Some Bierfests, Ascension, and not really a Bridge Update

Bierfest Stuff

Two weekends ago the Reinheitsgebot turned 500 years old.1 Whether that law is still a good thing, or is worth respecting for its age (versus similar, older laws), is kinda irrelevant, if the weather’s getting nicer and you’re looking for an excuse to party. So, lots of areas of Germany did, including Regensburg.

We missed most of it, returning from a weekend away in Munich to a sad state of affairs on Sunday afternoon, with just one last little stand still open and serving on Kohlenmarkt.

3_Hosenbrüder_sBut this weekend was a long one, for most of us, officially getting Thursday off to go to church and celebrate Christi Himmelfahrt, and tons of people taking the Friday following it as a “bridge day,” allowing a smooth transition to the weekend. This is a good holiday to officially welcome Spring and Summer with your fancy Bavarian clothes, particularly if you’re celebrating Father’s Day. Germans do that on Christi Himmelfahrt, and usually with a lot of booze.

Craft Beer Fest
I can’t even believe how hipster this poster is.

Great day for a Craft Bier Fest then, right? It sure was.

Rickety BenchBefore leaving Stadtamhof, we saw that the new benches lining the street and intended to keep illegal parking2 down to a minimum, were mostly already in use. Oops. Maybe that particular bench had to take one for the team.

On our march across the bridge towards the Craft Bier Fest, we saw that the Spitalgarten was full to bursting. An oompah band was keeping the spirits up while the patrons were doing the same.

The Craft Bier Fest was not a rip-roaring Oktoberfest-style beer bash. True to its name, it featured a wide selection of brewers selling samples: 0,1 L was the typical glass size. The atmosphere was quite mellow, with brewers on hand to answer questions and talk about their ingredients and flavor profiles and stuff like that. We liked it so much that we went both days, Thursday and Friday. Many of the varieties we tried this weekend are available at a local specialty beer shop, apparently (we’ve only window-shopped thus far).

Our favorites:

It was great weather for a little change of beer pace.

Ascension Vatertag Craft Bierfest

There wasn’t much food on offer, surprisingly, but this vendor made a showing:

We were skeptical, but inspired to pull a pork of our own and fire up the grill soon.
We were skeptical, but inspired to pull a pork of our own and fire up the grill soon.

Next BierfestNot enough beer for you? Well, next weekend, there’s more! 500 Years of Reinheitsgebot carries on in a small town out south of Regensburg called Wolkering.


Bridge Update

Sadly, practically nothing new to report. Sarah says they’re still doing something under that tent at the south end of the bridge, and has caught a glimpse once or twice of the bare earth, waiting to be resurfaced with new tiles to match the north end.  Probably the disconnected middle section of auxiliary bridge will eventually be connected to the south section, right?  They look pretty well lined up already.  Unless the south section is to become irrelevant soon.  That would be great.

Straight on there, Mate

Another great thing would be for the thousands of pedestrians each day to not toss their trash into the bridge framework.  It’s filthy.

Bridge Trash

Wish that the rule shown below would apply to the bridge, too.

Halt deine Donau Sauber
The caption under the Sorat Insel Hotel reads:  Halt deine Donau sauber!3

Halt Deine Donau Sauber!

Halt Deine Donau Sauber!


  1. At least, the Bavarian version of that law did. Wikipedia knows more. []
  2. wildparken, compare to wildpinkeln []
  3. Keep your Danube clean! []

3 thoughts on “Some Bierfests, Ascension, and not really a Bridge Update”

  1. Doug Kline

    I am enjoying your updates about the bridge. I have been to your wonderful city a bunch including 2012 and 2015. I think the bridge restoration is taking almost as long as it took to build it.

    Looking forward to hearing about the Dult again. May always gets me thinking about many great visits/stays in Regensburg.

    1. cliff1976

      Thanks Doug!

      I think you are correct: 11 years to build it (back in the 11th century), and restoration has been underway since early 2010. By my layman’s estimate, it’s about half-done:

      • the side ramp down to the Oberer Wöhrd (Müllerstraße) was completed first
      • the north end (leading to Stadtamhof, our neighborhood) was next
      • the south end might be nearing completion (who knows under that tent?)
      • there’s a giant middle chunk of the bridge upon which they have not yet started, as far as I can tell

      We’ll be missing most of the Maidult this year due to some exciting travel plans following a comparative dry spell. Perhaps there will be big bridge news upon our return. Stay tuned!

  2. shoreacres

    I rarely risk that computer tradition called Kaffe on the Keyboard, but Himmelfahrt did it for me. I figured out that’s Ascension Day, but… well… It’s the funniest thing I’ve heard in quite some time.

    I was interested to see some chocolate involved with one of those wines. At least, that’s what I gook it to be. I tried my first chocolate wine a few months ago, and for a little sip as a dessert wine it was ok, but I’d prefer to stick with a chocolate bar and a nice, well-rounded red.

    All things camera-ish are going well. At least, I’m having fun. I love your photos of the hotel up above, and the river. Beautiful.

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