Bamberg is a beautiful city of 75,000 people located in the countryside of the northern German region known as Franconia, and it long has been recognized as the epicenter of traditional German brewing and beer culture. Nine breweries operate within the city limits, and as many as 125 others are to be found within the outward radius of a good day’s bicycle ride.
Significantly, the majority of Franconia’s 300 breweries are family owned and operated.
Franconia is a state of mind worth honoring, and so again in 2014 we’re looking forward to pouring the contents of a shipment of gravity-dispense (Anstich) kegs from breweries in Bamberg’s Franconian hinterlands. These come to us from Starlight Distribution via Shelton Brothers, and we are grateful for another opportunity to taste these gems.
Anstich kegs are gravity-feed kegs with no CO2 used to push the beer. Just as in Franconia, we set an Anstich keg on the counter behind the bar, punch a hole in the top, and use a rubber mallet to insert a tap at the bottom. Once tapped, the 40 half-liter glasses of beer therein must be consumed forthwith, or the remainder will go flat. Because of this, we’ll again be selling these special beers at a special low price: $6 per half liter.
The first Anstich keg of Weissenohe Bonator will be tapped on Wednesday, October 8, at 5:00 p.m. Each one of these Anstich kegs has 40 half-liter (16.9 oz) pours inside it. The plan is to tap one per day according to this schedule. Tapping times are 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, and 3:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Wednesday, October 8
Wednesday, October 15
Braurei Bayer Landbier
Friday, Oct 17
Weissenohe Altfränkisch Klosterbier
Wednesday, October 22
Lowenbrau Buttenheim Kellerbier
Friday, October 24
Weissenohe Classic Bioland Export
Wednesday, October 29
Weissenohe Bonifatius Dunkel
Friday, October 31
Monchsambacher Unfiltered Lager