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There seems to be an increase in the popularity of beer gardens around the states lately and my city is no different. I first discovered our local beer garden a couple of years ago and since then more have popped up around Milwaukee. I love that on a warm summer day you can gather with friends, enjoy a pint of beer, some great German music and my favorite, Obatzda which is a Bavarian Cheese Dip.
I have probably mentioned over the past year that I have been working on my backyard and patio at my house. Last year we had a patio poured and a fence put up for additional privacy. This year we have already worked on landscaping and the next step will be a pergola. Really we are working on making our own beer garden right in our backyard! We are all about the German beer and food and there are a couple of staples that I like to make when we invite our friends over to our patio: brats, German beer and Obatzda cheese and pretzels.
My favorite beer to serve on a warm summer night is Warsteiner German Pilsener which features a refreshing, clean, crisp taste. Warsteiner is uniquely brewed in Germany using water from the Arnsberg Forest which sets the scenery right outside and surrounding the brewery. This soft water is ideal for brewing and is in accordance with the German Beer Purity Law of 1516. They also offer a Warsteiner Dunkel, which I used in my cheese dip, and Warsteiner Grapefruit, great for hot summer days. You can actually find these beers in over 70 countries around the world!
Where to Find Warsteiner
I actually found these beers at my local Total Wine store which opened nearby recently. Have you ever been to one of these stores? It is such a great place to find new flavors of wine and beers. They are actually hosting a few sampling events very soon so that you can try these beers out for yourself! Total Wine sampling events will run from May 1st – July 1st. There are 450 Live Events – 3 times at 150 different locations and customers will receive free glassware with their purchase. When you go, make sure to bring your coupon for $1.00 off a 6-pack purchase or $2.00 off a 12-pack purchase. You can grab some of their German Pilsner for you and your friends and head home to enjoy some delicious Obatzda and pretzels!
Check out this Warsteiner Store Finder for Warsteiner near you and don’t forget to check out your local Total Wine for a tasting event near you too!
- 1lb ripe camembert or brie cheese, rind removed and roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons of butter, unsalted
- ¾ cup of mascarpone (or cream cheese)
- 1⁄3 cup onion, finely chopped
- 1 – 2 teaspoons of paprika
- 4-8 tablespoons of dark German beer or wheat beer
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons of chives, finely chopped (optional)
- Using a fork or a potato masher, combine the camembert, mascarpone and butter in a medium bowl until well mixed, allowing some chunks of cheese to remain.
- Mix in the finely chopped onions, paprika, salt and pepper.
- Add in the beer, starting with 4 tablespoons, mixing well. Keep adding beer until you reach a good consistency, the mix should be easy to spread onto or scoop up with a pretzel but not be wet or runny. Taste as you add the beer to check that you like the flavor balance as well.
- Cover with plastic wrap or transfer to a covered container and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- After 2 hours, take the Obatzda out and taste for seasoning, making adjustments as necessary.
- Once you have adjusted the seasoning, let the Obatzda sit for 30 minutes to reach room temperature and serve topped with chives and a little extra paprika. Enjoy with rye bread, salted pretzels, bread rolls or radishes.