When the invitation to visit the Bad Schussenrieder beer jug museum flutters into the house, we are skeptical, let's say, sporadic beer drinkers. Until a few years ago beer was not on our shopping list - simply because we did not like it. Only since we - or better me - last year Newfoundland iceberg beer got to know and appreciate beer more often at our home. As a longtime beer abstainer, therefore, beer mugs and the entire beer culture are not part of our everyday repertoire. Except from time to time a visit to the beer garden, where we are more concerned with food than with drinking, everything that has to do with beer, rather foreign to us.
The beer mug museum in Bad Schussenried
At first we thought we had misunderstood: Bad Schussenried in Baden-Württemberg owns a beer mug museum. And our second thought as a strict Oktoberfest refusal was: "This is definitely only for drink-proof beer lovers." But it shows once again that one should not judge prematurely. We drive from Bad Waldsee the few kilometers to the neighboring town, where the Schussenried adventure brewery is based. It is unmistakably located in the center of the town with its administration building, the inn rooms and the museum for beer mugs on the upper floor.
There are surprising things to discover among the beer mugs displayed in the museum's display cases. And we learn that these have been in use for quite a long time. The first to make and decorate beer mugs were monks and nuns. For them, their home-brewed beer was not just a drink, but also a source of energy during fasting periods, as there was little to eat during the numerous fasting periods in the monasteries. However, they were not forbidden to drink beer, and some of them drank copious amounts of it.
"Perhaps that was the reason for the well-rounded stomach of some monks," says our companion Hans-Jürgen Holzheu, who guides us through the museum. "Up to eight jugs of beer per person per day were not uncommon in the monasteries." The thought inevitably comes to my mind that the fasting period was then probably easier to survive. I find it funny that the monastic beer mugs also represented a portrait of their owners. The monk's and nun's jars are crowned with the personal likeness of its user. "Handy after you've had eight mugs of beer," I think to myself. "Then at least you can't choose the wrong mug."
Are you traveling with a motorhome?
- We recommend the Bad Waldsee parking space, Hopfenweiler 2a, 88339 Bad Waldsee. However, there are other campsites in the area. There you can after a day trip in a Dutch Oven or on the portable grill after a day trip .
- Do you want to rent a motorhome? Then you will find information here as well as booking options. Or would you rather stay in one roof tent on the car? Also the overnight stay in a camping tent is possible.
- Check our packing list for campersto see whether you have packed everything for your motorhome tour.
- Here you find Tips for motorhome trips.
- In Bad Waldsee it is also worth visiting the Hymer Museum, which clearly shows the history of motorhome travel.
And there is more to discover: I find the pink-red and milky-white glass jugs from Bohemia particularly feminine, which almost indicate that they were preferred by the ladies of fine society. And indeed: there were weekly "beer wreaths" in the 19th century, in which the representatives of the female sex met with like-minded people to drink beer - similar to today's coffee wreaths. Perhaps an expression of female emancipation?
Impressive I think the noble beer steins of carved ivory or silver. They adorned the tables of royalty and noble families. But there are also religious motives, such as the Trinity jug with spiritual representations as decor. Oktoberfest beer mugs are just as likely to be in the beer jug museum as beer mugs, which are reminiscent of certain events: there are Jubliäumskrüge here, beer mugs, which were given away to graduation, jars that remind of club celebrations or pitchers, the long-standing employees were given. In any case, we will learn one thing in the beer jug museum in Bad Schussenried: Beer mugs are interesting and have their own story.
We conclude our visit to the Bad Schussenrieder Adventure Brewery as it should: with a hearty lunch in the pub. And there is - how could it be otherwise - the beer roast with potato salad and sauce. Hardy and good! Bottom up!
Schussenrieder Adventure Brewery
Wilhelm Schussen-Str. 12
88427 Bad Schussenried
Wire. (07583) 40411
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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