Meantime Extra Dry Stout

Publicity photo of meantime coffee stout

After a vis­it to the Green­wich Union, I can con­firm that Mean­time’s sea­son­al “Extra Dry Stout” isn’t all that excit­ing, as Stonch has already said. It was too fizzy on the tongue, and a lit­tle thin-bod­ied.

I fol­lowed it up with a bot­tle of cof­fee stout, which has always been, and remains, incred­i­ble. They’d run out of choco­late stout, but there were enough choco­late flavours in this to do the job for me. Smooth, chewy, bit­ter.… just per­fect. And Cooper’s Aus­tralian “Best Extra Stout” was just slight­ly bet­ter again. The extra 1.5/2% alco­hol – they’re both just over 6%, while the dry stout is 4.5% – and the extra body real­ly makes a dif­fer­ence in their impact.

But I trust Alas­tair Hook to get it right. I think we can expect to see the recipe tin­kered with for some time to come. Meantime’s wheat beer was pret­ty dull at first, but has evolved into a thing of beau­ty (espe­cial­ly in its strong 6.5% grand cru incar­na­tion).

I also sus­pect that we’ll see a “Taste the Dif­fer­ence” stout in Sainsbury’s in the next year or so, based on this recipe.

Nice places to drink in Regensburg, East Bavaria

Kneitinger Bock

Regens­burg is one of my favourite cities. It’s beau­ti­ful (a medieval bridge and town cen­tre span­ning the Danube) with an odd­ly “Latin” feel. Appar­ent­ly it’s known as “the north­ern­most city of Italy”, which could be because of the mild cli­mate, the Ital­ian-style archi­tec­ture, or per­haps the hun­dreds of Ital­ian restau­rants and ice-cream cafes.

One thing that is res­olute­ly Ger­man, how­ev­er, is the avail­abil­i­ty of fan­tas­tic beer. There are three brew­eries in town – Spi­tal, Bishof­shof and Kneitinger – plus lots of local pro­duc­ers with out­lets in town. There are hun­dreds, if not thou­sands of places to drink, so these sug­ges­tions are not sup­posed to be exhaus­tive – just enough for a taster. See link below for a Google map of the area.

Spi­tal­gar­ten

A large beer gar­den on one of Regensburg’s islands, serv­ing, unsur­pris­ing­ly, Spi­tal­brau. Helles and Weizen very nice, but the pils is out­stand­ing – very dis­tinct hop flavour and aro­ma, which dis­tin­guish­es it from oth­er beers of this style.

There’s anoth­er beer gar­den, “Alte Linde”, slight­ly clos­er to the town cen­tre, which all the guide­books rate. They serve Kneitinger.

Kneitinger

The brew­ery and pub are con­nect­ed; the pub itself has sev­er­al sec­tions, from a rough and ready beer hall to a more upmar­ket restau­rant area. It’s an inter­est­ing build­ing – pre­sum­ably it was once a sta­ble or some­thing sim­i­lar, as the floor of the “beer hall” bit is cob­bles. Kneitinger do an Edelpils, a Dunkel, and a Bock.

The Bock is some­thing spe­cial – it’s dark, rich and choco­latey, and they’re jus­ti­fi­ably proud of it. It’s fea­tured in Michael “The Beer­hunter” Jackson’s Great Beer Guide. Ama­zon link

Bishof­shof

You can drink Bishof­shof with­in the Bishof­shof (Bishop’s Palace) itself. We also found a love­ly qui­et beer gar­den just round the cor­ner from Kneitinger which had the full Bischof­shof range togeth­er with Wel­tenberg­er Kloster­brau (the two brew­eries are relat­ed, though I don’t know who owns who). Wel­tenberg­er Barock-Dunkel and Dun­kle-Weiss both make it into Michael Jackson’s 500.

Fuer­stlich­es Brauhaus

This seems to be a spin-off from Thurn und Taxis, a brew­ery which used to be based in Regens­burg. They brew their own on the premis­es and also stock the full T&T range. Nice airey beer hall, with a pic­turesque beer gar­den set in the T&T cas­tle grounds.

Zum Augustin­er

A beer hall and gar­den stock­ing Thurn & Taxis.

Links

Google Map of Regens­burg with these pubs marked

Spi­tal, includ­ing cheesy pic­ture from Spi­tal beer gar­den – check out the vir­tu­al brew­ery tour!

Kneitinger (in Ger­man)

Bischof­shof (in Ger­man)

Wel­tenburg­er Kloster (in Ger­man)

 

Wik­i­trav­el – Regens­burg

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