Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Bier-Mania! Update

Welcome back to Bier-Mania!.

Been away awhile but yep, I'm still alive, just!

Back last Thursday after nearly a month on the road, 5 x back-to-back Oktoberfest tours and a 4-day research trip to the Czech Republic later I am sort of slowly recovering! My thirst for beer however is still there although I do count 4 'beers' these days as 4 litres. Oh dear!

All Oktoberfest tours were 4-day/3 night tours starting in Nürnberg airport and spending 1 night in Josef Schneider's (and of course Ute, Joesef's missus) brewery guest house on the Altmühltal river near Kelheim, very nice place indeed and of course great food and beer! Most tours also included a brewery visit to Schneider Weisse brewery in Kelheim where everyone managed to bottle their own beer, those who missed kindergarten when they were younger showed their definite lack of skills! Regensburg was also visited with our lunch stops normally in Spital brewery beer garden or restaurant, great place, old hot dog stand and of course nice cathedral!

The other 2 nights of the tours were spent in München with 1 day at the Wies'n soaking up the Oktoberfest atmosphere (Oktoberfest grounds) and 1 day seeing the rest that München has to offer such as the beer gardens Augustiner (Arnulfstrasse) and the Englischer Garten over to the NE of the centre of town. Of course the historic Altstadt was also visited such as the Rathaus and square, the Glockenspiele as well as the Hofgarten and Odeonsplatz. Of course a München trip would not have been complete without the Hofbräuhaus in which we had lunch in and a sing-song a total of 4 times, great atmosphere and great band, in fact they even played Waltzing Matilda for us (see tour 4)! München's other great 'beer-places' were also visited-Schneider on Talstrasse (also great food) with it's New York/Kelheim Weizen beer and of course Augustiner Bierhalle, great beers and great places!

So, the nationalities on the tours. A complete mix of people, large and small, male and female and from all walks of life, Aussies, Canadians, Brits, Americans, New Zealanders, South Africans and Danish! To you all, you were all good people and cheers for making your way to Bayern for the tours, ein PROSIT!

Cheers for now,