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09-09-2010, 08:30
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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PWOsh5tJhjM/TIiC02TuUJI/AAAAAAAACiY/f2_iTzf0uO8/s320/sandkerwa.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_PWOsh5tJhjM/TIiC02TuUJI/AAAAAAAACiY/f2_iTzf0uO8/s1600/sandkerwa.jpg)We arrived in Bamberg to catch the last few days of the religious festival Sandkerwa which was celebrating its 60th anniversary. Bamberg is transformed from being a mere world class drinking town, into a world class drinking town with a bonus few dozen more drinking venues added, stretching along the river bank and taking up every square inch possible in the town itself. Stalls sell tacky souvenirs, bratwurst, candy floss, sweets, bratwurst, chocolates, bratwurst and beer. Lots of beer - almost as many beers stands as bratwurst ones. It is packed with people and has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, with families mixing easily with the more dedicated beer drinkers, of which there are quite a few.

We were met off http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PWOsh5tJhjM/TIiCPwgodoI/AAAAAAAACiQ/QmpSp-57cO8/s320/P1000975.JPG (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PWOsh5tJhjM/TIiCPwgodoI/AAAAAAAACiQ/QmpSp-57cO8/s1600/P1000975.JPG)the train by our friend Nick who lives in the area. He'd done the necessary homework and had sussed out the top drinking stands - those that dispensed " vom Bayerischen anstich" or straight from the cask. (It is a style I'm very familiar with, not just from drinking in Franconia, but that's how we serve most of our German country beers at GBBF.) We threaded our way through the crowds to the riverside and made a start. Keller bier in stone krugs from Brauerei Zehendner from Mönchsambach provided a good start. Soft and easy drinking, it was hard to tear ourselves away, so we had a few. We tried several others too though, including, Brauerei Huebner, St Georgen Brau and probably more. The softer carbonation in this style of serving is perfect for keller beer and it slides down all too easily. Do look out for it if you go there.

One word of warning for visitors to this bucolic scene. Apart from the dangers of tasty keller bier, German mosquitoes are bitey little buggers.

Nick and Eileen on their first beer.
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