Weihenstephan. The oldest brewery. Ever.

We enjoyed a beautiful drive through the countryside to Weihenstephan, the oldest brewery in the world! We enjoyed a tasting of their best sellers- Pilsner, Hefeweizen, and Dunkel. They were all excellent. Then we tried the Kristallweis- a filtered wheat beer. Next we had the Korbinian- a dark, chocolaty brew. All were excellent! With lunch we ordered their very special brew, Infinium, a light, fruity, bubbly beer that drinks like champagne! Wow!

The food was really delicious, too! Adam had the selection of three sausages with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The sausages were grilled- crisp, smokey and perfect! I had the Ox cheek in Korbinian beer gravy with fresh steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes. The cheeks were super tender and flavorful. The gravy was rich and beefy. What a great meal to finish our stay in Bavaria!

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Homemade pastries

Today we’re headed to the oldest brewery in the world- Weihenstephan! Unfortunately all their tours were booked until July 2nd, but we’re still going to see the place and drink some beer 🙂

To celebrate I got up early and made cherry and creme fraiche turn overs, potato, onion and bell pepper hash, and fruit salad with fresh pineapple, gooseberries, and red currents. Yum! Sorry for the poor pics. I accidentally erased the good one!

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Time to start packin’

We have just one more day here at our comfortable, lovely home in Landsberg Am Lech. After a lovely afternoon in Andech, we came home to begin cleaning and packing. I accidentally took a nap, too 😛

For dinner, I made one of Adam’s favorites, Jamie Oliver’s Beautiful Zucchini Carbonara. It’s supremely delicious and extremely easy to make. Win. Win.

We started and finished with a delicious red table wine. Crispy bacon with zucchini, mushrooms and thyme tossed with pasta, cream, eggs, Parmesan cheese, and a generous amount of fresh cracked pepper. Yum! I planned to also make a fresh green salad, but the wine was good 😉

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Mmmmm…..Obatzda

We toured the beautiful Andech cathedral then headed to the beer hall! We had big pretzels, Obatzda cheese with raw onion rings (Bavarian Classic), potato salad, and a slice of pork roast with crispy skin. I really enjoyed the Obatzda with onions spread on the pretzel. It was similar to pimento cheese with the addition of raw onions! The potato salad was tart and creamy and Adam’s pork was perfectly seasoned. Honestly, I’m getting sick of the meat-heavy Bavarian dishes, but we’re only here a couple more days. The creamy cheese was a nice break from all the pork and sausage. I look forward to a new kind of meat-heavy fare in Prague 🙂

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I had a cup of coffee with cream and sugar to round out the meal.

Fast breakfast

As today is Sunday, we slept in like proper Germans:) Adam brought me coffee in bed. We got ready and headed out. We had a simple, fast breakfast on the road. Crackers with hummus. I forgot to take a picture because I was too busy trying to figure out directions to Kloster Andech. It’s a monastery that brews wonderful Bavarian beers!

We drove about 45 mins to Kloster Andech and had some excellent beers. I had their seasonal beer, Apfelweissen, apple wheat beer. It was great. Adam had the Dunkel. Gary and Aimee had the Helles. All fabulous!

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Dinner

After a wonderful day in Munich and the hour-drive home, we decided we would enjoy some more exercise and Bavarian fare. We went on a lovely bike ride through our charming city. We got caught in the rain, but we both needed showers anyway 🙂

When we returned from our ride we had a relaxing glass of German Riesling wine. It was light, green-apple-fruity, and a perfect way to relax after a long day!

I made Thuringian sausages with sauerkraut, apples, and onions. Aimee made a delicious mix of sautéed vegetables and dinner was ready!

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More Bavarian charm

After a delightful morning celebrating Brewers Day, we headed to Hofbrauhaus for lunch. We started with a wonderfully fresh bread basket, then we ordered two classics- boiled pig knuckle and roast suckling pig. The knuckle was a little flabby, but it tasted good- much like corned beef. The suckling pig was ok- a little bland. I didn’t really like the dumpling- it was oddly chewy and dense. The beer however, was excellent 🙂

We finished our meal with coffee and apple strudel. Both of which were perfect!

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P.S. Bavarian food looks terrible in photos 😉

Brauertag Munich

OMG! What luck! We didn’t realize it, but we were headed to Munich on one of the best days of the year- Braurtag, Brewers Day! All the Munich breweries take a sacred oath to uphold the beer purity laws of 1487, Reinheitsgebot, which dictate the ingredients that are allowed to be in beer. The priest gives his blessing AND….. Let the FREE BEER flow!

We happened upon the celebration in the Viktualienmarkt. DREAM come true! There were men in lederhosen, women and children in traditional Bavarian dresses, three brass bands, dancers, whip cracking guys, spectacularly decorated horses and carriages, and FREE BEER! I feel so thankful that we experienced such an awesome display of Bavarian culture. Blessed!

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