurant. So raise a glass and yell “prost.”

Brauhaus Schmitz turns four! Lets have a party [Facebook]

South Street Spring Festival Will Rock from 2nd to 8th Street


South Street will be closed between 2nd and 8th Street tomorrow, May 4th from noon to 8 p.m. More than thirty restaurants and bars will be serving up food and drink from around the world. The event will also feature Brauhaus Schmitz’s German Maifest, the debut of Hot Diggity’s hot dog cart as well as Lorenzo’s grand re-opening.

Live music will perform all day on the Festival Stage at 5th and South. Five satellite stages will also feature performers throughout the day.

South Street Spring Festival [South Street Headhouse District]

We Have A Winner: VIP Tickets To Maifest


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the haikus have been written, the judges have convened and a winner has been chosen for the pair of free VIP tickets to Brauhaus Schmitz’s first annual Maifest.

Because we had so many entries this time (70 haiku, by something like 60 different people), we actually called in some reinforcements in the form of our official grammar ninja and part-time haiku expert, Nora Kelly. She made the final call on the top two poems this time, and her reasoning was impeccable.

Jay: He makes references to food, which I wasn’t hot about (too easy), but points for use of German, funny/surprise factor and realism on the relationship front (I love my girlfriend, but not more than I love pretzels and beer). Also, he didn’t only list brand names, but instead incorporated food references in a breezy way. Brauhaus and its offerings got a shout-out without the poem resembling an ad. He created something that was more poetic than your average non-sequitor-y haiku.
Luke B: Points for leaving out easy references to beer and food names, dual use of “wasted” (cleverness/double entendres make for solid haikus, since they’re such short poems), and general tone. Luke seems like a happy dude with a lot of self-confidence–or at least enough to wear lederhosen. Points deducted for implying he’ll be wasted for all of May.

 But when it came right down to it, I chose the winner. And while it was difficult to choose on the grounds of content (Luke, I have no problem with you spending the entire month of May drunk), there was a technical concern which made the choice a simple one. So the winner is…

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Free Stuff Alert! VIP Tickets To Brauhaus Schmitz’s Maifest


Yes, ladies and gentlemen, spring is in the air. The sun is shining, birds are tweeting and Jeremy Nolen and Brauhaus Schmitz are making plans to shut down an entire section of South Street for their first annual Maifest Spring Festival and drinkapalooza.

Maifest (which, in case you need a culturally apt reason to attend, is a TOTALLY authentic German spring festival which is celebrated by drinking beer and jamming sausages in your face–yeah, you heard me) will take place on Saturday, May 4th, from noon to 8pm. There will be beers. There will be food. There will be oompa bands and girls in dirndls and lots of roast pork. But do you know what could make it even better? A pair of free VIP tickets to the whole shebang.

Luckily, that’s what we’re giving away today.

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