After a lazy morning cruising down the Main River, and then just entering the Main-Danube Canal, we stopped in Bamberg,Germany for the 2014 Goldring Travel Food & Wine Brewery Tour and Beer Tasting Event.
This is one town where the docking was not in town and no picturesque, but we are in town for only a few hours. After a very short drive (but too far to walk) we arrived in a very picturesque town. We were told that essentially the entire town of Bamburg would be closed since it was a Sunday. However, this was no ordinary Sunday, but one of only two when the shops are allowed to be open. So everyone was in Bamburg and the town was extremely lively. We even had some sun!
|The canal in Bamburg, Germany|
|A simple street sign troublingly says a lot:|
Nearby and up the hill are the two remaining beer gardens, which hold many hundreds of people, who would come to picnic and drink beer – which was stored with the winter’s ice in the caverns right below them (hence their location up the hill).
While many of the breweries are gone and only two beer gardens
remain, Bamburg still produces over 50 different beers…and it was time to see
how they are brewed and to taste some.
|Judenstrasse, Bamburg, Germany|
|The beautiful Bamburg townhall|
|Klosterbrau, the home of the 2014 Goldring Travel|
Food & Wine Tasting and Brewery Tour
Our guide led us to Kloserbrau, a brewery that dates back to 1533; Bamburg’s oldest. (There is reference to there being a structure on the site 200 years earlier!) It was owned by many prince bishops, originally known as Prince Bishop’s Brown Beer House, and then a number of private owners until the Braun family purchased it in 1851; it now being run by its fifth generation.
|The fifth generation Braun owns and operates the brewery|
|Our guide gave us a taste of green (unfiltered) beer still being brewed|
|Some of the brewery's offerings in bottles|
(The draft versions were what we enjoyed.)
|What a good beer tasting looks like when its over!|