Taste of Germany Experience Dinner

Start off in the 1920s Speakeasy Rathskeller, explore the hidden Beer & Wine Cellar with a large variety of Old World Wines and Beers from around the world. Savor authentic German dishes from Ernest’s side of the family from Heritage Chicken Schnitzel to Old World Roulade.

The Hand-crafted Beer Cellar at the Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat.

Experience the Great Camp Wonder

In a disappearing Adirondack icon: an original Adirondack lodge whose nearly 140 year history includes a stage coach inn, a post office and trading post. It served as a cure cottage, was an illustrious speakeasy and grand hotel. Today, you can begin by visiting the 1920s Speakeasy with a Hidden Beer & Wine Cellar and the Adirondacks largest selection of craft import beers and sustainable wines.

Reserve & Receive

  • The password to access the 1920s Speakeasy Rathskeller.
  • Ability to browse our Hidden Beer & Wine Cellar; the Adirondack's largest selection of craft-import beers.
  • With glass in hand, meander to one of the world's most spectacular lake view sunsets.
  • Have dinner in the 1886 Stagecoach Dining Room.
  • Dinner includes farm-fresh salad or soup depending on the season, choice of main entree from the nightly menu, and Chef's accompaniments.
  • Add-on an appetizer in the Speakeasy or a dessert!

Add to the Fun!

Looking to add to your experience? Check out our nightly activities below!

Ernest Hohmeyer gives a presentation on the History of Beer in the Speakeasy Rathskeller while guests sample different beers from around the world.

History of German Beer Workshop & Tasting

What is a German Beer? How far back do they go? Are ales, lagers, and wheat beers the same in Berlin as in Munich? Are they the roots of today’s craft beers? Sample 6 beers as we explore the history and myths in a fun 30-minute tasting.

Guests watch Executive Chef Cathy Hohmeyer demonstrate how to make Spaetzle in a 30 minute cooking demonstration.

Old World Favorites Cooking Demonstration

Several generations of Hohmeyer chefs are part of a centuries-long Old World culinary lineage dating back to medieval times. Explore seasonal themes from spaetzle to strudels via an interactive 30-minute cooking demo with recipes and how-tos.

Ernest Hohmeyer giving a History of Beer Tasting & Workshop focusing on Octoberfest Beers.

History of Octoberfest Beer Workshop & Tasting

Join Ernest Hohmeyer for a 30-minute experience about the history of Octoberfest beer, replete with a tasting of 6 beers from around the world!

Sample Menu - Subject to Change Without Notice

Taste of Germany Sample Menu

All entrées include fresh bread,
nightly soup, and chef’s dinner accompaniments.

Chicken, Salmon, or Veal Schnitzel

From an Old World medieval family recipe, Chicken, veal, or salmon is hand-cut, hand-pounded,
dipped in egg and fresh seasoned breadcrumbs, then sautéed in real butter until just crispy.

Kasseler Rippchen

Pork is lightly smoked and slow-roasted.
Served with sauerkraut and apples; a German Oktoberfest favorite.

Lodge Garden Vegetable Strudel

Seasonal vegetables accent a chopped spinach/chard and broccoli base. Seasoned
with salt, pepper, coriander, dill, and basil; topped with freshly melted local cheese.

Adirondack/Old World Sauerbraten

A bottom round of beef is marinated for 72 hours in vinegar and wine with vegetables.
It is then slow-roasted, cooked through, and from the juices a red wine sauce is made.

Ernst’s All Natural Roast Duckling

A classic dish from Hohmeyer Sr. All natural duckling is slow roasted
whole, then hand-cut into quarters and placed underneath the grill until crisp.


Children's Menu

Lodge Classic Chicken Schnitzel ~ Mac and Cheese

Appetizers (PDF)Desserts (PDF)

Reserve Your Experience

Use the form to the right (below on mobile) to get started with your reservation! Please keep in mind that our experiences are limited. If you are interested, we recommend reserving today!

Policies, Terms, & Conditions
  • Incidentals and extras such as, but not limited to drinks, appetizers, desserts, and workshops are not included.
  • Our limited experiences require a full, non-refundable deposit. Your credit card will be charged upon booking. If you are concerned about a having to cancel, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.
  • The Lake Clear Lodge & Retreat is a limited seating/participation facility and the Lodge Staff is preparing activities for you. If you need to cancel your experience, please let us know as soon as possible.
  • Info, policies, prices, advertisements, menus, etc. are subject to change without notice.