Thursday, January 15, 2009

Thursday, 15 January 2009: Stuttgart

Yesterday: Söflingen, Dellmensingen, and Ravensburg

We're not flying home until tomorrow, but we decided to come to Stuttgart today to give Paris a day away from work. The 2½ hour train ride didn't seem that long, but I think I slept part of the way.

We checked into the centrally-located Hotel Ketterer in the Fußgängerzone, near the Stadtmitte S-Bahn stop. I say it's centrally-located because you could almost throw a blanket over the hotel and three brewpubs together.

Three brewpubs in Stuttgart-Mitte

The first stop was Sophie's Brauhaus, just down the street from the hotel. It's on the second floor (or first, depending on how you're counting) of the building, and it's decorated in a dark, wooden, Victorian style. Very nice. The Flammkuchen was excellent, and the beers were drinkable.

Sophie's Brauhaus, Stuttgart

Sophie's Hefeweissbier

Sophie's Schwarzbier

Sophie's Hausbier

TÜ8 is just a couple of blocks away. This brewery supplies three restaurants that are (more-or-less) in the same building: Hacienda, Spaghettisssimo, and 's Mäxle. We chose the latter for dinner, a good choice, as we were met with massive plates full of Schnitzel and Spätzle. There were only two beers on tap here this time, but the Weizen was well worth it.

TÜ8, Stuttgart

TÜ8 Hefe Weizen

TÜ8 Pils Naturtrüb

So full we could barely walk, we made our way through the Fußgängerzone to Calwer-Eck-Bräu. This one's also located upstairs, and it's also decorated in lots of 19th-century dark wood. The food looked and smelled fantastic, and the portions were at least as big as TÜ8's, but we couldn't bring ourselves to eat any more. We did try all of the beers, served by a very helpful and knowledgeable bartender.

Calwer-Eck-Bräu, Stuttgart

Calwer-Eck Weihnachtsbier

Calwer-Eck Helles Hefeweizen

Calwer-Eck Naturtrübes Pils

Calwer-Eck Braumeisterbier

Back at the hotel, we took our nightcap from the minibar: the aptly-named Ketterer Pilsener

Ketterer Pilsener

Tomorrow: Home


Richard Stueven said...

"Home on Friday" involved waking up at 6:30am in Stuttgart, flying to Amsterdam, to Memphis, and to Omaha, then driving to Columbus. Everything ran like clockwork, and we got home about 10:30pm.

Anonymous said...

nice trip ..