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.
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The dirndls are gone. Here’s what the staff at Brauhaus Schmitz is wearing now.
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 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]
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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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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Peter Woolsey is a busy and popular man, and I’ll tell you why.
Today and tomorrow at Bistrot La Minette, chef Woolsey and Jeremy Nolen from Brauhaus Schmitz have teamed up to create a four-course Alsace dinner for $35 ($55 with wine pairings). If you’re unsure of what Alsatian food is, just know that Alsace is one of the smallest regions in France and shares a border with Germany–so what you’re assuming is probably right: A master of French cuisine teaming up with a master of modern German cuisine to make some kind of weird, Franco-German culinary Voltron. It sounds near perfect.
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On Thursday, February 7th Brauhaus Schmitz will be celebrating Karneval. So put on your craziest costume and come join Brauhaus for a fun time. For every Kölsch guests drink they’ll be entered in a raffle to win a Früh kegerator with a Kölsch Kranz, glassware, and tap handle (pictured above).
The whole Brauhaus Schmitz staff will be in costume and Karneval music will be playing all night. And any guests who show up in costume will get a complimentary Kölsch.
If you have no idea what this Karneval stuff is, rest assured, it will be a good time.
Brauhaus Schmitz [Official Site]
Jeremy Nolen and his crew from Brauhaus Schmitz brought their modern German cuisine to the James Beard House on Saturday for a 6 course Teutonic extravaganza that had the well-heeled Manhattan crowds snuffling up everything from blood sausage and parsnips to cherry strudel and ice wine sabayon. From what we understand, the event itself was amazing, and lucky for us COOK photographer and Friend of Foobooz, Yoni Nimrod, was there to document it all.
Check out some of his snaps after the jump. And if they happen to pique your appetite, don’t forget that Herr Nolen will be hosting a class on modern German cuisine at COOK on Monday, February 18, and tickets are still available.
Show us your Haselnusssuppe!