Before we day-trip to Potsdam, let us ground ourselves in one of their beers:
Braumanufaktur, Dunkel, Potsdam, Germany. Biodynamic. €1.09
Appearance: looks clear, medium intense amber brown. Aromas: smell clean and intensely of roasted/caramelized honey, mint, strawberry, and bread. Palate: feels dry, freshly tart, moderately bitter, mildly alcoholic (4.8%), leveled, and light in body , with a soft texture. Flavors: punch with medium plus intensity akin to honeyed, roasted pear, soft warm rye bread, mint, with a light chocolate icing. The length is medium plus.
If you couldn’t tell, I like it. Braumanufaktur makes a complex, lively yet dark dunkel that you could enjoy multiple pints with a variety of foods. Outstanding (5 of 5).
Ok. That was an organic grocery store win. But does the city it comes from, Potsdam, measure up?
I imagine St Petersburg looks like Potsdam: all orderly, pastel, neoclassical facades blanketed by stark snow.
And the reason for this? 18th century oligarch Frederick the Great. We hike through slush to his “summer” palace: Schloss Sanssouci, which, of course, has its own grain mill:
But fabulous Rococo extravagance defines Sanssouci. Unnecessary “follies” abound its grounds.
After swimming through Christmas markets, we end up at a Kurdish falafel joint and discuss our/their life in Turkey and Kurdish difficulties under the regime. Oddly, I feel that Frederick would approve.