Sunday, 29 August 2010

Wuerzburg


I'll write about my Franconian beer adventures when I get back as internet access here is rather limited. Suffice to say if I was worried about the state of German brewing before, I'm even more worried about it now. That'll be the theme of a later post.

Wuerzburg is pleasant, but it has taken it 60 odd years to recover from the devastating air raid by the RAF at the end of the war, when 90% of the city was destroyed, including it seems, every pub. Well we've had trouble finding any. But there is wine and surrounded as it is by vineyards, perhaps that's what has happened. Wine has won here. Despite Wuerzburg Hofbrau, there is little to be had other than the juice of the grape.

Ah well. When in Rome.

9 comments:

Paul Bailey said...

I've often wondered what was the point of reducing this beautiful old city, and all its treasures, to rubble, just months before the end of WW II? Like Dresden, Wuerzburg had little military significance, and the raid seems to have been conducted out of pure spite.

Barm said...

Würzburg is not representative of the state of German brewing in the slightest. Wine has always been top dog there. If you do manage to find any beer, I always thought Würzburger Hofbräu's Julius Echter Weißbier was better than their Pils.

Erlangernick said...

To break the will the populace by breaking their cities! Though if they'd have done that to you lot (well, they did, didn't they?), we'd call it a war crime. War is hell.

Würzburg lies in "Weinfranken", not "Bierfranken". That's what Bamberg's for.

So how was Schlenkerla then?

Tandleman said...

Barm - I know this and knew it before we came here, but what is your point? Beer being almost non existant is rare in Germany. That was my point.

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Erlangernick said...

Worse than in Sachsenhausen?

BTW, thanks for bringing your native Highland weather...er...Wetter along. 10°, wind, and rain today.

Erlangernick said...

And what's this worry about German beer? Thought we had some pretty decent beer at a number of places!

Bailey said...

Hope you've found some Distelhauser. Alte Mainmuehle is our top tip. We've always found plenty of reasonable beer, and some cracking stuff, in Wuerzburg or nearby.

Tandleman said...

We did intend to eat there on our last night (Alte Mainmuehle) despite it seeming like a tourist trap, but it was so cold and wet, we ate elsewhere. But we did have Distelhauser which was better than Wuerzburger Hofbrau (no great feat) and the awful Herbsthauser.

We drank wine mostly, as there was a wine fest on in the Markt Platz. Oh and some excellent Kostritzer in our hotel.