The Phil Wood memorial bicycle-bird – leading the image for gallery


On March 14th we lost an icon in the world of cycling, Phil Wood (born July 9th, 1926 in Kingstown, Indiana). He is the man responsible for inventing sealed hubs and bottom brackets, as well as creating some of the most beautiful, the most loved and undoubtably the best made bicycle hardware in the world. We have specially painted and proudly hung one of our Radvögel (bicycle-birds) in his honor. Thank you Phil, you and your creations are amazing, you will be missed.

Metrofiets and Suppenküche at the Oregon Manifest / Rapha Constructor's Challenge image for gallery


Suppenküche sponsored Metrofiets in the first Rapha / Oregon Manifest (video) CONSTRUCTOR’S CHALLENGE RACE on October 3rd, 2009. Taking First Place in its category and placing seventh in the overall design challenge! Not only that, but an honorable mention for the most bier cargo, natürlich. For more, click the photo. Congratulations Metrofiets!

third photo above © Johnathon Allen

Oktoberfest 2009 at Suppenkü image for gallery


Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival held each year in Munich Bavaria Germany at the town’s ‘medow’ and festival grounds called the ‘Theresienwiese,’ named after Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen the wife of Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) in whose honor the first Oktoberfest, on October 12, 1810, was originaly held. It is the world’s largest fair and Munich’s most famous event. Since 1950, there has been a traditional festival opening: A twelve gun salute and the ceremonial tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer at 12 noon by the current Mayor of Munich with the cry “O’zapft is!” (“It’s tapped!” in the Austro-Bavarian dialect) begin the Oktoberfest each year.

The beers (Oktoberfestbiers) that have been served at the event in Munich since 1818 are supplied by only 6 breweries. These are known as the Big Six: Spaten, Löwenbräu, Augustiner, Hofbräu, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Traditionally Oktoberfestbiers were the lagers of around 5.5 to 6% abv called Märzen – brewed in March and allowed to ferment slowly during the summer months. Originally these would have been dark lagers, but from 1872 a strong March brewed version of an amber-red Vienna lager made by Josef Sedlmayr became the favorite Oktoberfestbier. Visitors to the modern day Oktoberfest also eat huge amounts of food, most of it traditional hearty fare such as sausage, hendl (chicken), käsespätzle (cheese noodles), and sauerkraut, along with such Bavarian delicacies as roast Pig Knuckles and Whole roasted Cows.

The Peloton of Swallowsclick image for gallery


We followed this great race on our ceiling with The Peloton of Swallows.

Stop by for a beer, catch up on the Tour and watch the birds!

You may enjoy these superb photographs from Graham Watson at the scene of this 96th Tour de France and read complete reports on CyclingNews, Versus and Twitter.

The birds represent the cyclists and wear the colors of the Tour:

Yellow: Race Leader

Green: Sprint Leader

Red & White Polka-Dot: King of the Mountains

White: Best Young Rider

Rainbow Jersey: World Champion

Red Wing-tips: Most Aggressive Rider

Red Tail-feathers: Last Place

Gnome Coinageclick image for gallery


May 15th 2009! This is the anniversary of the day the Suppenküche began. This year, to celebrate the cooking of so much soup, and to welcome the next 16, we threw a costume ball to honor the Gnomes with a royal (G)night. Our sweet sixteen party was wonderful. Thank you.