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Beerfest tasting and picnic

Beerfest tasting and picnic

Niagara
Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 1:45am
Clarence
New York

Sunday's Beerfest tasting and picnic was a great success.  With perfect summer weather, we gathered to taste over 15 different beers including the non alcholic Root Beer.  Each presenter shared a story of why they chose the beer that they shared with the group.  After the tastings, we had a wonderful picnic of German sausages and dishes that members brought to pass.  Beside our local members, we shared our day with a member of our national organization.  She was there to encourage our club to increase and retain our membership and explain the fun that national events provide. 

Report submitted by Deborah Boehm

 

Ed Yungbluth added an additional article written by Bill Fix , which is quoted below.

 

EIN, ZWEI, SOFA!!!

by Bill Fix

            ♪ “In (Clarence) there’s a hofbrauhaus, Ein, Zwei, Sofa!” ♫

            No sooner had you parked your car and started up the driveway to Ed and Bev’s place, you could feel the excitement building. We were about to begin our 6th annual BEERFEST!

            The first thing to greet your eye was the colorful chalk artwork of Mercedes emblems, beer steins and a Hirsch(deer)/cow?? Entering the beer garden (back yard) you were once more greeted with chalk artwork of “Willkommen” spread along the rear embankment. In the background, you were further greeted by the arousing sound of German/Polish music provided by Norm Kaminski. Norm is a friend of Ed and Bev’s and has been providing our background music and sound system almost from the beginning of our annual fests.

            A shade canopy and chairs were already in place facing the newly rebuilt deck of the Yungbluth homestead and Ed's handiwork was widely admired.

            The “beer garden” slowly filled up with members carrying in their beer coolers, a plate to pass and chairs to complement what our hosts had already provided.

            Snack foods, along with ice water and lemonade had already been set out to satisfy the hunger of anyone who may have skipped lunch in anticipation of the always scrumptious food servings provided by our members. Oh! And lest I forget, did you taste those Limwurst (Limburger, onion and liverwurst on rye) sandwiches? Uuuuuum! (Talk to me after you’ve tasted some beer).

            To kind of get things started…Bev and Ed had invited Julie Bruggner, our National Office Treasurer, to share in our festivities. Julie shared reminders of upcoming National events (StarFest, everyone?) and plans by National to get dealerships on-board to improve club membership. A survey of M-B buyers indicated that most were never told that Mercedes-Benz even had a club that they could join. With just that brief presentation to our members, Julie was already one of us and ready to party.

            Then Julie made a surprise presentation of MBCA membership to a new owner of a Mercedes-Benz.  Ian Scaduto, a neighbor of Ed and Beverly, often attended our beer fest while assisting our hosts with getting things setup. He often admired our attending members’ cars (even as we did). As his time to purchase his first car neared, he may have been influenced slightly by his exposure to the M-B brand. With a little encouragement, perhaps; Ian purchased a 2014 C300…wow! What a great start to automobile ownership. To commemorate this purchase, Ed and Bev paid for his MBCA membership to our local section. Welcome Ian!

            At last, the time to once again enjoy sips of international and craft beers had arrived. And unbelievably, once again, there were no repeats of beers from the previous five beer fests.  Presented were 12 light beers, 3 dark beers and one root beer. A picture of the beers presented is included in this article. Every beer had a character of it’s own and all were received with enthusiasm and interest. Prosit!!!

            Shortly after the last beer was tasted, the aroma of German sausages began to fill the air, assisted to their perfection by Dan McJury, who has volunteered to be our chef every year. Once the sausages were ready; we filled our plates from the offerings in the kitchen. Suddenly, everything was considerably quieter as the luscious food was devoured.

            With great reluctance, the day grew to its end. But this wasn’t the end – it was the beginning of thoughts for next year. Huuum, what beer should I begin to think about? Well I guess we’ll just have to taste a few to find out. Auf Wiedersehen und PROSIT!!!   Written by Bill Fix