Guten Tag fellow ALEiens!
I've been finding myself working in Cologne, Germany these past couple of days, after vacationing with the family in Northern Norway since July 5th.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I'm setting off on a little adventure in the little town of Bamberg, Germany. My mission is to experience as much as possible of the local history (a town shaped by its over 2000-year Roman-Germany heritage), architecture (it was not bombed during WWII), and of course their beer tradition.
Bamberg is the birthplace of Rauchbier ("Smoke Beer"), and the lore I've learned is that it all happened by accident - literally. The buildings which housed the grain supplies of this already proud brewing town (more than 30 breweries for less than 20,000 people around 1400 or so), burned down - but left the grains! Not to be defeated by fate (and motivated by thirst), they decided to use the harvest after all, and thus discovered that smoked grains could actually make good beer. Very good beer.
Having been told that you need a couple of Rauchbiers down your throat to get used to them, I am hoping to discover or verify the real story, as I follow this route
In plain text, the places I will try to hit are as follows:
* Hotel und Brauereigasthof Kaiserdom (Where I'm staying): Gaustadter Hauptstraße 26, 96049 Bamberg
* Cafe Abseits: Pödeldorfer Str. 39, Bamberg, 96052
* Mahr's Bräu (top rated on Beeradvocate.com): Wunderburg 10, 96050 Bamberg
* Schlenkerla (the original Rauchbier place since 1405!): Dominikanerstrasse 6, 96049 Bamberg
* Klosterbräu Bamberg: Obere Mühlbrücke 1-3, 96049 Bamberg
* Stöhrenkeller: Oberer Stephansberg 11, Bamberg, 96049
* Mahrs Bräu Keller ("optional"): Oberer Stephansberg 36, Bamberg, 96049
* Spezial Keller (if there's still life left in me): Oberer Stephansberg 47, Bamberg, 96049
As the town appears to be adequately equipped with T-Mobile hotspots, my goal is to give a running account of the "Die Bamberg Bier Tour 2009", hopefully with a picture or two.
If you want to try Rauchbier, you can get the authentic stuff one of the supermarket booze stores in Princeton (the name escapes me, but it's on US1)