History Struwwelpeter

Who does not know the Struwwelpeter? Either it is a child or an adult, the stories of Heinrich Hoffmann had inspired and still inspire till this day every child and grown-up, and for many it is or was a part of their childhood.

Whenever we think "Frankfurt", we directly have in mind the "Struwwelpeter" story and his author Heinrich Hoffmann. Two unbreakable thoughts, and it is so because Heinrich Hoffmann wa born and had lived in Frankfurt. In other words it is because Hoffmann is a real "frankfoorder bub“.

In the famous Sachsenhausen we can right away find the Struwwelpeter - apple wine site and the host of cider wine, the place that was officially appointed the saloon for all thirsty lovers people of cider wines since 1990, the place management was delegated to the family Badreddine who does deeply and significantly warmly welcomes all cider wine lovers and tasters in their undercover garden area and courtyard as well .....well then...CHEERRRSSS !!!

The story of apple wine

Whether it is called Apfelwein, Ebbelwoi, Stöffche of Äppler, the success of frankfurt national drink has a long story.

The apple wine was discovered for the first time in history around the year 800 a.c. and it was only after another 800 years when it was officially recognized and known in Frankfurt that means in the beginning of the 16th century.

In 1638 the counsil has adopted a very strict regulation concerning the quality control specifications in the process of production of the apple wine to which apple wine producers must comply to this day.

Despite it attained the Frankfurt National Drink, it was not that easy for the apple wine to conquer and earn such title. This traditional drink was mainly a homemade drink and it was considered a drink for poor people. It was only by the end of the grape wine era and its culture, which was du in the first place to the significant change in the climate and to the destruction of many wineyards during th Thirty Years War (from 1618 to 1648), it was only by then when the apple wine could winged to and earned the title of (new) frankfurter national drink.

The story of the rib

The appel wine is offered by what is called the "Rib". The special structure of the rib is due to the fact that often people ate without any dishes and the shape of the glasses was made in a way that these glasses would easily slip trough the greasy dirty hands. Nowadays the shape of the rib admitted, with respect to traditions, is the same recognized form with all the pleasure and delight that were used to be granted by drinking.

The rib has two serving sizes 0,25 liters and 0,5 liters. However traditionally it was served up with 0,3 liters. Based on that, the famous 0,25 l glass known also as "shot dark glasses", despite it is the less content, its moderated price was left the same as the 0,3 l serving shoot. ….well then, cheers !!!

The Legend of Bembel (the jugs)

The Bembel (jug) is what we call a "pot-bellied" in other sentence an abdominous stony pot or jug, which is used by the restaurants in southern Hessen in order to serve the apple wine. Traditionally, these "Bembel" were handmade in a region called Kannenbäckerland in Westerwald. In addition, these jugs have a salty glaze, combined with blue patterns and pointing certain irregularities in form, relative to the small-scale of production. Before these jugs were provided by a cylinder cover, the different sizes of the jugs is related to the volume which is measured upon the content, in other words, number of glasses served by one, and they are named the fourth, eighth, twelfeth of twenty-fourth Bembel. Previously the restaurants served the apple wine with a 0,3l ribbed glass, and by that the fourth Bembel would contain betwenn 1l to 1,25l, depending on the restaurant chart.

Old jugs have their thickest point near the middle heading down, while they have a smooth transition between the abdomen and the neck so it can be poured without spilling the wine all over. The top of the jugs are slightly converted outwards and so fine. Especially traditional forms have cylindrical visible defined bases. The jugs are painted by a stylish apple limbs or circlets without any floral ornaments. The first jugs were formerly preserved with two folding wire bars to allow further use.

The biggest jugs - mostly in restaurants - are known as `the cerium of fouls`. The jugs are cleaved to wrought-iron frames which make an axis angle letting a rotating mechanism allowing pouring from heavy rocky jugs. These jugs are wel known in Hessen through televison broadcasting of "Zum Blauen Bock" with Otto Höpfner and after that through Heinz Schenk, where the guests of the show were offered one jug as an act for none forgetting.