With that we called it a night. Our "Sticke-less"Sticke night.
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
After a bit, the events of the day took their toll and we decided to reconvene in the morning. But on the way back to the hotel, an obligatory Killepitsch
Last year Deutche Bahn cost me a day of drinking in Bamberg. This year it was an afternoon in Düsseldorf. Of the five past Sticke trips we've had major problems on the stretch at least 3 and maybe 4 times. In theory they will refund half our fare but they can't refund the lost time.
They had sea trout on the menu, which sounded good. Didn't expect it to be battered and friend but it was delicious.
I decided to have a liquid dessert, which strangely enough, tasted a lot like my appetizer.
We had reserved a table at 6pm but by 5:30 I was a bit bored so I headed down and found most of the gang a beer ahead of me.
After dithering a bit I went with an old favorite, Schnitzel Cordon Bleu
After a few more beers we called it a night as we had an early-ish train in the morning., But first we had a round of Sieben Hügel, the local herbal liqueur as our farewell to Bamberg
Sunday, December 11, 2022
We headed down to Hopfenhaus. the taproom for the Brauerei Hopfengarten. They are a very small brewery in the Gärtnerstadt. They are connected to the family that owns one of the remaining commercial gardens in Bamberg. They are know for making "infusions" with products from their commercial gardens. People know know me know I like "beer flavored beer" but their creations are interesting and worth trying. The also grow the hops used for dry/wet hopped beers.
As is our tradition, we caught a 10:00am bus to Merkendorf, home of two good breweries, Wagner and Hummel. There is limited service to Merkendorf so the 10am bus is really the only one that works.
Half an hour later we are at Brauerei Wagner.