Monday, 15 May 2017

A Wednesday Night In Munich

It's only been a couple of months since Sammie and I were in Munich but I decided to take a quick solo trip to get away for a few nights.

I arrived in Munich on Wednesday evening, through possibly the most efficient passport control system ever and decided to seek out Airbräu, a brewpub located just outside of Terminal 1 at Munich Airport. I didn't see much inside, but had a rather large beer garden that I imagine gets really busy at the height of the summer; the weather was nice so I sat outside and ordered a half litre of Fliegerquell, an unfiltered Helles. Since this was at an airport, I expected it to just be somewhat of a gimmick, with shit beers that tourists will neck down but I was pleasantly surprised. It was fresh, clean, grassy hops, a little citrus, and really bloody nice.

Next I checked into my hostel and decided to head to the rather trendy Schwabing district in search of a couple of pubs I wanted to check out.

First I went to an international bar called Keg Bar. If, in the UK you'd open a pub called "keg bar" we'd all see it as a hilarious imitation craft beer bar but this was anything but; it just just a bar trying to be a bar. It was large, underground, and kind of dark. It shows sports and had a bar billiards table that was under a cover and unused. The menus were all in English and amusingly they had Meantime London Pale Ale on keg as well as Aspall and Guinness. Only one German craft beer was on keg, which was the locally brewed Crew Republic Munich Easy IPA, but I wasn't here for craft beer, I was here for the €2,50 Tegernsee Helles happy hour because it's one of my favourite lagers and I'd never seen it that cheap! I sunk about six pints of this chilled, but not cold, frothy lager of beauty, and ate a burger before heading off.

I had originally gone in search of Schwabinger7, a legendary dive bar but discovered I was an hour too early so I popped to a kiosk for a bottle of Augustiner Helles and sat on a bench drinking it because I'm classy. I then noticed a bench at Trumpf oder Kritisch across the road free up so I went and had two pints of Augustiner Helles outside of this impressively hipster bar whose menu was printed on a broadsheet newspaper!

I then saw that Schwabinger7 was open across the road, so I went in and downstairs to this filthy dungeon, perched myself at the bar and had a quick pint of Lowenbrau which is probably the worst of all the Munich big six.
Even as soon as it opened, the atmosphere was great, with a varied music selection that switched between techno, metal and pop.

I finished my beer and headed to Red Hot which despite its name, was not a strip club, and in fact an American style BBQ and craft beer joint. I didn't eat here *narrator: he probably should have eaten here*  and just had a drink. There were 7 beers on draught here; four from Stone Berlin, one from Jopen in the Netherlands, Left Hand Milk Stout from Colorado, and a lager (I forget which). All of the beers except the lager were highly irresponsibly strong so I was sensible and opted for a 0.3 of Stone Ruination, a hoppy as fuck, palate wrecking double IPA at 8.5%.

Next stop was the always awesome Weisses Brauhaus for another sensible beer, Schneider Weiss Tap 5 Mein Hopfenweisse, which I've talked about before. I love this beer because the 8.2% is very well hidden in the fruity hoppiness and soft wheaty base.

Now my final (I think) stop of the night, where I vaguely remember going was Raw Metal Bar. I say vaguely because I know that I had google directions saved on my phone the next morning, and I looked at photos of the bar online and remember it somewhat but I was fucked at that point.

The only other thing I really remember was going up an escalator, presumably at the Goetheplatz U Bahn station, drinking a bottle of Augustiner Helles. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Next post on my trip to Stiegl Brewery in Salzburg tomorrow... or some point.

Nate

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