My Experience: 12 Beers of Christmas at Der Braumeister
Last week, I had the honor of being invited to preview the Annual 12 Beers of Christmas Tapping and holiday celebration at Der Braumeister, a family-owned German restaurant and bar in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.
When you first step inside the restaurant, you are immediately whisked away into the rustic, European ambiance: the delightful smell of traditional German cuisine warmly welcomes you as the dimly lit lights pave the way to original wood lined walls hosting authentic German décor. I was immediately blown away by the atmosphere and excited to experience the unveiling of the hard-to-find seasonal beers that the event had to offer.
For over 10 years, Der Braumeister has been hosting this celebratory experience to kick off the holiday season. The 12 unique holiday beers featured at this event are specially curated each year by third-generation owner and beer whisperer, Jenn Wirtz, and includes ales, bocks, and lagers from around the world.
With the traditional pairing of delectable buttered bread with salted radishes, I made my way through the exclusive beer tastings. This year, Jenn’s well thought out tasting list includes the Hofbrƒäu Delicator, a German winter doppelbock, which is exclusive to Ohio and only available at Der Braumeister. My personal favorite, however, was the Samichlaus Classic Bier, which is only brewed once a year and so rare that Jenn had to travel 2.5 hours to retrieve and bring back to Cleveland. At 14% ABV, this sweet, brown sugar malt, was once the strongest beer in the world.
Jenn’s passion for this event and her restaurant was incredibly evident throughout the evening. She was delightful to speak with and excited to share the history embedded in her mind. At the end of the evening, my taste buds were floored, my stomach was full, and my heart was happy. I stepped out of Der Braumeister, back into the cold, snowy Cleveland air full of Christmas cheer and holiday spirit—the exact reaction Jenn hopes for after her guests experience this festive celebration.
If this sounds like the evening of your dreams, which it should, you won’t want to miss the return of the 12 Beers of Christmasthis Wednesday, November 21, 2018. The event runs from 5:30pm-Midnight with two exclusive seatings at 6pm and 8pm. Reservations are required as this event will sell out.
Call 216-671-6200 to reserve your spot and receive an early Christmas gift from Der Braumeister.
* Disclosure: I was invited to the exclusive preview of the 12 Beers of Christmas event. All opinions are my own.