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Archive for January 17th, 2011

A long hot shower and a fresh shirt does wonders for me, and at eight we were at the front door, ready to venture out again. We set out for the Nikolaivirtel again, the restored old quarter right in the middle of town.

I had plans to visit Zum Nußbaum, one of the old inns restored in the final years of the DDR.

Well, we should not have bothered. I didn’t think  a reservation was necessary during the first weekend of January, but I was mistaken. A very Stasi Prussian lady informed us that they were full, and she had absolutely no intention of squeezing us in, finding us seats at the bar or recommending anywhere else.

OK. We were 100 yards away from a micro brewery anyway, so there was no reason to cry.

The Georgenbrau will probably never win any awards for its beers. It occupies an amazing spot on the bank of the river Spree, and on Sunny days there is a large crowd in front. No need to really try to improve?

Not too many customers tonight, though, but there is both beer and food to be had, so we give it a try.

A combo platter of smoked pigs knuckle, cabbage, beer and a Bierbrand schnapps is a reasonable 10 Euro. This was certainly not Haute cuisine, but it did the trick. Speedy service, too. The beer? A Dunkel and a Helles, both rather mundane.

Georgenbrau brewing vessel

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