Germany, day 7

Day 7: Saturday, April 30th Free day Took the train into Munich and explored a bit. Found a truly wonderful yarn store where I met a woman who both understood English and understood why I wanted a German yarn. I bought an amazing grey cashmere lace yarn, maybe for a scarf. I met up with Joanne and we made a pilgrimage to the Hofbrauhaus for lunch. We hit the Friesing beer garden for dinner before heading to Friesing’s Spring Festival at the fairgrounds. They have a beer carousel which I left only a few times for biological reasons. It was …

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Germany, day 6

Day 6: Friday, April 29th 10:00: Tour Hop Museum 11:00: Beer Tasting 12:30: Bus to Weltenburg 14:00: Open time 15:00: Tour Abbey brewery Well, Tuesday’s hangover had nothing on this one. Epic. We were all, and I mean all, in a great deal of self-inflicted pain. The visit to the hop museum was a bit rough; it was hard to truly enjoy the tasting prepared by the beer sommelier. I felt truly awful that I could not fully appreciate the 3-year-old bottles he brought in from his private cellar. The hair of the dog had the desired effect and was …

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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.