Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Tuesday, 2 December 2008: Bern

Yesterday: Waldkirch and Riegel

There is snow on the Alps, and there are a few flakes falling here in Bern today. I started the day off by getting lost: I walked right off my map without even leaving the Bern Bahnhof!

The Zytglogge is one of Bern's great landmarks

Brauerei Egger of Worb doesn't have a pub, but their beers are available in Bern at Restaurant Brasserie Anker.

Restaurant Brasserie Anker, Bern

Lunch was an excellent creamy barley soup with bacon, a salad, and pork schnitzel with pasta and mushroom gravy for CHF17.50 ($14.35).

Egger Albertus Dunkel

Egger Galloper

The #21 bus took me north of downtown to Brauerei Felsenau. Their beers are available at the nearby Restaurant Felsenau, on the hill above the brewery.

Restaurant Felsenau, Bern

Felsenau Lager Hell, CHF3.80 / $3.12 for a 10.1-ounce glass

Felsenau Bärner Weizenbier, CHF5.50 / $4.50 for a half-liter bottle

Felsenau Bärni Dunkles Spezialbier, CHF4.90 / $4.00 for an 11.2-ounce bottle

The skies had been cloudy all the time, but they cleared enough this evening that I could catch this nice arrangement of the Moon, Venus, and Jupiter over our hotel.

Moon, Venus, Jupiter

Back in Basel, we met Paris' colleague Marco and his charming wife Paloma for dinner at the Pinguin for beers and dinner (in that order).

Caulier Bon-Secours Bière Vivante!!

Huyghe La Guillotine

des Cimes Yeti

John Martin Gordon's Finest Scotch Highland Ale

Tomorrow: Kenzingen and Lörrach


Anonymous said...

Did you get to keep the bottles?

Richard Stueven said...

I would have liked to keep the bottles, but I didn't have any space for them in my carry-on bag.

Anonymous said...

what i want to know is how you always manage to stay sober.

Brewer said...

who said he stayed sober?

Richard Stueven said...

1) I'm a Trained Professional™.
2) I sleep on the trains.
3) Occasionally, I wake up at the wrong station. When that happens, I have another beer at the station while I wait for a train going the other way.