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day 20

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

Origin: Brauerei Heller-Trum (Bamberg, Germany)

Style: Rauchbier

ABV: 5.1%

Notes: Schlenkerla is Bamberg’s the Roxy. Similar to this rite of passage in Vancouver that a few NHL’ers and Dave Pratt could attest to, this brewery states that those who don’t go to try the “Original Schlenkerla Smokebeer” cannot claim they’ve been to Bamberg.

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The story behind its name:

Its roots lie within the Frankish vernacular, in which “schlenkern” is an expression for walking not straight – just like a drunken person does. Allegedly one of the former brewers had a funny way of walking due to an accident, or maybe due to the beer, and so he was called the “Schlenkerla” – the little dangler. (a Pavel Datsyuk reference perhaps).

This brewery tavern, situated directly underneath a cathedral, also makes a Lentbeer, served only during Lent (of course) from Ash Wednesday to Easter.

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Brewed according to the Bavarian Purity Law – a 1516 regulation that limited beer production to the use of three ingredients: water, barley and hops

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