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Green Beer - Grundstoff mit Waldmeister geschmack

Krys | Mar 12, 200501:43 AM


Who knew this stuff existed or that you could get it in tbe chain wonderland of El Cerrito Plaza.

WIth St. Patrick's Day around the corner, I thought this would be a nice option instead of the usual swill with green dye. And the shop has a freezer case full of Irish sausages and products ... not to mention biscuits and groceries.

So I'm hanging out at The Junket again and trying one of their other draft German beers. There's this large group of people speaking German at another table. A couple have goblets of green beer. I ask the beer guy what the heck that is.

So he says it is a herb syrup. They serve two of these flavored Weisse beers - one with a shot (mit shuss) of raspberry syrup and the other green woodruff.

Both are lovely and as the link below says, the syrup removes any beer taste.

Both have their charms. The raspberry has a pretty pink foam and raspberry colored liquid with a taste true to the fruit. The link below calls it "alcopop".

The green beer is not sweet. It is really pleasant but I can't really describe the taste. It has a pretty green foam. It would be excellent with The Junket Salad ... tiny diced chicken, celery, apples mixed with dill on a bed of butter lettuce and a piece of Acme baguette. Salad has excellent taste and crunch from celery.

Both are lovely drinks for a warm summer day. The link says German's drink this stuff with a straw.

The pictures below are EXACTLY how it is served with that EXACT goblet with the name Berliner Weisse in blue and gold letters.

It could be dangerous though since it doesn’t taste alcoholic. I wonder why the Arbor Mist or Wild Vines people never thought of this.

The wooddruf syrup is really expensive - about half the size of a Torinini bottle it is about $15. The beer with the shot is only $3.50.

Will post more about The Junket which really is a great little place. However, I plan to try all of the beers in all the different glasses before posting. That could take a few weeks. I only get down that way once a week.

With St Patricks day coming up ... well a tasty way to celebrate the holiday.

My understanding

Grundstoff (comapny name like Torini)
mit (with)
Waldmeister (woodruf)
geschmack (syrup)

All you have to do is tell them you want the beer with the raspberry or green syrup. You don't need the German words.

This whole thing just personally knocks my socks off. Really, who knew?


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