Dark beer and dumplings in Bavaria: a visit to the world’s oldest monastic brewery

Weltenburg Abbey, on a bend in the Danube, has been constructing rich, dark beers for more than 1,000 years and has a B& amp; B for those who may need an overnight stay

Weltenburg Abbey stands on a bending of the upper Danube, deep in a wooded gorge where the river cuts through the white limestone cliffs of the Frnkische Alb mountains, about 25 miles west of Regensburg in Bavaria. The abbey church, a spectacular concoction of late-baroque flamboyance, is worth the journey, but the main depict for most guests is alcoholic rather than spiritual. The abbey houses the oldest monastic brewery in the world, which first started brewing in 1050 and creates a number of brews, the more popular being a dark, nearly black, beer known as Kloster Barock Dunkel. Its a lovely thing to sip in the beer garden in the abbey courtyard, accompanied by roast schweinshaxe ( pork knuckle) and Bavarian dumplings, and is also available in bottles to take away.

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