Brauhaus Schmitz’s Massive Oktoberfest Is This Weekend


The liter lift at Brauhaus Schmitz

On Saturday, September 19 from 12 noon until 8 p.m., Brauhaus Schmitz, will host its 7th annual Oktoberfest Block Party, shutting down the 700 block of South Street, and 8th Street between Kater and Rodman, for a raucous good time.

Admission is free and all food and drink is pay as you go. You can expect ten German beers to be pouring throughout the event, including the signature Brauhaus Oktoberfest from Traunstein Hofbrauhaus. The block party will also include live Oompah music, face painting, and the finals to the now famous Liter Lift Competition (winner earns free beer for a year), German dancers, Schnapski, and more.

If you can’t wait to get the party started, head to Brauhaus Schmitz tonight for that last chance to qualify for the Liter Lift finals (pre-register here) and there’s also The Race to Kick the Keg. If you order the beer that kicks the keg, you win a prize pack.

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Your First Beer Is Free at Brauhaus Schmitz


Your first glass of Frankenheim Alt is free. The growler fill, you have to pay for.

If you want to try a new drink, now’s the time. Your first beer is free if you’re one of the first 100 guests at Brauhaus Schmitz, or at least while supplies last today, Wednesday, August 5th. Moral: Wednesday is not the day for fashionable lateness.

At 5 p.m., Brauhaus Schmitz will be the only bar in the United States to tap Frankenheim Alt. The beer is a German top-fermented lager that fine folk at Brauhaus describe as “copper in color, malty and sweet with subtle fruit notes.” The Dusseldorf brew hasn’t been available in Philadelphia since 2002. Brauhaus owner Doug Hager has been working for over two years to bring the rare beer back to Philadelphia.

Going forward, Frankenheim Alt will be available in 14-oz mugs for $5.50, and in growlers if you want to take it home.

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TONIGHT: Karneval Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

fruh kegeratorTonight, Brauhaus Schmitz is hosting its annual Karneval party. The German version of Mardi Gras kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. Brauhaus Schmitz will be offering half-priced Kölsch for the women and raffling off a kegerator at 10 p.m. Each Kölsch gets you a ticket in the raffle and an order of a Kölsch Kranz gets you five tickets.

A costume contest will also be held with the winner walking away with a $50 Brauhaus gift card.
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Brauhaus Schmitz Chef Releases Cookbook

NewGermanCookingBrauhaus Schmitz executive chef, Jeremy Nolen, and pastry chef, Jessica Nolen, release their first cookbook this Tuesday, January 27. But if you’re eager to get your hands on a copy, head over to Brauhaus Schmitz.

New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited is a contemporary, ingredient-driven revival of traditional German dishes. The Nolens hope to make classic German recipes more approachable by bringing them to the modern table.

“At Brauhaus Schmitz, and with our new cookbook, we’ve tasked ourselves with bringing this overlooked culinary style the recognition it deserves,” Nolen said.

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Celebrate an Early Christmas Dinner German-Style At Brauhaus Schmitz


Starting on Tuesday, November 11th, St. Martin’s Day, and ending on December 21st, Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen will be preparing traditional a German Christmas Dinner for parties of eight or more. The dinner will feature a 10-pound whole roasted goose, served family-style, stuffed to the brim with house-made pretzel, apple and sage stuffing.

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German, Russian, and Eastern European Restaurants and Food in Philadelphia

Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos

Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos

Italian, British, French? Cinch. Even Dutch, Spanish and Belgian food is pretty easy to find close to the heart of Philly’s most tony neighborhoods. But for a long time, this city has also been home to a thriving community that brought all its borscht and sausages along from the Old Countries. So if you’re looking for a hit of post-Glasnost melting-pot Euro cuisine ignored by the likes of Vetri, Garces and Starr, here are some good places to start.
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Food Truck Update for August


We’ve got the August schedule for food trucks at the Porch at 30th Street Station.

We’ve got a number of food truck updates that we’re packing into this one post.

Food Junkets has the details on Casa Brazil, a new Brazilian barbecue truck that should be hitting the streets this week. Owner Ricardo Berbosa has worked at Fogo de Chao in Baltimore as well as Chima in Philadelphia and Na’Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse in Horsham. The Brazilian native plans on making showing up at 33rd and Arch and other spots around West Philadelphia. Stay tuned for his first day out. 

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Spring Festival Returns to South Street


On Saturday,May 3rd the South Street Headhouse District is throwing its Spring Festival. South Street will be shut down from 8th to front and Second Street will be blocked off from Lombard to South. 30 restaurants and bars will be serving up dishes outdoors. There will also be live music on three stages and eight other performance areas and a kid zone.

Anchoring the west end of the block party will be Brauhaus Schmitz’s Maifest. There will be German beers, dancers, music, food and a May pole.

All about Maifest » 

Brauhaus Schmitz Celebrating Karneval: Giving Away a Trip to Oktoberfest

Big in Munich at Philly Cooks | Featuring Jeremy Nolen and Ben Puchawitz

Big in Munich at Philly Cooks | Featuring Jeremy Nolen and Ben Puchawitz

Brauhaus Schmitz is celebrating Karneval over the next week. The festivities run from tomorrow, February 27th through Tuesday, March 4th.

Each night Brauhaus will pick three semifinalists to qualify for a trip to Oktoberfest 2014 in Munich, Germany. The final drawing will be on Tuesday, March 4th at 10 p.m.

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