Germany has given much to the world's dinner table: sauerkraut, bratwurst, and pretzels all have their origins in Deutschland. But the Germans' most lauded culinary concoction by far is their exceptional brewskies. Germany has more breweries than any other country in the world save for the U.S., and the German people weigh in at number three (behind the Czechs and the Guinness-gulping Irish) for amount of beer consumed per capita. The Germanic-American Institute's beer tasting will be something of an homage to the nation's sudsy history. And who better than Ted Marti, the owner of Schell Brewery in New Ulm, to discuss the history and nuances of German beer? Marti, the fifth-generation family owner of Schell, was practically raised by the beer industry and studied brewing extensively, including stints at German breweries. Schell beer, although a Minnesota company, has its roots in Germany's Schwarzwald region. August Schell left the Black Forest in order to find success in 19th-century America, and almost 150 years later, the brewery he founded in a German-American settlement in the Middle-of-Nowhere, Minnesota, is still producing keg after keg of fine beer, with his family remaining at the helm. In addition to Marti serving up beer and stories, schlachteplatte (German meats and cold cuts) will be dished out. Seating for the tasting is limited to 100 guests, so reservations are a good idea. Call 651.222.6285 to reserve a spot.
Sat., Nov. 8, 6:30 p.m., 2008