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It’s Already October at Local Pub

Oktoberfest 2011 starts early in Alameda.

The Speisekammer at 2424 Lincoln Avenue (at Park Street) is already celebrating the festival today, Sunday, September 11, and will continue to do so for the next three Sundays (September 18, September 25 and October 2).

In addition to beer (of course), there is music and dancing with the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club.

There is also a jumpy house and other activities for kids,not to mention German food, which the restaurant is known for.

The music, dancing and fun takes place from 12 to 7 p.m., and there is no cover charge.

The crowd builds up pretty fast, especially if the weather is nice — like today, so guests are advised to arrive early if they’d like their own outdoor table.

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Speisekammer Enjoying Springtime Popularity

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Alameda’s Speisekammer Restaurant & Pub, near the intersection of Park Street and Lincoln Avenue, is attracting quite a crowd to its beer garden, bar and other facilities this spring.

In the April 27 edition of the East Bay Express, the Alameda establishment praised its beer offerings. It also (incorrectly) noted that visitors could “forget Lederhosen and oompah music…”

Today, May 1, Speisekammer is in fact celebrating its Mai Fest with plenty of that typical German fun. Live music from the Internationals band will be playing as members of the Golden Gate Bavarian Dance Club and others dance around the beer garden in Lederhosen and similar attire.

There will be a jump house for the kids and other activities from noon – 7 p.m. this Sunday.

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Alameda’s Special Holiday Spirit – Part II

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Many thanks to the Speisekammer Restaurant and members of the Fabulous Flugelhorns for a special Christmas Eve concert from about 6 to 7 p.m. in the patio of the popular Lincoln Avenue establishment.

The San Leandro-based Fabulous Flugelhorns include three flugelhorn players who enjoy sharing traditional carols and lots of holiday cheer with a touch of the Dickens era. (Flugelhorns are brass instruments that resemble trumpets, but have a wider, conical bore or center tube.)

At the Speisekammer, the talented musicians played Christmas favorites like “Silent Night” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” outside, while Speisekammer staff served duck and other holiday delicacies inside.

Thanks for adding such a wonderful touch of the holidays to Alameda!
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World Cup Finale at Alameda’s Speisekammer

The Speisekammer crowd was of a good size but somewhat mild-mannered on Sunday, July 11, when Spain defeated the Netherlands 1-0 to win the World Cup 2010, which took place in South Africa.

Spain, playing in blue shirts (vs. Holland in orange), made its winning goal in extra time, after the first 90-plus minutes of the game were scoreless.

The Speisekammer also had a robust crowd on Saturday, July 10, when Germany defeated Uruguay 3-2 for the third spot at the tournament.

The German pub and restaurant has been a very popular spot since the World Cup began on June 11 in Cape Town.

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Alameda’s Speisekammer Continues World Cup Fest

Alameda’s Speisekammer restaurant and pub was at full capacity today, when Germany played Spain the the semifinals of the World Cup soccer tournament.

But while the crowd enjoyed German beer and food during the match, it didn’t get all it came for.

Spain defeated the German team 1 goal to 0. Spain’s appearance in the finals on Sunday will be the first time a Spanish team has competed for the world’s top soccer prize.

While Spain is facing the Netherlands, Germany is set to play Uruguay on Saturday in the game that will determine the number three team in the world.

Thanks to Alameda resident James Fryer for sharing these images.

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Alameda’s Speisekammer Showcases World Cup

The Speisekammer knows how to appreciate the World Cup  - regardless of the hour.

The Lincoln-Avenue pub and restaurant lets patrons show up early — like at 7 a.m. — to watch the international soccer matches, which are being televized live from South Africa.  

And show up they are.

Saturday’s 11:30 a.m. match between the United States and Ghana brought at least 250 soccer fans into Speisekammer, which had several TV screens and one large projection screen available to patrons.

And Sunday’s 7 a.m. match between Germany and England was another popular event.

The tournament continues through July 11, so stop by when you can. 

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Alameda’s Midway Shelter Needs Coats & More

Some local runners and Alamedans are set to collect coats for women and children staying at the Midway Shelter.

The collection will take place this Saturday night, January 23, at the Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave., when members of the East Bay Front Runners & Walkers will meet at the German pub and restaurant for a membership meeting.

Michael Collier, an Alameda native, says the group’s board is meeting there and also will be collecting coats, jackets, scarves, hats, sweaters, gloves, mittens and other winter items for women and their family members staying at Alameda’s Midway Shelter.

The EBFRW has been working with One Warm Coat to donate to the organization.

If you can’t drop off items on Saturday, the group will try and leave a box for donations to be dropped off over the weekend.

EBFRW is a group of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgenders and friends who get together to run and walk in scenic locations on the east side of San Francisco Bay every Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. On the first Saturday of the month, the group meets at Veterans Court on the Bay Farm side of the Bay Farm Island Bridge.

As for Saturday’s event, close to 50 people have RSVP’d; so the gathering should be a lot of fun, and the coat drive should be quite successful.

Also of note, EBFRW also donates athletic shoes to give to homeless shelters and hospitals.

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To follow up on yesterday’s news: The Alameda County Coroner’s Office released the name of the young adult who was found in the estuary off Grand Street early Wednesday and died several hours later at Alameda Hospital - Ryan Kevin Devine, 24.

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Beer & More on Tap

Each fall, the Speisekammer hosts a fun-filled Oktoberfest, complete with a bouncy house and a Bavarian band.

The beer flows, the dancers move about and the kids tumble.

And this year, with a recession-friendly menu available for guests, Peter and Cindy Kahl’s German pub and restaurant is hoping to keep everybody happy.

The first two out of four weekends have enjoyed large crowds — with lots of Alameda residents coming over to the Lincoln Avenue establishment for cool refreshments.

If you need a polka – or a few suds, this is the place to be on Sunday, October 4 and October 11.