(1) What are your suggestions for beer-related (and even non beer-related) day trips from Mainz, Heidelberg and Bamberg? They have to be do-able by public transport. We don’t mind a bit of a walk.
(2) Has anyone else experienced unwillingness to sell you a small beer, even when it’s being served on tap? I’ve seen it more in southern Bavaria and Munich than in Franconia, but on a few occasions I’ve been told they only serve in half litres, and on one occasion (at a beer festival) that they only serve in litres. Is this because we’re obviously gullible tourists, or is there some other reason for this, and has anyone had any luck in convincing them otherwise? What’s German for “My government recommends that as a woman I only drink 2-3 units a day and therefore I can’t possible manage a litre?”
(3) Does anyone know what a Haarschnitt (?) is in relation to beer? We had a very confusing conversation with someone in Munich where they explained that they could only serve beer with a Haarschnitt. My guess from context is it means they give you a small portion in a big glass with a massive head, but I’d welcome clarification.
(4) Are there any common beer or pub-related pitfalls / cultural faux pas that we might not be aware of? We now know to look extra hard for Stammtisch signs but we’re embarrassed to think we’d been merrily sitting at them unawares…