Bamberg is a beautiful city famously known around the globe for beer.
Hopfen und Malz, Mai Gott erhalt’s! (Hops and Malt, May God preserve them!) is a common saying in this city which is home to 9 breweries.
Located in the northern Bavaria, Bamberg is home to 70,000 people and was the first stop on a recent trip to Europe. In Bamberg plus Beer equals Dilemma I discussed the 9 breweries in Bamberg and mused about which ones I should visit.
Departing San Francisco I really had hopes of reaching all 9 breweries in Bamberg! Lofty goal, I know, but I was still optimistic.
Alas that was not to be 🙁
By the time I arrived in Bamberg, I actually only had 1 ½ days to see the sights and drink at 9 breweries! I hadn’t given up hope but the 95° temperature definitely played a roll in slowing me down. Besides not really wanting to move quickly, I didn’t want food or beer.
Despite the adversity, I did make it to 3 – Ambrausianum, Schlenkerla and Klosterbrau!
At Ambrausianum, I enjoyed a very nice Hell beer! I enjoyed this wonderful nectar of the gods while sitting under an umbrella waiting for the brief rain storm to pass. This is also the location that made me realize “I’m in Germany!”
Schlenkerla is home to a famous smoked beer called Rauchbier. I had heard this beer tasted like bacon and wasn’t really very excited to try it but thought I had to do it! My verdict, it didn’t taste like bacon and I actually really liked it! I thought the smoky flavor complemented the other beer qualities.
Klosterbrau is the oldest functioning brewery left in Bamberg and sits next to the Regnitz river. After a morning of wandering the city I decided I needed to sit and have something to eat and drink. Founded in 1533, Klosterbrau’s Pil’s was just what was needed!
I was disappointed that I didn’t make it to more breweries but this leaves the door open for my return!
There is so much beer in Bamberg and the breweries just touch the surface.
Next time I won’t neglect the Beer Kellers most of which sit high above the city and offer awesome views. Fassla, Spezial, Mahrs and Wilde Rose are just a few of the Kellers that may make on my list the next time I visit Bamberg.