Friday, June 13, 2008

Days of the Beer, June 13

The beer for today is Konig Ludwig Weissbier, Kaltenberg brewery (Schlossbrauerei).

On June
13, 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria is found dead in Lake Starnberg south of Munich. Granted this isn't the beer named for that guy, but it's for his grandfather, Ludwig I.

Ludwig I is the guy who founded Oktoberfest. Wouldn't it be great if you could claim your grandfather was the guy who came up with one of the worlds largest parties?

The guy we are commemorating today is the guy who had several castles in Germany built, including Neuschwanstein castle, Linderhof castle, and the Herrenchiemsee.

Ludwig 2 spent a lot of time with Richard Wagner, and called him "the friend".

As for the beer (not named for him, but his grandfather... the guy who started Oktoberfest) here's a set of tasting notes from the interwebs.

König Ludwig is golden in colour and has a naturally cloudy appearance derived from the special Bavarian Brewers yeast. It has a nice balanced flavour, with malty overtones and an aroma reminiscent of apples and bananas. The stimulating fruity experiences leave you with an unmistakably fruity tingle in the mouth.
Apples and bananas??? So have a beer with fruity aroma, in honor of a fruity king.

(Note: this was one of my favorite beers back when I switched off Miller Lite and Billy Barooz stopped carrying Bells Amber. Then they stopped carrying it on draft and I had to switch to other beers. This beer is great in either Bottle or Draft. DON'T RUIN IT BY PUTTING FRUIT IN IT!!!)

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