Cheers – ‘Es ist nie zu frueh’, is the slogan of the Frueh Brewery in Cologne
Our family holidays in Germany are what a Thai colleague of mine called “edu-tainment”, we combine fun with some educative elements.
Since my twin daughters are very interested in history and culture, it was inevitable that we should end up visiting Koeln/Cologne just about 200 km north of my home town Trier.
After our walk through the historic city centre, we needed nurishment. A good place to experience the local food and the local culture is the outlet of the Frueh Brewery right in the centre of town.
‘It’s never to early’ for a beer by Frueh
‘Koelsch’, as the beer is called, is a speciality of Cologne. There is even a ‘Koelsch Convention’ specifying how this beer has to be brewed and what quality criteria it must fulfill.
So what is ‘Koelsch’ you might ask?
‘Koelsch’ is a pale and hoppy top-fermenting beer. The beer is warm-fermented and cold-conditioned. It is rather light, less bitter than most other German beers and therefore very refreshing ; in summer as well as in winter, I might point out. During my university time in the neighbouring city of Bonn, I had ample time to sample various brands of ‘Koelsch’.
The beer is served by a so called ‘Koebes’, the local name for an excusively male waiter. They are easily recognized by their dark blue aprons. Be prepared for a culture-clash of some sort. But do not worry, in the end they are very friendly and very proud of their heritage.
Herring with potatoes
German cullinary delights are many. I opted for a fish dish, a marinated herring with potatoes. I tell you it was super delicious.
In case you visit Cologne and you want to experience something authentic, go and check out the Frueh Brewery.
Cölner Hofbräu P. Josef Früh KG
Gastronomie und Verwaltung
Am Hof 12-18
Tel.: +49-221 / 2613 – 0