Welcome to Obatzda.com, this is a sister-site to Phoronix that I’ve been working towards for some time and have now established it and beginning to make it public. As most know who have read my writings on Phoronix.com and elsewhere, met me at various events around the world, or have found out otherwise, I am quite a beer enthusiast when not handling things for Phoronix Media or working on any technology/business projects. Well, it mostly comes down to being a great fan of Bavaria and the wonderful beers, food, people, and events that happen within that great region of Germany.
I’ve tried hundreds of beers from around the world and Obatzda.com will share with you my thoughts on many of them. For each new beer I try, I generally take a photo and take note of my thoughts on the different beer. I’ve been doing this for the past few years so have already amass a large collection of content to share via Obatzda.com (thus be prepared for an onslaught of information in the coming days). This site though isn’t attempting to be just a beer review web-site, since there’s already the wonderful BeerAdvocate and RateBeer web-sites that do a mighty fine job for that purpose.
I’ll also share my thoughts and information about Bavaria, Oktoberfest, and other aspects of the incredible Bavarian culture and other interesting happenings. While it will mostly come down Bavaria/German information and reviews, there’s also other wonderful beers, beer festivals, and other events around the world that I’ve covered. This will be where I’ll share my thoughts on them, rather than having to mix too much beer information with the technology / Linux content on Phoronix.com . For a while when running a blog on MichaelLarabel.com I had written about some different beers as well, but Obatzda.com will be the Phoronix Media web property catered to this delicious beverage and more.
As far as the domain, Obatzda, it’s a unique and wonderful Bavarian cheese spread. It’s commonly eaten with a large pretzel while enjoying a wonderful Bavarian beer. As described on Wikipedia, “Obatzda is a Bavarian cheese delicacy. It is prepared by mixing two thirds aged soft cheese, usually Camembert and one third butter. Sweet or hot paprika powder, salt, pepper are the traditional seasonings. An optional amount of onions, garlic, horseradish, cloves, ground cumin or caraway seeds may be used and some cream as well. The cheeses and spices are mixed together into a smooth mass. It is usually eaten spread on bread or pretzels. Obatzda is a classic example of Bavarian biergarten food.”
Should anyone have any questions about the web-site, future plans, or anything else, let me know!