Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

At first, I found it hard to believe that this is my first Beer Balcony of the year. On the other hand, this is the year in which COVID-19 dictates the rules for socializing.

This is November 2020, and we are in our second wave, but gatherings for two households are allowed at the moment. So it was time to welcome my longtime friend Martina, whom I had not seen since last year November.

We also enjoyed our first taste of Glühwein (mulled wine) for the year.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

Yesterday evening, I had one of my closest friends over. Come to think of it, this was only her second time to visit us. We usually go out together and rarely meet on home ground. Some working women like us are just not into entertaining at home.

Rhiannon did point out though that the wooden sign ‘Maria’s Beer Balcony’ needs a make over, because the beer glass is painted in black and hardly visible on the dark blue background. We looked at the ‘white foam’ floating downwards, which resembles more a tooth or a dripping cloud.

beer balcony

Rhiannon, originally from Wales

Yes, we had wine to toast to the arrival of a new baby in the family.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

This is beer balcony photo #7. Considering I started this series two weeks ago, and only went back to photos dating from early May of this year, there have been quite a few friends coming to see us.

 The only way to have a friend is to be one.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson-

This time, we have my husband’s brother Rich and his son Eric from Paris sitting on the balcony.

ICE travel brings family closer together in about four and a half hours between Paris and Frankfurt.

Rich & Eric Aug 2013

Eric and Rich from Paris

As usual, these family gatherings are good for the heart and soul (… and stomach, too).

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

My brother came by two days ago and we spent the evening on the balcony. We had light beer on the dark balcony, but there was also a little light from the living room and we also had some candles lit. My iPad camera wouldn’t recognize this, though.

We were sharing stories on the balcony till 0:30!


with Thomas from Schweinfurt/northern Bavaria

He is a regular visitor, because we are not only sister and brother, but good friends as well.

Maria’s Beer Balcony in Germany

This visit was actually for a good-bye beer. My fairly longtime English friend (we have been friends for about five years, which is long in expat circles) has since then moved to Munich, one of the cities claiming to be the Bierhauptstadt (beer capital).

Balcony with Jeannette

With Jeannette from Nottingham/UK

I hope to get to see Jeannette for a beer in Munich before she moves on again!

By the way, here is something I learned today:

*Take a nonalcoholic Weißbier, add Zitronenlimonade ( carbonated soft drink, especially sweet lemon-flavored drinks) and you have a Russ’n (coll. for Russen = Russian)

Wonder what a combination of an alcoholic Weißbier with Limonade would produce, a Tartar maybe?

Munich is famous for its Weizenbier (German), but in the southern regions of Germany and Austria, only ask for a Weissbier or you will get funny looks.

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