As I understand it, the Spezial Keller up the hill is the sister's place. The brewery and tap belong to Herr Merz. When the old man died he left the brewery to the son and the Keller up the hill to the daughter, and it has been somewhat a strained relation since. I have to say that the wife and I love both of them.Oh, sorry, I had circled back to talking about Ayinger again. Yes, it was pretty clear the Schlenkerla brewery tour was a very, very special thing. I don't think Sandy made it on that one, which was a shame.The taproom is one thing, getting into the brewery up the hill is another.Yeah, you were on the tour with some folks I know (Sandy and Agatha, you were in some of their facebook posts).
Well, I know I was on the tour. I wasn't that drunk (yet)!QuoteA guy in our club has a picture when he threw a log of Beachwood into the Schlenkerla firebox to smoke the malt. He was on a big tour. Another guy I talked to was in Bamberg last fall and did not get a tour. That guy was Matt Bynildson, he was talking about being there and even asking Herr Trum. I't didn't work. Those Germans like to have things all set up.
True. I'm a little surprised, though, given how brewpub-like the place is.QuoteI have been in the Spezial brewery, bkut that was after 3 or 4 nights there, and another American had a tour set up as he had been there for more than a week. We were able to tag along.A Spezial tour hadn't been arranged for us, but I would have enjoyed that. I did like their tap room, and I loved the biergarten.