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Weyermann Malting 125th Anniversary Party
All professional brewers and most home/hobby brewers around the world know the name Weyermann Malting. Based in a cluster of historic red brick buildings a stone’s throw from the train station in Bamberg they have been supplying malt and specialty grains to brewers for a very, very long time. .
In this day of faceless corporations Weyermann Malting is unusual because it is family owned and operated. Sabine Weyermann (and her husband Thomas Kraus-Weyermann) runs the company and she and her family live on the grounds. The personal touch is very important to them so when I recently attended the company’s 125 th year anniversary party it was no surprise to be greeted by the young Weyermann daughter on arrival. I felt like a family friend invited to the Weyermann home for a Sunday picnic.
There were tables set up under shade trees, a bandstand with a Bavarian-costumed band providing music, barbeques grilling bratwurst, loads of other food (my favorite was the smoked trout), an ice cream truck to help fill any empty corners, and, of course, beer. Some of the beers were provided by other breweries but the most interesting beers were brewed by the Weyermann brewer Norbert Kalb on their own pilot/demonstration brew system (a Kaspar Shultz system).
He brewed a very good Bavarian wheat beer, an unusual brown beer named “the little chimney sweep” (one of their company symbols), and an unfiltered dry stout. For a change in pace they had a very good very dark non-alcoholic beer also made in house. All of these were excellent. It was a very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.
[Note: the malting and roasting facility is very interesting but due to their small staff they do not have public tours.]
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