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Schlappeseppel Brewery, Aschaffenburg, Germany

Posted in Brewery Visit, Franken / Franconia, Germany with tags , , on October 13, 2010 by alexis2

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Schlappeseppel is a small brewery (part of Eder & Heyland group though) in the city of Aschaffenburg which lies about 40 km east of Frankfurt, but actually is part of the State Bavaria.

Its history goes back as far as the 17th century when durring the Thirty Year’s war, the Swedish King Gustav who occupied the city requested a beer being brewed. The man everyone called “Schlapper Seppel” (lame Seppel), because of his limping, brewed the first beer in this brewery and the tradition has been kept until today.

In the restaurant of the brewery which is located in the historic center of the city, not far from the castle, 2 draught beers are served: one unfiltered Lager (Helles) and one filtered Lager. Basically they’re the same except that one hasn’t been filtered and appears blurry. One could say it still contains all the healthy goodness of the yeast! Anyhow, they’re both similar in taste and equally good. Light, refreshing with a clear fruitiness.
Other special beers are also served as well as seasonal beers. But at the time of our visit all specials and seasonals were available in bottles only, so our interest faded.

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Löwenbräu Brewhouse in Munich

Posted in Germany with tags , , , , on October 11, 2010 by alexis2

I passed by the Löwenbräu brewhouse in Munich the other day and thought I might as well share the sight of it on this blog.

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Oktoberfest 2010

Posted in Event, Germany, Oktoberfest with tags , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by alexis2

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It wasn’t really planned long in advance but rather a spontaneous trip that brought my friends and me to the 177th Oktoberfest which is also celebrated since 200 years (it got cancelled on several years, in particular during wartime). Those kind of weekends always end up being fun, especially with that setting of it being the last Oktoberfest weekend of the year and beautiful weather: You can imagine that it was packed!
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Emmer Beer, Riedenburger Brauhaus, Germany

Posted in Ancient Beer Styles, Germany with tags , , on September 27, 2010 by alexis2

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Last weekend I spent some time in Berlin and stumbled on something I never tried before: Emmer beer. Emmer wheat is a type of wheat that was massively cultivated in ancient times and is now a rather rare finding; in Italy it is also known as Farro.
This Emmer beer is brewed by Riedenburger Brauhaus located in Franconia not to far from the city Regensburg.
The beer tasted kind of yummy, similar to a full nut brown ale with a nice sweetness and spiciness. Something in there tastes a bit like Semolina but I’m not certain about that description. Also, Emmer is not the only grain used in that beer: Einkorn, spelt, barley and wheat-malt are also used in the concoction.
Definitely well made and interesting, something I’d like to try again!

O’ zapft is !

Posted in Event, Germany, Oktoberfest with tags , , , , on September 20, 2010 by alexis2

Inside the Hacker-Pschorr tent

..with those traditional words ( “It’s on tap!”) Munich’s mayor Christian Ude opened the 200th Oktoberfest last saturday.
For those of you who aren’t aware of the details: Oktoberfest isn’t only the biggest public festival or fair in the world attracting 6 Million visitors in 2 weeks (3 weekends), but it’s also the thirstiest festival in the world, serving 6,5 Million “Maß” during that time; in American measures that would be 1,7 Million Gallons – and we’re talking about beer only!

Wow, I’m myself always amazed at those figures! But once you’ve been there you get it. The festival has some kind of aura which lies in the mix of tradition and good beer.

In a certain way this event is the definition of an anti-tourist-trap: thousands of tourists come each year to observe Bavarians drinking beer while wearing their Lederhosn. But it is totally natural for a Bavarian to wear his Lederhosn on the Wiesn and not a made-up bluff. Also, Bavarians are very joyous and welcoming people, especially at Oktoberfest, and they love to celebrate their beer-nirvana with millions of visitors.

Certainly, beer prices are very high – hitting 8,30 Euro per Maß this year – which could make it a tourist ripp-off. But here again, it’s not a bluff: this is probably the best beer you can get on this planet. And this is for a reason: Every day breweries refill the tanks of the festival anew with beer coming directly from their lagering tanks which makes it the freshest beer served on the planet. This is a crucial quality factor: how long does your usual bottle of beer stand on the shelf before you open it? How long does a keg at your favorite pub wait in a backroom before being tapped?

A fresh Maß of Spaten

At Okoberfest you get the essence of a well-made and fresh beer! It is a Märzen style beer which makes it a bit higher in gravity and alcohol, but also more flavourful with stronger malt aroma. But despite being stronger it still appears fresh and easy to drink. Many visitors of the fest believe they could only drink 1 or 2 “Maß”, but end up drinking 4 or 5..

So if you haven’t been to Oktoberfest yet, you should definitely give it a try. By the way, the Oktoberfest Beers you can buy in stores all over the world don’t come close to the real stuff tapped on site! Prost!

Paulaner Tower

Coupon for a Beer at the Ochsenbraterei tent