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Max Raabe, Pittburgh’s Hofbräuhaus, Lake Constance, Declining beer sales in the fatherland, and the sinking Euro… What do all these things have in common?

Max Raabe, Pittburgh’s Hofbräuhaus, Lake Constance, Declining beer sales in the fatherland, and the sinking Euro… What do all these things have in common? They are all feature articles in this month’s Atlantic Times Newspaper. The Atlantic Times is a monthly publication out of Berlin and the best part of it: It’s FREE!

I excitedly flipped to the story about the new Hofbräuhaus in Pittsburgh. The last time I was in the Newport, Kentucky outlet, I heard this place would be opening and that they also would be brewing their beer locally. According to the article, you can’t taste the difference unless you can differentiate the brewing water in the USA versus Munich. In Kentucky, I did feel that the beer was definitely good, but it wasn’t so similar to the brew in Munich. Anyways, getting to the Pittsburgh branch is on my to-do list… (Did you realize that JFK got caught trying to steal a Masskrug in Munich?)

Directly under this article is another about the decline beer sales in Germany. Sales in the country were down another 3% and Dutch-mega-brewer Heineken said that 2009 was “one of the most difficult in history.” Certainly the dreaded “Alcopops” and other beverages are grabbing some of the market share and and changing and aging population isn’t helping matters. Help’s on the way, guys, I’m on my way…

There was also a long article about the many advantages of Lake Constance. Since this is an area that will be visited during BayernTrips’ 2010 Connoisseur’s tour, this was of particular interest to me.

Lastly another blurb on one of my favorite German musicians, Max Raabe. Have a listen to his music from Amazon:

Heute Nacht Oder Nie: Live in New York

Raabe and the Palast Orchestra are recreating the songs of the 20?s and 30?s. The lyrics are witty and the music is fun an uplifting. It reminds me of the big band sound I heard every night as I worked the night desk at Grand Hotel on Mackinac. Listening to Max Raabe gives me the sensation of Mackinac Evening set to a German song. He has performed throughout the world including a recent US tour that included Carnegie Hall.

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