Favourite beer?

Bamberg is great. It’s famous for a Rauchbier a really smokey beer and it’s a really cool town. It ya kes a bit to get there though it’s not near an airport.

I also like Düsseldorf / Mönchengladbach and their Altbier. It’s all served in small 0.2ml or 0.25ml glasses to keep it fresh. That’s where I visit the most.

In Bavaria Augustiner is my favourite of the big 6 breweries.

To be honest there’s so much choice all over Germany. Many are lager types though not like the diversity we have here.
 
Ashbourne ale by Leatherbritches, brewed locally and only £3.60 a pint in The Alestone.... Lovely beer, great little micro pub... Well worth a vist.
 
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To be honest there’s so much choice all over Germany. Many are lager types though not like the diversity we have here.
Germany has streamlined its great brewing traditions a bit too much, and too much that's being drunk these days is of the big output and cheap but a little bland lager variety.

There is still a big number of traditional or local beer styles that live on but mostly a bit under the radar. Some of them are only being made by a handful of breweries (e.g. Gose in Leipzig, Berliner Weiße in Berlin, the smoked lagers in Bamberg, Wieß in Cologne etc.) and you need to look for them actively.

And the lagers from the smaller breweries tend to be better than the ones from the large ones. Much better.
 
Does anybody here know Gale's Prize Old Ale?

I read something about it a few months ago, and it seems very unique!
 
After the game tomorrow I intend to visit a small brewery bar in Russelheim between the ground and Mainz. I may be overruled though by my friends, we’ll see.

And on Friday I may have a nose around Bonn rather than hit the big city of Cologne. I’ve not looked for a Brauhaus yet in Bonn.
 
I've never been to Rüsselsheim so I can't give any tips, unfortunately.

I've been to Bonn numerous times in the past but only twice in the last ten years or so.
There is Brauhaus Bönnsch which is a traditional brewhouse with traditional food. They seem to have a Wies (an unfiltered Kölsch) and a Weizen (wheat beer). I was there once about ten years ago, and I did enjoy the visit. I don't remember anything in particular about the beer but the food was definitely nice.

There is also a craft beer bar in Bonn called Balthasar. I've never been there and can't comment but they seem to have eight taps and from the photos on Google I conclude they serve beers from Ale Mania which should save you from scurrying around the outskirts of Bonn. Ale Mania make a Gose (that's a traditional and slightly sour wheat beer with salt and coriander that not many breweries make).
 
I've never been to Rüsselsheim so I can't give any tips, unfortunately.

I've been to Bonn numerous times in the past but only twice in the last ten years or so.
There is Brauhaus Bönnsch which is a traditional brewhouse with traditional food. They seem to have a Wies (an unfiltered Kölsch) and a Weizen (wheat beer). I was there once about ten years ago, and I did enjoy the visit. I don't remember anything in particular about the beer but the food was definitely nice.

There is also a craft beer bar in Bonn called Balthasar. I've never been there and can't comment but they seem to have eight taps and from the photos on Google I conclude they serve beers from Ale Mania which should save you from scurrying around the outskirts of Bonn. Ale Mania make a Gose (that's a traditional and slightly sour wheat beer with salt and coriander that not many breweries make).
I’ll feed back my opinions if I do go to Bonn on Friday, which is very likely.
 
Does anybody here know Gale's Prize Old Ale?

I read something about it a few months ago, and it seems very unique!
Just seen this Swabian.
I live not far from the old Gales Brewery which was bought by Fullers years ago.
Prize Old Ale is still about but in very small quantities. It was brewed in Chiswick, then East Sussex and now (I think) in Greenwich. I get a bottle of two for Christmas as it's 9% and tastes like rich Dundee cake... it's extremely difficult to brew and now sits under the Dark Star brand.
Gales was a brilliant local brand and I was gutted when they sold up to Fullers. The old brewery in Horndean is now a block of flats :(
 
Just seen this Swabian.
I live not far from the old Gales Brewery which was bought by Fullers years ago.
Prize Old Ale is still about but in very small quantities. It was brewed in Chiswick, then East Sussex and now (I think) in Greenwich. I get a bottle of two for Christmas as it's 9% and tastes like rich Dundee cake... it's extremely difficult to brew and now sits under the Dark Star brand.
Gales was a brilliant local brand and I was gutted when they sold up to Fullers. The old brewery in Horndean is now a block of flats :(
A pity!

I've read somewhere (and from memory) Prize Old Ale is basically brewed with a continuous fermentation process, i.e. a little of the previous batch is kept, and they start the next fermentation with it. So they basically have (or had?) the same process going for a very long time, and thus a very complicated and unique microflora has developed. I hope I get the chance to taste it one day.
 
A pity!

I've read somewhere (and from memory) Prize Old Ale is basically brewed with a continuous fermentation process, i.e. a little of the previous batch is kept, and they start the next fermentation with it. So they basically have (or had?) the same process going for a very long time, and thus a very complicated and unique microflora has developed. I hope I get the chance to taste it one day.
You're right. I think Fullers were sceptical about continuing with it but kept some old barrels back and someone rescued the brewing process.
Gales were a great employer back in the day and although they had to make money they also made sure their landlords could too.
 
I’ll feed back my opinions if I do go to Bonn on Friday, which is very likely.

Hi @swabianfox I did go to Bonn yesterday albeit only for about 4 hours as my train up from Frankfurt left on time but was delayed by 2 hours 15 minutes by the time it got to Siegburg.

It’s a great city. Definitely worth a visit. I spent a good couple of hours or so in the Bonnish Brauhaus with their strangely shaped glasses. I also had some decent food. I only sampled the unfiltered Bonnish bier as I will return another time for sure.

After a wander around the city I went to a Sion Kolsch bar for a couple near to the house where Beethoven was born then headed back on the tram and train.

I could have stayed longer but my alarm went off at 3.45 UK time to come home.
 

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Rüsselsheim is a small quiet town between Frankfurt airport and Mainz. It’s known as being the home of Opal (Vauxhall) cars. The town centre is okay enough. We went to the Rüsselsheimer Brauhaus for what were the best two beers of the day. The rest were all gassy lager.
 

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Hi @Dags,

great to hear the trip was at least partially worth it. The food looks definitely very nice.

Massively delayed or cancelled trains have now become part of the German folklore, sadly. :-(

There is an ongoing argument among beer drinkers in Germany outside of Cologne whether Kölsch actually counts as beer. I'm not sure either ;-) but what I do know is that I very much prefer the Altbiers in Düsseldorf. When I last went to see my friend in Bonn about two years ago we picked up several different bottles of Kölsch from a kiosk and sampled them over the course of the evening. They were all more or less alike, bland and fizzy. I can't even remember the brands. Maybe there are better ones, such as the unfiltered and more historical Wieß versions, or they taste better fresh from the keg with high turnover.
 
Shane (and YorkFox) - I'm in York tomorrow (Sunday).
Not sure in which order I'll be doing my pubs, but I shall be in the the Waggon & Horses sometime in the evening.
 
Shane (and YorkFox) - I'm in York tomorrow (Sunday).
Not sure in which order I'll be doing my pubs, but I shall be in the the Waggon & Horses sometime in the evening.
Ah balls. I’m back in Leicester for a few days as it turns out.

Maybe try and Volunteer Arms and The Fox 🦊 if time permits if you didn’t get to them last time round.

Lineup in the great Waggon pub on Friday was: Proper Job (St Austell), Deepdale (Buxton), Ay up (Dancing Duck), Tropical Tom (Fat Cat), Citra (Oakham) plus the usual Batemans dross
 
Ah balls. I’m back in Leicester for a few days as it turns out.

Maybe try and Volunteer Arms and The Fox 🦊 if time permits if you didn’t get to them last time round.

Lineup in the great Waggon pub on Friday was: Proper Job (St Austell), Deepdale (Buxton), Ay up (Dancing Duck), Tropical Tom (Fat Cat), Citra (Oakham) plus the usual Batemans dross
Landlord just sent this through. Present line up. Forgot Hophead that was on other day too.
 

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Cheers for the pic Shane. Decent selection (as usual). Pity you’re not around for a catch-up, but I’m sure there’ll be other times.
I’m in Blue Bell currently.
 

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In Waggon now. (Citra). In the back bar with the sweaties. Interesting flag in the front bar!
 

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