In Germany, it's all about the wurst and the beer. And since I have NO desire whatsoever to see wurst made, that leaves beer. I've been on two brewery tours (one in April '06- Plzen, CZ with my parents and September '09 in Qingdao, China), but wanted another. So when I heard that there was a major brewery not to far from Dresden
, I heard opportunity knocking. So I swung the door wide open, and invited it in for a drink. And dragged a classmate (from Venezuela, he works at a brewery back home) along for the ride. Since we live in the same building, we met there at 8:45, as I'd foolishly thought that would give us enough time to make the train at Dresden-Neustadt. We got to the train station with 10 minutes to spare, so I thought (again foolishly) that we were golden.
outside the brewery
Until I couldn't get the machine to give me the ticket I wanted, and then it crashed and we had to wait for another one. So instead of the train that would put us in Radeberg
at 9:30, with 30 minutes to spare, we ended up on the train that arrived 2 minutes after our tour started.
Luckily finding and getting to the brewery weren't hard and didn't take much time. We jumped in a few minutes late, but it didn't appear that we missed much of the tour. It was all in German, which was a little difficult since there was a lot of "brewery vocabulary" that I don't have, but I understood most and even got a few of the jokes! Then came the tasting... at 11am. We started with a regular Radeberger Pilsner (that's all Radeberger makes is Pilsner) and watched a movie.
in the train station
Then came the fresh beer! After most of one (Jose had to finish mine, I just couldn't), that was it for me. 11am is a little too early for multiple beers for me. But we did get rolls too! Nice touch. We got to keep a glass that we'd used for the beer tastings, but we had to wash it ourselves first. But we did get a souvenir box to put it in. And that was the end of the tour.
After the tour, we walked around Radeberg for a little while, discovering that all there really was to the town for tourists was the brewery. So we caught the next train back to Dresden, discovered that the stop Dresden-Industriegelaende is infinitely closer to the dorm building than Dresden-Neustadt, and that was the brewery day in a nutshell.
Radeberg Sights & Attractions review
Beer brewery outside of Dresden
Getting there is easy, it's a 15 minutes train ride from Dresden-Neustadt. From there, about a 10 minute walk down the street from the train station.… read entire review