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Our Fall Beer Road Trip: Beer, Bratwurst and Beyond…
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Living the Good Life Along the Bavarian Beer Trail – October 5-14, 2015

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Magnificent Brews, Slow Food and Extraordinary Cultural Highlights in Germany

— Offered in Cooperation with the Pink Boots Society 

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Travel Deliciously

A different kind of Beer Tour. Go straight to the beating heart of Europe’s beer country and experience the enchanting world of beer and brewing behind the scenes. Quaff your way from brewery to tap to beer cellar and experience the pleasures of the local table. Meet pioneering women brewers and craft beer artisans. Enjoy a traditional fall Kirchweih festival and rock to live folk music under the Bavarian sky. Trek from brewery to brewery on a beer expedition through Franconia. An insider’s expedition, packed with unforgettable experiences.
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Beer With Passion and Pride

Explore rare beer destinations and sample award-winning beers. Bypass the industrial breweries and scout out family-run breweries that have been in business for 400 years. Meet innovative New Wave beer-makers. Heft a mug of Zoigl beer (the real one!), quaff Kellerbier, outrageous Bocks, copper Lagers and very un-German IPAs. Connect with the brewers, hear their stories. Learn the secrets of a craft well executed and a life well lived. Experience Germany as never before as you delve into the taste, history and culture of beer.
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Food, History and Culture

Experience one-of-a-kind food destinations, art, history and cultural highlights. Meet a master butcher and learn how to make Bratwurst in his workshop.  Explore traditional German cuisine and enjoy a private visit to a farm-based cheesemaker and a local trout farm. Soak up the beauty of UNESCO World Heritage city Bamberg with its Medieval and Renaissance landmarks and unforgettable beer. Bask in the enchantment of the Bavarian countryside. Immerse yourself in good times, great food moments, amazing art and history!
Treasures of Europe is proud to lead the field with our Fall Beer and Brewing Road Trip — it’s the first German beer tour to spotlight traditional regional and private breweries, pioneering women brewers, the vibrant new craft beer scene and the first to include a special focus on Slow Food. An unbeatable value for your travel dollar. We’re super-excited that the Pink Boots Society is joining hands with us to offer this one-of-a-kind tour. PBS is the largest professional association of women in the beer and brewing industry. 
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Highlights

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  • 9 nights/ 10 days
  • Hotel for 9 nights; daily breakfast and welcome dinner
  • Ground travel by coach with private driver, including airport transfers and transportation of your luggage; taxes, parking and road-use fees
  • Tour prep materials
  • Full itinerary, including brewery sessions, meetings with beer makers and visits to taps and beer cellars
  • Private Bratwurst workshop, trout farm and family cheese making workshop
  • Zoigl brewhouse visit, brewery treks, meeting with Germany’s last nun brewer and tours of two abbey breweries, private tour of Bamberg, optional tour of Munich
  • You’ll have the opportunity to taste an immense variety of BOOKANDSAVEDUPE2 beers at your own pace, including traditional lights and darks, Rauchbier, abbey beers, Zoigl beer, Bocks, Kellerbier, wheat beers and new craft brews, such as German IPAs, Gruit, cannabis beer and other new creations. Many of the beers you’ll experience are only available in Germany and some of them are only available at the brewery
  • Private guide/sherpa, ongoing support and help with translation throughout the trip
GET INSPIRED
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SPOTLIGHT ON… Under-the Radar Regional Breweries Including small family-owned breweries, abbey beers, award-winning house breweries and local brew pubs. ⇒More

SPOTLIGHT ON… Ladies Who Lager Including the beer-brewing nun Sister Doris and the Meinel sisters who are rocking the Bavarian brewing scene with their amazing new-generation beers. ⇒More

SPOTLIGHT ON… Germany’s New Craft Beer Scene Gänstaller, Hertl and other pioneering craft brewers who are experimenting with new yeasts, different kinds of hops and innovative techniques. ⇒More

SPOTLIGHT ON… Authentic Local Beer-Related Events Including a once-a-year Fall village harvest festival with local food, live music and beery festivities. Itinerary

SPOTLIGHT ON… Slow Food, Local Specialties and Eats That Pair With Beer Including an exclusive sausage seminar with the Bratwurst King of Bavaria. ⇒More

SPOTLIGHT ON… Cultural and Historical Treasures The UNESCO World Heritage city Bamberg… Cosmopolitan Munich… And fascinating Mödlareuth, the village that was split in the middle by the Wall during the Cold War. Itinerary 
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Price: $3200 per person
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Save $100. Book by the End of June and Pay Only $3100.
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The tour starts and ends in Frankfurt. The price is based on double occupancy. Single rooms are available for a surcharge of $345. Would you like to share a double room? Let us know if you’re interested and we’ll look for a simpatico fellow traveler who would like to share. Your hotel for the last night before you return and the trip to the airport are included, so you won’t have to scramble to find a place to stay or worry about dealing with taxis or shuttles in the morning before your return flight.

 

The Itinerary: Day by Day at a Glance
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Day 1  Rendezvous at Frankfurt airport. Then wend your way southward through Bavaria to Munich, south Germany’s Capitol of Cool. Welcome gathering at the Association of Family Brewers in Germany, followed by a private walking tour of Munich. Toast the start of a great beer vacation with the local brew at the Weisses Brauhaus and enjoy your first meal of the trip.

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Day 2  Munich is dominated by six breweries, including Augustiner, Hofbräu and Franziskaner, that produce beer on a massive industrial scale. It’s good beer. But it’s not great great beer. Lucky for craft beer-lovers, Munich is slowly developing an alt-beer culture that is spreading across the city in the shadow of the giants. We’ll steer clear of the megabrews and focus on Munich’s flavorful alternatives — they’re barely known outside the country. We’ll be visiting the upstart Crew Republic brewery, which has developed a loyal local following. Time permitting, we’ll stop at the outdoor “Victuals Market” (Viktualienmarkt) where you can compose your own Slow Food picnic from local and regional farm products, fruit, charcuterie, regional cheeses and sausage. In the afternoon: the Brauerei im Eiswerk, where two beer-makers set up shop in a 19th-century ice-making plant. We’ll continue the trek with stops at a series of neighborhood taps that are part of Munich’s “Beer Islands” movement, a loose association of bars that are keeping the craft beer torch burning in a city where Big Beer is king.
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Day 3  Enjoy a yeoman breakfast at the hotel and then it’s a morning of freestyling in this beautiful, invigorating city. Explore Munich on your own by foot. For the art-interested among us, we recommend one of the city’s stellar museums, such as the Lenbachhaus, Neue Pinakothek or the Alte Pinakothek. Learn about the rise of the Nazi movement and life in the city under Hitler at The Munich City Museum. There are many other options, too. We’ll help you find one you like. Say Auf Wiedersehen to Munich in the afternoon. You’re headed toward the Danube and Beer awesomeness is ahead! We’ll wend our way to the North through Central Bavaria and make our next stop at Kloster Weltenburg (Weltenburg Abbey), Germany’s oldest monastic brewery, which has been operating since 1050. Private tour followed by beer and dinner in the abbey tap. We will stay in the abbey tonight.
 
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Day 4  Start the day with a traditional Benedictine morning prayer service in the abbey church (optional). Then shift gears and enjoy an insider’s tour of the abbey brewery, which started making beer in 1050. We hope the tour will be led by brewmaster Wolfram Seebauer. His beers have won gold at the European Beer Star awards and are highly prized. Later in the day after a ride to Mallersdorf in the Bavarian hinterlands, you’ll meet Sister Doris the last beer-brewing nun remaining in Germany. She’s boss! Hear her stories, experience the brewery where she holds forth and sample the marvelous beer she produces for the nuns and visitors. Toast the day with one of Sister Doris’s exquisite creations, a Klosterbier or a Zoigl.  After a short ride, decamp to the medieval walled city Berching, which is very walkable and loaded with charm. The original Medieval city wall is intact. Overnight in a brewery inn.
 
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Day 5  Meet the brewmaster and enjoy a private tour through the Winkler brewery, which the family has operated by 1826. The Winklers turn out a variety of brews characteristic of the region, including a Helles,  an award-winning Dunkles, a stronger version called Bärentrunk, Bocks and wheat beers. We’ll switch into Slow Food mode in nearby Pilsach, where we’ll be hosted by a farm family engaged in cottage-based trout-farming that supplies village markets in the area with fresh and smoked fish. They also operate a cheese cellar on the farm, turning out hard and semi-soft cheeses, joghurt and fresh curds. The final beer stop of the day will be at Lammsbräu, a pioneering — and very successful — brewery with a serious commitment to conservation and alternative energy use, where we’ll meet Susanne Horn who helps run the company. You’ll enjoy another night in a brewery-based inn. This one is in the fabled village of Aufsess, which has four breweries to its name.
 
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Day 6  We’ll be freestyling this morning and you’ll have space to chill, explore the village by foot, visit two traditional regional breweries on your own or choose one of the activities we have planned for the morning. Option one is a visit to a real, honest-to-goodness castle that dates to the 1100s, which is the residence of Count Otto Philipp Schenk von Stauffenberg. It’s a rare opportunity to get a look at an authentic, un-Disneyfied castle from the Middle Ages. And who knows? Maybe we’ll meet the count. If you grew up with and love Levi Jeans, as many people do, the second option for the morning will be something of a pilgrimage for you. We’ll be visiting the birthplace of Levi Strauss in nearby Buttenheim, an old half-timbered house where he lived with his family, which doubles as a fascinating museum tracing the family’s history and the evolution of Levi Jeans. More beer awesomeness awaits you this afternoon, as we settle in to party mode at a traditional Franconian Kirchweih festival with a decorated may pole, dancing, local music, piles of food and lots of beer.
 
Day 7  We’ll wend our way eastward and start the day with up-and-coming master brewer Yvonne Wernlein, who operates the family-owned Haberstumpf Brewery in Trebgast. With a history that stretches back to 1531, water pumped from a deep well right below the brewery and ingredients sourced from the region, Haberstumpf gives new meaning to the “brew local, drink local-” mantra. After that, it’s off to the village of Mödlareuth, a Cold War icon on the former border that was split down the middle by the Wall during the Cold War. Our hosts at the next stop, in the town of Hof, are master brewers Gisi and Moni Meinel, who have joined hands with Yvonne Wernlein and another brewer Isabella Straub to create a new line of craft beers for women that have shaken the industry. You’ll hear about the family brewery, which has been in the family for 13 generations and have a chance to taste their brews. We’ll finish the day with a visit to a Zoigl brewhouse in the Mitterteich area, sampling this luscious, communally-brewed beer that is available in only a few towns in the upper corner of Bavaria. Beware! There are many Zoigl wannabes, but you’ll be tasting the real deal and unlocking the Zoigl experience in the region where it was born. 
 

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Day 8  Fancy some craft bratwurst with your craft beer? We’ll explore the solar-powered Kundmüller family brewery with Oswald Kundmüller, who crafts his award-winning Landbier, Urstöffla and bocks with exquisite care and has won a pile of European Beer Star awards. Around the middle of the day, we’ll shift gears for a totally different and rare experience — a private visit to a craft butcher shop in the Franconian countryside, hosted by master butcher Jürgen Reck, who was voted “Bratwurst King” of Bavaria. He will lead the group step by step through a hands-on sausage seminar (vegetarians can watch). Other stops include a visit with unstoppable David Hertl, the “mad” garage brewer of Franconia, and a session with Andreas Gänstaller, the rocking-est brewer in Franconia. He makes a to-die-for Baltic Porter and a smoked Doppelbock called Affumicator, among many others. You’ll be staying in Bamberg tonight. It’s the capitol of beer and brewing in Franconia and you’ll have lots of beers to choose from.
 
Day 9  We’re off to the beautiful hillside country of Franconia today, with stops in Weissenohe, Hohenschwärz and Gräfenberg for visits at three small-scale breweries operated by women — Elfriede Hofmann, Sigi and Bärbel Friedmann and Irene Brehmer-Stockum. They’re known for their wheats, Landbier, session beers, Festbier and spritzy blondes. The Weissenohe Abbey brewery turns out a dry-hopped GreenMONKey which uses four kinds of hops. They’ve also fielded a hemp beer (“Cannabis Club”) and other creations, including a Gruit, a bottom-fermented spice beer-cum.aperitif, and an unusual Zwickel Pils. Sample the beers and meet the brewers! In addtion to beer, there’s major snout-to-tail eating in store as well when we sit down for lunch at one of the brewery taps. Choices include Pressack, local carp, Obatzer cheese, pork shank in dark beer sauce, headcheese and many other delights. There are also options for vegetarians! We’ll be back in Bamberg for the last night of the tour.
 
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Day 10  A final toast to the tour and then it’s checkout time. We’ll get an early start to Frankfurt for your return flight, later in the day.  No need to bother with shuttles, taxis or busses — the trip to the airport is included and we’ll get you there in plenty of time for your flight. Auf Wiedersehen!

A Special Word About The Tour…
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We think beer and food are two of the most gratifying passions a human being can engage in. They satisfy something very primal. But they’re about much more than what you drink or eat. They’re about nourishment and sensory engagement. Delight, myth and mystery.
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Beer and food are also about people. About conversation and good times. They’re cultural markers, and they give you a sense of place like nothing else. History is recorded in the food we eat and the beer we drink. Search for the past and you’re likely to find it around the table with friends.
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This beer tour is for you: You may be new to the world of brewing, beer and culinary travel. Or if you’re already experienced, you may want to taste new discoveries and explore beer and cuisine in greater depth.
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Whether you’re new to beer… Or whether you’re a beer geek, brewer, Slow Food enthusiast, somm or a craft beer fan… A chef, locavore, farmer or cultural traveler — Join us this fall! Experience beer, brewing and local food as part of life and take part in the celebration.
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Essentials
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Included

  • Advance materials to help you get road-ready;
  • Airport transfers;
  • Guide and private driver, including ground transportation for group activities and transportation of your luggage;
  • Hotel for nine nights;
  • 8 meals (daily breakfast) and eats included with tastings;
  • Full itinerary, including Munich, Berching, Mallersdorf, Weltenburg, Bamberg, Leutenbach, Hof, and Heiligenstadt
  • Walking tours, including. Bamberg, Munich and Mödlareuth;
  • Fall Festival (Kirchweih);
  • Three abbey visits;
  • Brewery/Tap visits and meetings with brewers;
  • Tastings offered by hosts;
  • Zoigl brewhouse visit;
  • Franconia brewery trek;
  • Bratwurst seminar and cheesemaker visit;
  • Translation and technical support;
  • All parking, taxes and road-use fees

Hotels

Our travelers love our hotel picks. We skip the chains and zero in on local hotels, inns and guesthouses — most of them family-owned and family-run. Many of the hotels we select for our trips are historically or architecturally significant. Accommodations for this trip include a monastery, country inns and brewery guesthouses. Your room includes a private bath. For updates and more info, click the “Hotels” Button.

Flights

Travelers make their own air reservations and cover these costs. The tour starts and ends in Frankfurt.  Since the trip is during shoulder season, you will benefit from lower fares. You should definitely consult with us before locking in to a flight. We coordinate pick-ups at the airport and want to insure that all the arrival times mesh with the tour. Do you have a question about flights? Feel free to get in touch.

Ground Travel

We will be traveling in a comfortable, immaculate, late-model coach with our own driver. We’ll be visiting breweries, sipping and sampling every day. Don’t worry — our driver will not. He’ll keep a firm hand on the wheel and make sure we make the appointed rounds.

Itinerary

This is an active tour with a range of encounters, guided visits, tours, discussions, hands-on experiences and opportunities to taste beer and sample local food. We wouldn’t have it any other way. “Man/Woman does not live by beer alone,” so we’re also building in non-beer options. Read the short version of our itinerary above for an overall impression. When you have time, be sure to take a look at the detailed itinerary here, or by clicking on the “Detailed Itinerary” Button.

Reserve

Reserve now — Don’t wait. Unlike large tour companies who can expand to meet demand, our tours are exclusive and the group size is limited. We will do our level best to get you aboard, but please send us your reservation as early as possible. Book by June 15 and you’ll get a generous price break. It’s easy and quick. Reserve online here. Or click on the “Reserve” Button. Questions? Email us at info@treasuresofeuropetours.com, or click the “Contact Us” button.