Prologue: Where? Franconia is a region in Northern Bavaria. Topography? Hilly, lush green with dense forests and stoney outcroppings. How big? It's about the size of West Virginia. How many? There are around 300 breweries in this small area. When? Now, this is the last beer frontier. It's changing every day and may not be … Continue reading How to drink beer all day and lose weight in four days
Working as an English teacher here in Munich has exposed me to a lot of new people and new beers. Since I'm in fair shape and on the thin side, my German students often comment that I don't look like I'm such a big beer drinker. Of course, they get the idea I am because … Continue reading In Franconia: All Paths lead to Beer
How to hike from brewery to brewery in Franconia. Great beer, food and scenery.
Hennemann Sommergold is another winner from the Sambach brewery. Hoppy and dry, perfect for summer.
Hennemann Lagerbier Brewery: Hennemann Town: Sambach Style: Vollbier Color: amber Head: white, rocky Nose: malt with slight hops Body: full, low carbonation Palate: great malt/hop mix Finish: long and dry Served: on tap at the brewery Impression: Wasn't sure what to expect but this beer was a true surprise and is a great example of … Continue reading Hennemann Lagerbier
Griesbräu has not one but two Maibocks. This the craft beer version was on the money, rich and malty with some nice hops in the mix.
Griesbräu has not one but two Maibocks. This the more traditional one was rich and malty with a somewhat lacking finish.
Ettaler Maibock may not live up to the standards of other Southern Bavarian Maibocks but it's an easy drinking bock in a style not always easy to find.
While my preferred beer wandering is in Franconia, I do live in Munich and with so much great hiking south of town, it's where I tend to go on day trips. As you might imagine, there are breweries down there and while, for me, they are not generally on a par with my faves to … Continue reading How to Walk around a Bavarian Brewing Monastery
Though this is far from and not meant to be an exhaustive history of my favorite beverage, I wanted to hone my knowledge of and put some order to it. You might want to save these (approximate) beer dates, too 100,000 BC: Humans add grains to their diet. 10,000 BC: Humans start to cultivate grains … Continue reading A Brief History of Beer in Time
Aying is a lovely small village south of Munich and home to the Ayinger Brewery. With an idyllic Biergarten and a great group of seasonal beers and food, it's a can't miss.
Ayinger Maibock is yet another great seasonal from the Southern Bavarian brewery. This Hellerbock has a firm dry bittersweet finish and big malty palate. Yum.