Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Final Anstich keg tappings begin on Thursday, as Sandkerwa NA wraps for 2010.

It's the final week for afternoon Anstich tappings. They'll be at 5:00 p.m. each day on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Average depletion time lengthened a bit last week, primarily owing to a slow Friday evening, but you can take nothing for granted. There is an outside chance we'll be getting a few more Anstich kegs in early October. Stay tuned.

*Thursday, September 30*
Hoping for Huppendorfer Vollbier
Brauerei, Brennerei und Gasthaus Grasser, Huppendorf
Located in countryside east of Bamberg and slightly south of Schesslitz, the latter known to a few of us owing to biking and motorcoach adventures. "Brennerei" means distillery, in case you were wondering, and the family has a guesthouse as well.

*Friday, October 1*
Hoping for Günther-Bräu Lagerbier (or Pilsener)
Privatbrauerei Günther, Burgkunstadt
Another small, family-owned brewery and pub, this one in Burgkunstadt, northeast of Bamberg and just a few miles outside of Kulmbach, in Upper Franconia. Founded in 1840.

*Saturday, October 2*
Weissenohe Monk’s Fest
Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe, Weissenohe
The ninth selection, ending this edition of "Sandkerwa NA with Anstich," is a classic Franconian Märzen lager: Amber, malty and balanced. These also have come to be known as Oktoberfest lagers. Weissenohe Monk's Fest is brewed at a monastery maintained by the family of Urban Winkler, who also sources the Anstich kegs for Shelton Brothers. The church still holds services, alhtough monks no longer live there, and the family runs the brewery. I want to go visit.

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