Saturday, November 01, 2008
Sleeping Over the Brewery
During our time in Bamberg we were guests of Brauereigasthof Fassla at 19-21 Obere Konigstrasse. The clean and comfortable rooms are just one floor above Fassla’s tavern and the brewing operation, making it very easy to have a quick nightcap.
The Bamberg Tourism & Congress Service and the German Tourism Board made a great choice in recommending the hotel. The location is a quick walk from Bamberg’s rail station and it is an easy stroll to most Bamberg breweries and historic sites.
Fassla is popular with the locals and offers a good range of beers. I had the Fassla Zwergla, a Marzen style beer, the first night at the hotel. It was a reddish-colored beer with a good level of malt. On the second evening I arrived back at the hotel in the middle of the launch of Bambergator, an 8.5 percent bock beer.
When Bamberg brewers release their special seasonal beers crowds show up to join the celebration. There was a line waiting to get into Fassla, but once in the crowd was manageable and not packed in too tightly. The Bambergator is amber brown, with a fruity sweet flavor. There is a clear hint of alcohol and a slight roasted note to the brew. It marked a perfect finish to two days of tasting beer around Bamberg.