While I’ve been in Germany, I’ve mixed up my trips to include mountain biking, “architectural touring,” and beer-related trips. When I can combine the three of them, that makes for a great outing. Three times before I’ve been to the brewery AND the monastery: Ettal, Zwiefalten, and Weltenburg. This trip combined two of the three — architecture with beer.
Since November, I’ve visited eight different German monasteries/abbeys: Andechs, Bebenhausen, Ettal, Irsee, Maulbronn, Ottobeuren, Weltenburg, and Zwiefalten. Six of these are still producing beers as part of their livelihood. Today I visited three of these (Ottobeuren, Irsee, and Andechs), and I had a brew from two of them — Andechs and Irsee.
I have to say, hands down, I enjoyed the time I spent at Irsee a lot more than I did at Andechs. Andechs was a lot more commercialized than Irsee — it was very comfortable at Irsee … and the beer was amazingly good.
Today I had the Irseer Klosterbrau UrDunkel. Very nice! Oh, and you can see by the picture below that it was another successful trip … my wife must be getting tired of all the glasses I’m sending home! Ha!