The Hahndorf Inn has a friendly spruiker. In a welcoming and resonant tone she invites every passer-by in for a meal or a beverage and ensures that everyone knows that this pub is the town's only pokies free establishment. I'm sure the friendly persuasion increases patronage. I know it doesn't take much to encourage me to settle in on one of their street front wooden tables for a stein of imported ale.
Hahndorf is a town in the Adelaide Hills, 30 minutes drive from the CBD. Settled in 1839 by German immigrants fleeing persecution, the town prides itself on its Germanic roots. Stores and cafes selling traditional crafts, baked goods and imported foods line the main street and there is a heritage centre with a fascinating display of artefacts documenting the settling of the area.
But what brought us to Hahndorf was a challenge, a food challenge. My husband was keen to pit his stomach against the Hahndorf Inn's Meter and Litre. A meter of sausage and a litre of beer.
There are two meal options for the Meter and Litre Challenge. The first is a meter long Bratwurst sausage, served in a spiral with steamed vegetables, 2 pretzels and gravy. The second and I think the more difficult of the two is a meter long hot dog. Made with a Bratwurst sausage and topped with sauerkraut, a choice of locally made mustards and served with a side of chips this is a monster meal is made even more mammoth by the meter long baguette that serves as the hot dog bun.
A litre of beer is served in a traditional glass stein with the famous Hoffbrau House logo. There are all of the standard Australian beers available on tap but for a few extra dollars you can get a stein of a Munich Hoffbrau beer. There are 3 varieties available all year round and 2 seasonal brews.
My husband opted first Meter and Litre meal option and determinedly made his way through the spiralled Bratwurst. He forfeited on the accompanying pretzels which are quite dry to my tastes and I munched down a few of his steamed vegetables. But in the end he prevailed and was presented with his souvenir t-shirt to commemorate the occasion.
I saw a few meals coming back unfinished. Many who tried the German hot dog sacrificed the baguette. But if the sausage was finished they were still allowed to have a T-shirt.
If filling yourself to the brim with sausage and beer isn't your thing then I suggest sharing the challenge. It is still a perfectly reasonably sized meal for two people. The only issue is who gets to keep the t-shirt.