A beverage paradise

When you spend four years of your life in Franconia, it’s safe to say that you’ll become a lot more picky about beer. Though I think the same is true for most people that live in Germany for any length of time. Not that the beer in Baden-Württemberg or anywhere else in Germany is bad, just different and sometimes you need a taste of ‘home’. The premise of this shop (warehouse) is that it’s a place where you can find a beer that you enjoyed once on holiday. Whilst our cravings were strong, we didn’t have enough time for the 3-4 hour round trip, so after a little investigation MrC discovered the holy grail for beverages Heinrichs Super Getränke-Markt 3000.

The Franconian beer was right by the door as we walked in, which was useful because this place is massive. Most of the bigger breweries were there including the infamous Schlenkerla Rauchbier (smoked beer) that smells like bacon and tastes like….well MrC likes it. I personally prefer the Rauchweizen (smoked wheat beer), it is a little gentler on the palate. Seasonal specialities were also in stock so you won’t miss out on Bock, Fest or Weihnachtsbier.

From the outside you can’t tell how big this place is going to be. Yes, the building is big but I was sceptical as to how many actual beverages we would find inside. As you can see Wasserstrasse and Limostrasse, most of the non alcoholic drinks (that aren’t non alcoholic beer) are located at the back of the store. Beers are separated into types, all the  Weizen will be in the same aisle, same for non alcoholic, fruit beers etc etc And those flat bed trolleys are a life saver when you’re stocking up for a party or just an average Thursday night 😉

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A shout out to the staff who are incredibly helpful and know where everything is, if you want to get in and out quickly accept their help. As you can see it is easy to get lost in here, particularly if you happen to be short like me. MrC and I had to call each other a few times (phone signal is good here thankfully)  because hauling beer all over the shop looking for each other was a pain.

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There is of course a wine section too and it has a really good selection of local and not so local wines. You will find the whole range of cheap Rieslings to finer wines, all handily located on Weinstrasse! Walk through the beer section to the left hand side of the shop to find the wines.

Craft beer made in Germany is a fast growing market and all Heinrichs stocks all the ‘big boys’ along with some smaller producers. The prices might make your eyes water when compared to the ‘regular’ German beer but it can definitely be worth it. International ales, beers, ciders and soft drinks (yes I mean Irn Bru and Snapple) are located near the end of the shop. If you need a taste of home, this is the place to go.

Oh and if you are looking for a particular beer glass (hello Christmas presents for all the relatives, souvenirs of time spent in Germany) you can find a large selection for sale here.

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The Details
– Heinrichs Super Getränke-Mart 3000 works in the same way as any other Getränke-Markt
– No membership required
– Bottles with Pfand (deposit) can be returned for cash
– International bottles do not usually have a Pfand

Location
Solitudeallee 127
D-70806 Kornwestheim

Opening hours
Mo-Sa: 8:00 – 20:00  (Closed on public holidays)

This post was not sponsored (but hey if Heinrich is interested in sending some free beer my way, I won’t say no). I just wanted to pass on some info about a place that has helped make my stay here a little easier and made a new home seem less daunting. Tastes of home are important. Happy drinking people!

Twenty Seventeen

Welcome to 2017, or rather welcome to my blog in 2017, I haven’t been named official ambassador for the year or anything. 

After a beautifully peaceful and food filled festive season in Germany I’m actually looking forward to the year ahead. It’s true that you can start your ‘year’ at any time. Make a fresh start whenever you want or need it (last year mine were around April and again in September) but this year, as the temperature outside took a nosedive and fireworks boomed outside the windows, I wiped my metaphorical slate clean.

And set myself a To Do list for the coming year.

Read 50 books. I read barely 25 books last year, for me that’s not many at all and I really want to get back into reading regularly.

Be sociable. My friend circle is disappearing, again, damn you expat cycle, so I’m on the lookout for a new tribe, volunteers apply below.

Connect with old friends. Christmas cards once a year are all well and good but the years are slipping away and my friends are the greatest, I need to tell them this more often.

Join a Verein. I’ve been a pseudo-member for years but this year I’ll sign up for myself and pay my dues like the rest.

Make clothes and wear them. So far I’ve got pretty good at pyjamas and jersey skirts, but my wardrobe needs more, and since Father Christmas bought patterns it would be rude not to use them.

Blog more. The drafts are piling up and I’m too indecisive to hit publish, no more will that be my way of blogging.

Master the Uke. MrC and I are already signed up for an intermediate course which starts in February. I’m quite over excited about this, but we have been waiting almost a year for it to go ahead, it was cancelled last time due to a chronic lack of hipsters 😉

Join a dog school. KP is not a bad dog, he’s an utterly adorable and good dog…most of the time. We all need to put in some work and give him a chance to run around with other furry friends occasionally too.

Get a library card. And by extension use the local library more, even though it’s open for about 6 hours a week I really should use it more.

Explore Germany. I confess that whenever I’ve looked at holiday destinations Germany is not first on the list, but after a staycation in Baden-Württemberg last November and a KP to consider I’ve definitely come round to the idea of a country where dogs are welcome and I already speak the language.

Speaking of language, yes I will be striving to continue improving my German. I’ve been so lazy on this front, I feel like I’m going backwards. Time to refocus.

I also picked a word for the year. One which I want to live by and I think will help me be the person I want to this year. It is a word interconnected with some of my to dos. I’m a naturally shy, cautious and introspective person, none of which I think are ‘bad’ traits by any means but I want to (oh lordy this sounds so awfully navel gazingly twee) challenge myself to wander outside my comfort zone and approach life with a more positive mind. 

My word is brave.

Any help, support or recommendations for any of the above, please let me know, have you got a To Do list for this year?

Schiller Week 2016

I’m guessing that most people have heard of  of Friedrich Schiller. One of Germany’s favourite literary sons, friend of Goethe, was born right here in Württemberg (before it got joined to Baden) on this day in 1758 in the pretty town of Marbach am Neckar.In celebration of his life a few events are happening this week, and on Sunday the shops will be open! (there aren’t a huge amount of shops but who cares when it looks like this)

Schillerwoche 2016 As you can see there is plenty of chocolate box fachwerk to wander amongst, the city wall and tower are also open at the weekends. Schillers’ birth house, is now a museum and the town also houses the German Literature Archive where you can find the Museum of Modern Literature and the Schiller National Museum.

This afternoon the town children took flowers up to the Schiller memorial and… well you can see what happened there…

Tonight is Martinstag so I’m expecting St Martin and his horse followed by the towns smaller children carrying lanterns to pass by the house any minute, I really hope the weather isn’t too bad for them.

I’ve been reading a lot about Schiller the man lately, hey it’s Schiller week it would be rude not to, and though some lose something in translation, these are a couple of my favourite Schiller quotes.

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Happy Schiller week to Marbach am Neckar!