A Quest to Find Ulrich Die Brennerei
CONTRIBUTED BY HEATHER LIDOWSKI
My husband and I fulfilled a quest recently. Shortly after we arrived in Germany last summer, the little village of Mittelbrunn held its annual Schnapps Festival. We went with some friends and spent the afternoon sampling schnapps from local distilleries. To say that they tasted amazing doesn’t do them justice. They tasted so good that my husband and I went searching for one of the distilleries whose drinks were featured at the festival. Thus, our quest began.
Through a lot of questioning in broken German and utilizing of translation apps, my husband was able to discover the name of one of the distilleries from a kind and patient vendor. Our first clue guided us through some internet searches where we were able to discover an address. Not long after that, we piled into the car and headed to Langenbach, the home of Ulrich Die Brennerei (Ulrich Distillery).
We were pleased to realize that Langenbach is only about twenty five minutes northwest of the Landstuhl area, which means future trips will be easy to manage. The distillery sits on the edge of the village. A beautiful blue building welcomes visitors who can catch a glimpse of the distillery’s inner workings through the barn doors. The shop’s brochure invites people to tour the area where the schnapps, liqueurs, and brandies are crafted. The Ulrich Die Brennerei is family owned, and the distillers have been perfecting their craft for over fifty years. They have shared their secrets from generation to generation so that the diverse flavors of each fruit and ingredient used are carefully preserved in each bottle.
We were lucky enough to arrive at the tasting room during traditional German rest hours, which means we had the whole place, and all the samples, to ourselves. The shop’s offerings went above and beyond what we found at the Mittelbrunn Schnapps Festival. There were rows and rows of bottles featuring a multitude of flavors. Some of the flavors included apple, pear, vanilla crème, plums, hazelnut, strawberry-rhubarb, chocolate chili, and quince. The list is so long that I can’t name everything here.
I feel that it is almost guaranteed, though, that any visitor could find at least one brandy, liqueur, or schnapps to suit his or her preferences. The saleslady was very kind about identifying the different flavors for us and making suggestions for how to best enjoy them such as which taste best cold and which should be allowed to sit at room temperature for at least thirty minutes so that the flavors can be fully appreciated.
Ulrich Die Brennerei doesn’t just offer spirits in a variety of flavors. It also offers them in a variety of vessels. There were small bottles holding enough for one or two servings and larger one liter bottles. There were also specialty bottles to pick from such as hand-blown ones shaped like fruit to reflect the flavor of the drinks they hold and gift bottles that could be etched with special messages or dates. Basically, there was something to appeal to everyone.
After sampling several varieties of liqueurs and schnapps, we left with a few bottles to enjoy at home and share with friends. Now that we know where Ulrich Die Brennerei is, we won’t have to wait until next year’s festival to enjoy the sweet taste of strawberry-rhubarb schnapps. By that time, though, we will have undoubtedly found a new German specialty to seek out, and a new quest will have begun.
Ulrich Die Brennerei is located at Hauptstraβe 87, 66909 Langenbach. They are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. Appointments outside of regular business hours can be arranged by calling 06384 236 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The distillery and tasting room is closed on Sundays and public holidays.
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Phone: 06384 236
Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sundays & Holidays: Closed