Jan 17 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm


The GACC – Library is implementing an old German proverb, “Übung macht den Meister” (in English “Practice makes perfect”) in showing a hilarious German movie with a typically long German title for the thirteenth time:  Die Feuerzangenbowle. We welcome all you cult followers, and those who have missed this movie in the past!

The film starts a favorite German actor of the 1940s, Heinz Rühmann, playing the role of a young university professor and writer.  When he and his much older friends gather in a tavern to indulge in a favorite warm German winter drink, the Feuerzangenbowle, they get carried away by telling stories of their school years, remembering all the nasty tricks they played on their teachers in their youth.

In Germany today, die Feuerzangenbowle is a cult film.  Whenever it is ready to be shown, university students prepare by collecting manual alarm clocks, flashlights, and small bits of paper, which they crumple into spitballs, all to be implemented at the appropriate times during the movie.  (Note: your smartphones won’t be to able do it all!)

Today’s university students often bring their mulled hot, rum-spiked wine with them in thermos bottles, but that is not necessary for this event, as we will serve you the very same drink you see warming beneath the flame of the Feuerzangenbowle in the first scene of the movie.

About halfway through the film, we’ll pause to let you enjoy both the visual delight and taste of the glowing, steaming Feuerzangenbowle, along with some finger food.  We will also serve a non-alcoholic punch.  Then we’ll return to watch the remainder of the movie.  You’ll find this to be a truly enjoyable evening that you won’t soon forget!

The showing of the 1944 film, “Die Feuerzangenbowle,” in German with English subtitles.
When:  Friday, January 17, 2020, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Don’t be late!
Where:  Sacramento Turn Verein, 3349 J St., Sacramento 95816, upstairs in the Banquet Hall; there is parking behind the STV off “I” Street between H & J, or on the street (watch for time limits!)
$15.00 regular; $10 for full-time students with ID, or for enrolled GLS students; children 12 and under free.
Payment at the door by check, cash or credit card.  For early reservations and payment by credit card (through PayPal) click here.
Admission includes the Feuerzangenbowle drink & finger food—all with “seconds”.  Other beverages will be available for purchase before the movie begins.  No alcoholic drinks will be served to minors.
The famous punch:  Warmed, mulled red wine into which sugar drips from a Zuckerhut (cone-shaped sugarloaf), and set alight—a beautiful sight, especially when the lights are turned down. (Come and see!)

Apr 4 @ 3:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Every spring, the Sacramento Turn Verein—and thousands of local beer lovers—gather to celebrate the arrival of Bockbier, a traditional Bavarian beer that is dark in color and relatively high in alcohol content. This two-day event includes:

  • German music by the Sacramento Turner Harmonie
  • Bavarian folk dancing
  • Traditional German food
  • Biergarten

We invite you to join us at this lively event, where Bockbier flows like the Sacramento River and German heritage is alive and thriving!

According to some records, Bockbiers date back as far as the mid 1200s in Germany—and although their name came from the Hanseatic league town of Einbeck (where the beer was first brewed), a myth says it was derived from the German word for “goat,” which is also “bock.”

By 1380, there were 600 breweries in Einbeck producing Bockbier. Later it was exported to Munich and then all over Europe. With the large demand for Bockbier in Munich, the Einbeck brewmeister was brought to Munich with no chance of returning to Einbeck.

  • Bockbiers generally have a malty character with a caramel and roasted flavor that finishes slightly sweet and come in many styles:
  • Dunkelsbock: traditional dark bock
  • Hellesbock: pale beer that is light in color with a dry finish, almost like a pilsner
  • Maibock: somewhat darker bock that has a definite hops taste
  • Weizenbock: wheat beer brewed to the strength of a Bockbier
  • Doppelbock: double bock with a slightly sweet finish

All Bockbiers fall under the Reinheitsgebot, the German purity law established in 1516 by Dukes Willhelm IV and Ludwig X of Bavaria. This law established that beer may be made of only water, malt, and hops. Little was known of yeast back then, so it was not included in the regulations.