But what this does, is get me thinking about German beer. Well, first, I am of course thinking about whether I will even fit into my Dirndl after the winter, and in line with that, whether I'm really ready to just jump into the season of beer... it might be better to first prepare myself with a healthy cleanse, right?
Anyway, I've already posted on Munich beer, but what I haven't written about is the elusive Keller Bier. Okay, maybe it's not that rare, but it's not found everywhere in Munich.
Keller Bier is a type of German beer that is not clarified or pasteurized, hence it's cloudy color. It translates literally to "cellar beer", which refers to the brewing process, and probably to it's heritage in the Middle Ages, when they had them in barrels down in the cellar. Even today, the beer is often served directly from the barrel, in stoneware mugs. It's a truly unprocessed, "organic" beer.
It's definitely worth trying a Keller Bier if you see it on a menu. It might be a bit less fizzy than you are expecting, and it's usually rather dry and hoppy for a German beer.
If you want to try a Keller Bier when visiting Munich, I know they serve them at the Cafe am Beethovenplatz, which is incidentally a nice place for dinner or brunch, given the beautiful courtyard and live jazz music (not always, but often). Don't expect to be wowed by the food though... it's decent, but pretty standard fare. The brunch menu, however, is quite extensive.
Cafe am Beethovenplatz