Surprisingly, given the cheery chill and grumpy skies, the beer garden is almost empty. Just a single couple. They look like they've run out of conversation as well as ideas of what to do next. I don't care. I dislike people almost as much as the sun. I'm happy to sit here with just me and the clouds. And maybe the odd spitty spat of rain.
Remember me mentioning the former Wagner Bräu brewery? We'll be getting back to them in a minute.
The beer garden is an open space scattered with picnic tables. Jammed between the shed where the food and drink is served and a small stream. I mean small. A few feet wide and probably not one deep. Yet there are quite a few what look like trout doing the swimming but standing still thing under a foot bridge. I discover why, when a father and young son stop on the bridge and start throwing stuff into the stream. They aren't daft, those fish. When I get myself a beer in the shed I notice they also sell fish food.
When I go back to fetch a Schlehengeist (sloe schnaps) the bloke serving asks: "What are you doing with my beer?"
"Getting rid of the CO2. My stomach can't take it."
"You should get a Kellerbier. That's not as fizzy." Their other draught beer is St. Georgen Kellerbier.
"Where's it brewed?" I ask.
I think I can guess the brewery. The St. Georgen Kellerbier on tap is a bit of a giveaway.
Customers dribble in and out, much like the drizzle. At least it isn't hot.
I have a surprise at breakfast. The guest house is so quiet, I'd assumed there were no other guests. Couldn't be farther from the truth. As I chomp through my boiled egg and sausage, the breakfast room fills up. Not exactly with youngsters. Everyone else is at least a decade older than me. Some look older than the octogenarian serving us.
While I'm waiting to pay, I chat with the granny waitress. She's the mother of the owner. At one point she uses a dialect word and apologises, fearing I haven't understood. I mention the incomprehensible granny at the Zoigl Stube in Neuhaus.
"Oh, those people from the Oberpfalz, they have a really thick dialect. My daughter went to school in the Oberpfalz. She'd come home and say 'my class is full of foreigners, I can't understand a word they say.'"
She then went on to talk about when the Americans turned up at the end of the war. "We weren't taught foreign languages. The only English word we knew was OK." Sounds like a very dangerous answer to give a GI. Depending on your age and sex.
Eighteen euros the night costs. With breakfast. The robbing bastards*.
* They're lovely people
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