A few years ago, I sat in an Atlanta airport bar awaiting the flight that would take me to my new life in Germany. As I sipped my beer, I started speaking to the man next to me. He just so happened to be on my flight — but whereas I was going to start a new life abroad, he was a retired Army Sergeant returning to the Vaterland on his honeymoon. He had been stationed there nearly 20 years earlier and wanted to share the what he considered to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world with his new wife.
When I asked him the place he most wanted to show his bride, he did not hesitate in his answer: the Kreuzberg Kloster Brauerei.
He still dreamed, he said, of the taste of that beer – there was no finer one in the world. I think he may have even teared up a bit as he looked into his airport draft Budweiser and starting describing just how good it is. I laughed at the time and thought him a bit odd. But then I got to try some of Kreuzberg’s famous beer myself.
The Kreuzberg Kloster Brauerei is actually a Franciscan monastery located in the famous Fulda hills. It’s not a place you are likely to find unless you are looking for it. But once you find it, you’ll be glad you did.
The beer is like nothing else you’ve ever had – darkish brown, it has all the flavor of a full-bodied beer yet goes down as smooth as a lighter one. And the Brauerei also has an adjoining restaurant that serves traditional German fare and guest house for those who would like to stick around and enjoy their brews on the premises.
Despite a good drive, I’ve now been to Kreuzberg on numerous occasions. And each time, I’ve kept an eye open for that retired Sergeant. To date, I haven’t seen him. But I think it entirely likely that one day I just might – and in the meantime, I have what just might be the world’s best beer to enjoy while I wait.
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