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2011 Forchheim Annafest

Forchheim Annafest
2011

Friday 22nd July 2011

Travel arrangements went well and ROC joined PV on the Nurnberg to Bamberg train at Forchheim - where ROC had been camping out for a couple of days.

Bar Location Code
Fassla Obere Konigstrasse 19-21 96052
Comment
Book in, freshen up, unpack and straight down to the bar. It was 13.00h before PV got his first beer, but it was worth the wait.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Fassla Gold Pils 5.5 x D Never touched the sides
Bar Location Code
Spezial Obere Konigstrasse 10 96052
Comment
Our initial disappointment that there was no Ungespundetes turned to jubilation when we found the Festbier was on instead. Now have to get the key to the Gents toilet if you want a crap.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Spezial zum Jubilaum 5.4 ? D Smoked and very good
Spezial Rauchbier Lager 4.7 ? D Rauchy

Back at the station we found that the branch line’s trains from Forchheim to Ebermannstadt were not running as the torrential rains of the previous few days had washed away one of the level-crossings. There was a bus replacement service and with true German efficiency it got us to Pretzfeld nearly as quickly as the train would have.

Bar Location Code
Nikl-Brau Egloffsteiner Strasse 19 91362
Comment
This traditional Franconian style brewery, opened in 2008, is located in converted barns. Went for some goulash which the waitress, Maria, explained in her best American was more than a soup. Very nice it was too. The Braumeister Mick had trained at St Georgen (Buttenheim) which went some way to explaining the quality of his beers.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Nikl-Brau Helles 5.2 ? D Zwickel maybe
Nikl-Brau Dunkel 5.6 ? D Sharper Keller bier

The bus back was a luxury coach which did not bother with the intermediate stops and whisked us straight back to Forchheim.

Bar Location Code
Josef Greif Serlbacher Strasse 10 91301
Comment
It was one of PV’s lingering disappointments that the Greif bar in the centre of town had closed when Mengo paid a visit to the town. It is still closed. Having now located the brewery and tap it was a chance to rectify the omission. On the way ROC was even able to buy a bier decal from a specialist beer mug shop.
There were a few drinking outside the undistinguished tap but there was no-one in the large bar. There was only one barrel behind the counter but when the beer is as good as this one do you really need anymore? The waitresses were making ‘closing time’ noises when the barrel ran dry. Horror, would we be able to get another beer? Of course, out came a dinky 5 ltr and if anything the next beer was even better – one of the closest beers to a 5 PV has come across.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Greif-Brau Hell 4.9 ? D - 1st Boy, it is good
Greif-Brau Hell 4.9 ? D - 2nd Absolutely bloody gorgeous
Bar Location Code
Eichhorn Bamberger Strasse 9 91301
Comment
Apparently this was ROC’s local when all on his lonesome. The bar was empty apart from the owner who happily chatted away about the difficulties of running a bar in these times before letting slip that one of ROC’s mates was drinking in the courtyard. We joined Norbert (a dead ringer for Max from the GG) and a couple of other locals. They seemed adamant that Eichhorn was not only the best beer in Forchheim but also possibly the World. PV could not see it; it was not bad but rather too gassy for him. Norbert would be working at the Eichhorn Annafest Keller and we would call by to see him there.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Eichhorn Vollbier 4.9 ? D Bit gassy but not bad
Eichhorn Edel-Pils 5.4 ? D ROC only
Eichhorn Marzen 5.7 ? D Not sure
Bar Location Code
Hebendanz Sattlertorstrasse 14 91301
Comment
The notes get a bit brief from now on - indeed there are none apart from the name of the bar (in this case miss-spelt) and the beer. Anyway, seem to remember a rather traditional bar with low lighting and an unhelpful owner – no business card, no stamp and no humour. The beer, however, was rather tasty.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Hebendanz Export Hell 5.0 ? D Low carbonation and rather tasty
Bar Location Code
Neder Sattlertorstrasse 10 91301
Comment
Very traditional pub which is famous for RN’s crotch video. The front bar was very busy but we managed to squeeze onto a table. Attempted conversation but both the locals and ourselves spoke little English. If popularity determines the best beer in Forchheim then it must be Neder. Not quite sure what beer we tried; it is noted as assbier but this could well have been Festbier. A local bar for local people.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Neder Anna-Festbier 5.2 ? D Probably
Bar Location Code
Zur Tenne Sattlertorstrasse 20 91301
Comment
We were in need of sustenance and ROC recommended a bar just down the road. Described as a Mexican Bar Grill we settled for some steak and chips. The beer as described as Neder Helles on the menu which probably meant the Pils.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Neder Helles 4.9 ? D Probably the Pils

After the meal we headed for the station and the next thing we remember is being woken by some German lads on the train. For some reason they thought we were cool and the most boisterous wanted our opinion on his singing voice. He was very good and we agreed if we had ever watched the X Factor and knew what it was all about, he was talented enough to appear. As the chat continued it transpired the train we were on was headed for Nurnberg – totally opposite to the direction we needed. Anyway, with no toilets on the train we decided to stay on to Nurnberg so PV could relieve himself before getting the next train back to Bamberg. All objectives achieved, but please note the only toilets PV could find were in McDonalds and cost €0.50 per slash – worth every cent.

Saturday 23rd July 2011

PV had worked out a little brewery tour via train for the day. First up was Kronach which turned out to be a rather pretty little town with a schloss on the hill overlooking the settlement.

Bar Location Code
Kaiserhof Friesener Strasse 1 96317
Comment
The Gasthof is on the main road with the brewery behind accessed through an archway. The pub itself was not traditional, lacking the usual paneling and scrubbed pine tables. Instead there were some beer barrel stools at the bar and automatic doors to the toilets. Neither the bar nor the beer was particularly memorable.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Kaiserhof Pilsner Naturtrub 4.8 ? D Standard beer but not unpleasant
Bar Location Code
s’Antla Amtsgerichtstrasse 21 96317
Comment
The old building has been gutted and a bright modern bar/restaurant installed complete with an integral brewery. The nice lad behind the bar explained they had light, dark and Spezial beers. How strong is the Spezial? - 6% - we will have the light! But of course we had to try the Spezial before we left. The light made PV burp so must have been gassy.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
s’Antla Helles 5.1 ? D Very nice but gassy beer
s’Antla Dunkel 5.1 - D -
s’Antla Spezial 6.0 ? D Quite a sharp Dunkel beer

Back to the station and back to Lichtenfels which we had passed through on the way to Kronach. Didn’t really see much of the town as the brewery was on the outskirts in the village of Oberwallenstadt and we took a taxi.

Bar Location Code
Wichert Alte Reichsstrasse 50 96215
Comment
The outside looked like a concrete shed more suitable for a transport café than a Gaststatte but the interior was a proper restaurant. So we had something to eat; something pork. In a separate room some model train fans were having a meeting. PV did not join them. The large beer garden was completely empty. The Braumeister, Michael, had been brewing for 25 years and his experience showed in the well crafted beers.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Wichert Kellerbier 4.9 ? D Easy drinking and filtered
Wichert Dunkel 4.9 ? D Rauch

The ordered taxi arrived in time but the train to Kulmbach was running 15 minutes late! Not only that, the indicator board kept showing the wrong information. PV pointed this out to the waiting driver and guard and was rewarded with a Gnue. Luckily a young lad had his home made mobile ghetto blaster (shopping trolley, 12 volt car battery and stereo) with him to entertain us while we waited. It was a bit of a walk from the station to Hofer Strasse past the site where the Kulmbacher Beerfest would be held the following week. Not an unpleasant stroll though, as it provided views of the overlooking hilltop castle. From the bridge the view of the allotments provided an insight into what some Germans do on the weekends – each one had a substantial shed (cabin) on the plot complete with brick bar-b-q. Mind you, the return walk was through the old part of the town and much more picturesque.

Bar Location Code
Monchshof Brauhaus Hofer Strasse 20 95326
Comment
Located at the site of the former Monchshof brewery (now taken over by Kulmbacher). Also on the site the Bayerisches Brauereimuseum which still brews. This is a really large Gasthaus with lots of different drinking rooms to choose from. We of course chose the servery bar and occupied the Stammtisch. PV got the order wrong but got away with it by a free taster.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Kulmbacher Schwartz 5.5 ? D Definitely a Frank beer
Brauereimuseum Museumbier 5.5 ? D Soapy pinkus taste (Free taster)
Bar Location Code
Kommunbrau Grunwehr 17 95326
Comment
Located in a converted water mill, this place was full of character. It also turned out to have very helpful staff – not only a business stamp but a free beer calendar and would you like a free pack of Franconian Beer Trump cards? Yes and thank you very much. The couple we meet on the way in decided it was getting a bit chilly outside and asked if they could join our table. Seigfried and Angelika had driven from Munchberg especially to try this brewery’s beer. They too were disappointed that both the July Special and Summer seasonal beers had run out. The disappointment did not last overlong as the two that were on were very nice indeed. Both our table companions were into nature and Seigfried likes to build insect nesting boxes. As he was driving he limited his second beer to a Schnitt but while he was away in the bogs Angelika sneaked herself a full one. Encouraged by the generous size of the ‘cut’ beers we too finished with a Schnitt – it must have been a new barrel of the Hell as it was fresher than the first. To cap it all a very nice girl invited us to go and see her paintings but we had to decline as we had a train to catch.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Kommunbrau Hell 4.9 ? D Very good beer
Kommunbrau Bernstein 4.9 ? D Might even be better

Our extended visit to Kommunbrau had put us an hour behind the ‘optimum’ schedule and by the time we got to Ebensfeld it was getting dark.

Bar Location Code
Zum Schwan Hauptstrasse 46 96250
Comment
This is really out in the boondocks. The very traditional Gasthaus had a few people dining and we decided to join them. Can’t really remember what we ordered for the main course but the appetizer of lard with bits plus bread was very PV/ROC. We said goodbye to the other diners as they left until there was just we two, Suzi the dog and the young owners, all of whom agreed the train we needed was at 21.11.
Brewer Beer % T Comment
Ebensfelder Pilsener ? D Light and not too gassy
Ebensfelder Urtrunk ? D There was no comment

Back in Bamberg we headed back to base.

Bar Location Code
Fassla Obere Konigstrasse 19-21 96052
Comment
We joined Daniel and Franz and must have chatted about something but buggered if I can remember – oh yes, one of them drew a map to show where he lived, south of Nurnberg.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Fassla Lagerbier 4.9 ? D Its not bad, it’s good
Fassla Zwergla 6.0 ? B Can’t remember
Sunday 24th July 2011

Today we were actually going to do the Annafest. Train to Forchheim and a festival special bus from the station to the festival grounds (Kellerberg). The following Kellers were visited.

Keller Brewer Beer % Comment
Greif Greif Festbier 5.5 Nice but slightly too sweet for us
Hebendanz Hebendanz Festbier 5.2 Better – waiter came from Pretzfeld
Winterbauer St Georgen Festbier 5.6 Enjoyed – slightly drier
Lowenbrau Lowenbrau Festbier 5.6 V nice – as per ROC, the Lowenbrau taste
Kupfer Weissenhohe Festbier 4.6 Ordinary strength – distinctive nutty taste
Weise-Tauben Rittmayer Festbier 5.7 Friendly crowd – most expensive piss at
50c
Neder Neder Festbier 5.3 Excellent beer – crap music
Neder Neder Swartz 5.9 Black Anna – right to the top of the list
Schutzenhaus Wolfshohe Festbier 5.8 Permanent building – Birgit from
Greif
Eichhorn Eichhorn Festbier 5.8 Food, Schweinshaxe – meet Wolfram

You have to pay a returnable deposit for the Krug (€5) at each Keller visited and pay for every piss. The beer was about €7 for .5 ltr. At the Eichhorn Keller, Norbert was working on the Krug stand; Ziggy was serving. We managed to get on the table with Wolfram Mayor and his family. Very nice chatting to them and after his family left we bought Wolfram a Neder Swartz-Anna and made our wibbly wobbly way back to the station and home to Bamberg.

Bar Location Code
Spezial Obere Konigstrasse 10 96052
Comment
Helga was serving the few customers left this late on a Sunday. We almost left before closing time when a group of Finns turned up. Having toured the Bamberg breweries they may have even been as drunk as we were. Thomas (Ashan) was the publican of The Gallows Bird in Espoo. His mate’s favourite beer is Dark Star Hophead – had we heard of it? Yes, it is available in a pub near us and cost somewhat less than the £6 a pint it cost him.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Spezial Rauchbier Lager 4.7 ? D You must be joking
Spezial Zum Jubilaum 5.4 ? D Ditto
Monday 25th July 2011

With PV’s flight not until 19.00 we had a chance to do a bit of a reconnoiter of Nurnberg in advance of Mengo’s trip later in the year. We had a look round the centre and then headed out to Klinikum to try Landbierparadies Haxenhausle – it was closed until 16.00h.

Bar Location Code
Barfusser Hallplatz 2 90402
Comment
Mainly to eat – had the Nurnberger sausages.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Barfusser Blonde 4.9 ? D Unfiltered but nothing special
Bar Location Code
Kloster Andechs – Das Wirthaus Konigstrasse 55 90402
Comment
Because we were there.
Brewer Beer % T - Comment
Andecher Spezial Hell 5.8 ? D PV loved it; ROC less impressed