Psychedelic Booze

 2/16/15 -


We’ve never been so excited by a German liquor! In Germany, there are a variety of delicious herbal spirits, but few make it to our shores outside of the frat house favorite Jägermeister. This is a gross injustice considering how broad the selection of Italian, French and even American bottles are on New York City shelves. Happily for us, a pair of delightful new Kräuterlikör (the German word for herbal liquors) from Berlin has become available.

These are the brainchild of boutique hotel owners Tom Michelberger and Nadine May and the team behind historic Berlin distillery Preussishe Spirituosen Manufaktor (PSM.) The original distillery opened its doors in 1874 and became a shrine to science and the art of distillation, but between 1950 and 2005 the property lay dormant. Although the equipment was not in use, the libraries of spirit recipes held instructions to make herbal concoctions popular in days of old. The first on offer are a lively, fresh, clear tonic named “Mountain,” and a heady, spicy, amber-colored elixir called “Forest.”

In order to encourage everyone to join in the kräuterlikör zeitgeist we will be welcoming spirit specialist Scott Rosenbaum on Thursday, February 19th, from 6 to 8 to pour these delicious bitters and tell us more about their fascinating story. Please stop by, and don’t be surprised if Scott has something else special to try as well. Also, please take a moment to check out the Michelberger’s surreal website at -- you won’t be disappointed. John Rankin

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