This tastes just like bacon
My first thought when trying some Bamberg beer last year. As everyone knows bacon is a food of the Gods, therefore Bamberg must be heaven.
The town of Bamberg is located in Upper Franconia in Bavaria. It emerged unscathed from World War Two and is a UNESCO World Heritage site, which is an extra plus for visiting.
There are currently 8 breweries, however in 1818 there were originally 70 (that would be some brewery crawl!).
Back in the day common folk were only allowed to brew beer with a special permit “brewing rights”. Making beer was initially restricted to personal use. Whoever owned these brewing rights could sell his surplus beer to the public.
To indicate the serving of beer to the public the landlords attached signs (“Gastfrieden”) to their house walls. Later from this the so-called “Schildgerechtigkeit” developed, i.e. fixing a sign to the house front which advertised the sale of beer. You will still see these signs around - look out for the Star of David like emblem.
A rucksack containing
A Brochure listing all the breweries in Bamberg and Bamberg County and a detailled description of the breweries and the beer specialities that are part of the tour
5 vouchers for beer
(Participating brew pubs: Fässla, Keesmann, Schlenkerla, Spezial, Greifenklau, Ambräusianum, Kaiserdom, Mahr's Bräu)
or other goods of your choice
(Entrance to the Brewery Museum, a wooden beer mug lid or a bottle opener)
We headed past the picturesque Old Town Hall towards Schlenkerla Brewery.
And found Schlenkerla.
We had to visit here as this was the first smoked beer we had ever tried. Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier - original Schlenkerla smoked beer. The waitress quickly plonked our seidla ( half litre) on the table. The coasters say
"Even if the brew tastes somewhat strange at the first swallow, do not stop, because soon you will realize that your thirst will not decrease and your pleasure will visibly increase."
Very true, I loved it on draught. Not as strong as in the bottle and could quick happily have sat there all night, drinking beer and sniffing the passing dishes loaded with food.
More research was required so we headed off along the river to Brauerei Keesmann
Brewing since 1867, this pretty brewery building has a sheltered beer garden.
Brewed beers include:
Bamberger Herren Pils, Keesman Hell, Sterna lager, Bock, Josephi Bock and, Keesmann Weisse.
We settled at one of the huge tables and were quickly served by one of the lovely ladies.
Another good selection of beer, as well as food and "brotzeit" - bread time snacks. However, we had to keep going - purely for research!
A wander across the river took us to Zum Sternla
A delicious seidla of Spezial beer accompanied by some food. Leberkase (meat loaf) with fried egg and potatoes as well as some soused herring in cream sauce.