First stop was Cafe Abseits for some warmup beers. The Beer of the Month was Hummel Kellerbier from Merkendorf -- where we were heading -- but I figured it was worth trying here in case the brewery was closed. We also had the ever great Mönchambacher Lager from Brauerei Zehender and the Huppendorfer Vollbier from Brauerei Grasser.
|Hummel Kellerbier and Mönchambacher Lager|
|Drei Kronen Lager, Keller-pils and Stöffla|
A few kilometers down the road (and up a small hill) is the village on Merkendorf, also home to two breweries, Brauerei Wagner and Brauerei Hummel. I knew Wagner was closed for summer hoildays so we were hoping that Hummel would be open, and they were.
|Fridays in front of Hummel|
They had three beers on draft, Kellerbier, Pils and something called Cowboy Schwartzbier. So we ordered one of each.
|Cowboy Schwartzbier, Pils and Kellerbier|
The Pils was the best of the bunch. The Kellerbier we'd had earlier at Cafe Abseits was actually better -- this one had a bit of diacetyl -- which I should mention is not uncommon in the summer months. Because beer demand is up, many breweries reduce the amount of time they cold condition the beer ("lagering" we'd call it) and this shorter time can increase the amount of diacetyl. For you non-beer-geeky readers, diacetyl mostly comes across as a buttery taste in the beer. It is appropriate for some styles (mainly British Ales).
The Cowboy Schwartzbier wasn't anything special -- it really tasted like the kellerbier with color beer added.
Hummel brews a pretty wide range of beers and had another 5 varieties available in bottles, including a Weizenbock. I've enjoyed this beer when I've had it, but it is not a good beer to drink when doing a bike ride on a warm day.
|Beer menu at Brauerei Hummel|
Distance ridden: 30 km