Monday, 13 December 2010

Beer! Beer! Beer! A belated Oktoberfest report

The picture says it all really
Back in September we attended the 200th Oktoberfest in M√ľnchen, the boys all dressed in black Gisborne Gold t-shirts, eager for Mass upon Mass of Bavarian beer, and the women wondering how their lives had reached such nadirs.  I’m happy to report that the boys did indeed have their wishes come true, and that it wasn’t so bad for those less keen on the beer.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

On beer, mulled wine, and why never the twain should meet.

Mmmm...smoky smoked beer
Bamberg is famous for a number of reasons, one of which is the smoked beer, or Rauchbier as it is called in Deutsch.  Interesting drop, the aroma (smoky funnily enough) slaps you from about half a metre away, and the taste is a surprisingly intriguing and pleasing combination of smoke, hops, ashtrays and treacle.  The beer is pretty full on though, so although a single glass (500 mL) is an absolute must if you’re ever in the city, ordering a second may not be such a sound investment.  And while Bamberg smoked beer is worth the effort, their Christmas Bierpunsch is a very different beast…