A common one is that beers often have the name of their home town as a prefix, and foreigners assume that’s the brewery name. Or they mix up breweries of the same name but located in different towns. Scheßlitz? That’ll be Drei Kronen – the one I’ve not been to, but which often gets confused with the one I have, which is Drei Kronen Memmelsdorf. Drosendorf? That’s one of the two Brauerei Göller, And Schammelsdorf is of course Brauerei Knoblach. I think we saw all of those names on our way out on Monday morning, and we weren’t on the way to any of them!
Although we kept to the shorter 7km loop rather than the full 11km, we were still tired as we headed back to our start point. Fewer weird rocks, but still plenty of nature between the wheat and maize fields, and along the line of ancient apple trees. Finding a place for lunch had been a bit of a challenge – it’s still fairly common for places to take Mondays off (“Montag Ruhetag”) and the Corona crisis has made it worse. Some bierkellers and biergardens currently only open from Wednesday and some only do Friday-Sunday.
Fortunately I’d spotted a name I know well – Merkendorf – and found that one of the town’s two breweries, Brauerei Hummel, was open for beer and food. (The other, Wagner Merkendorf – one of at least four Wagner Bräu’s in the area, hence the need for the town name as a qualifier – takes Mondays off.)
But it had a bit of greenery around, including a large shady tree, a play area which the kids loved, and the food and beer were hearty and – with one exception – excellent. I had the pork belly, roasty, salty, chewy and delicious, accompanied first by a classic hoppy-bitter and faintly toasty Kellerbier and then by Räucherla, their lovely smoky Rauch-Märzen. My one disappointment was ending with their Cowboy Schwarzbier – so sweet and gassy that I couldn’t finish it. Still, the brewery ‘shop’ was open, they’d sold out of the Rauchfestbier but we have Pils, Märzen and Festbier-Hell to try later – I’m sure they will make up for it!
Boy am I envious of you, BryanB. I’ve been dreaming of a return visit to Franconia but had given up on that until next year. Now you post tempting photos of Kellerbier and amazing scenery designed to tease.ReplyDelete
All joking aside, it’s good to know that pubs and brewery taps are open for business, albeit with certain compliance measures in place.
Ten years ago, my son and I enjoyed an excellent lunch, plus a few Biers at Löwenbräu Keller in Buttenheim, and your description was just as I recall the place. It certainly brought back some happy memories. The neighbouring St. GeorgenBräu tap was closed, but their Keller, on the edge of town was open.
Needless to say, we had to give it a try!
I very nearly went over there last night, but was just too tired after a day trekking around Bamberg. The climb up the hill to Greifenklau was even harder with a backpack full of beers!Delete
Sounds like you’re having a great time. Look forward to reading further reports.ReplyDelete
The first time we stayed in Bamberg our apartment was almost opposite Greifenklau. It is quite a climb up that hill, especially in temperatures in excess of 30°C!