We had good luck on all our connection and arrived in Bamberg about 11:30am. We went to our hotel for the night, Hotel Anders (formerly the Alte Post) and dropped our bags as the rooms were not ready. I can recommend this hotel. Their web site is www.andres-hotel.de
Then it was over to Spezial for lunch and a beer.
We all started off with the regular Lager. Delicious as usual.
We had a few more Lagers and managed to kill a couple hours and soon it was time go back to the hotel to check in.
After getting settled, we decided to head to Schlenkerla. Jet lag was setting in but over the years I've noticed that Schlenkerla has amazing restorative powers.
One of the tables in the Schwemm was empty so we settled in. First up was the Märzen (the standard lager there). One of the downsides of visiting Bamberg so often is this beer loses it first sip impact. We you only come once a year or ever other year your mouth forgets how smokey this beer is and the first sip is a giant wake-up call to your tastebuds. I had last had it in June, so the memory was still fresh. The beer was its usual wonderful self.
Some local friends stopped by and what started out to be just a couple of beers turned into three more Märzens before we left. A good start to the arrival day.