I'm turning into a right lazy git in my old age. Turning? If I'm honest, I've always been a lazty git. How much I could have achievbed with a little more diligence.
For someone as lethargic as me, the Franconian Anstich Fest on Saturday was perfect, being just around the corner, at Butcher's Tears. The closest brewery to my house by quite a way. Not that I would have missed a chance to drink gravity-served Franconian beer. A rarre treat. I'd even have endured the tourist hell that is the city centre for some of that lovely Franconian stuff.
Persuading Dolores to tag along was easy enough. "None of that weird modern stuff, just proper drinking beer." I guaranteed her. I know the sort of stuff she likes. And it isn't beer that looks like orange juice.
Just half an after kickoff, we turned up. Which meant we got seats. A little later and we'd have struggled. Heartening, as I wanted the event to be a success. Because then it might be repeated. And I could slurp back more of that lovely German beer.
No dicsussion about where to start: Monchsambacher Lagerbier. I've only had it once before and it blew me away. And that was after several days drinking top-class Franconian beer. Big one for me, small one for Dolores. It didn't disappoint.
Gradl Leupser Dunkel next. Man, what a lovely drinking beer. It did that suicidal thing where it threw itself down my throat before I could stop it. Best have another just to make sure of it delightfulness.
"What do youi fancy next, Dolores?"
It's Schlenkerla Helles. "You do realise that's a smoked beer?" I warn.
"It's not really smoky. Just a tiny little bit."
Graham Povery confirmed its very slight smokiness. I'm not sure believed me. Dolores took his word for it and got a half..
"See, not really smoky, is it?"
"No, not like that horrible bacon beer." Praise indeed.
I finished with another Gradl Dunkel. Such a lovely beer. Not even heard of it before.
A really great little festival. And only €4.50 for a half litre. Early to say this, but it might well be one of the highlights of my year.
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