Germany, day 5

Day 5: Thursday, April 28th 08:30: Bus to Krones (Freising) 09:00: Tour Krones (Brewing) 11:30: Lunch courtesy of Krones 12:30: Bus to Neutraubling 14:00: Tour Krones (Packaging) 16:30: Bus to Freising Day: Head off solo to Kloster Andechs Evening: Reinheitsgebot Festival in Freising Had to run solo as I was getting peopled out and feeling old after 4 days with the 20-somethings. I headed to Andechs on the recommendation of my friends, Katherine & Michael. It was one of the most truly lovely times I have spent. I poked around and even managed to get an impromptu tour of the …

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Germany, day 4

Day 4: Wednesday, April 27 07:30: Bus to Bamburg 10:00: Tour Weyermann Malting 12:30: Tour Schlenkerla Brewery 14:00: Lunch at Schlenkerla 15:00: Bus to Freising Bamburg. One day was not enough. Life highlight: being in the cellars of Schlenkerla where the brewmaster, the great-great-grandson* of the founder, poured beer for us out of the tanks. A truly remarkable day. *I may be missing a -great or two.

Germany, day 3

Day 3: Tuesday, April 26th 07:45: Depart for Weihenstephan (Approx. 15 min walk) 08:00: Brew day at Weihenstephan 15:00: Tasting then Tour of Bavarian State Brewery Ow. Just ow. Not the first time I’ve made beer the morning after too much beer, and it won’t be the last either.

Germany, day 1

Enchanting. Delightful. Charming. Lovely. Inviting. Quaint. All of these describe Freising to a tee. On a Sunday afternoon, words like sleepy, quiet and dead also describe it. One thing I was to learn about German is that their lifestyle is a far cry from the North American convenience/consumer culture that I am used to. I loved it. We landed on a Sunday, and walked downtown to grab something to eat after we checked into Gastof Lerner. Almost everything was closed (including the ice cream place with Hefe Weissbier gelato), but we stumbled on Spaten – Schanke, a small restaurant owned by an older husband …

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