A blow to the diet in Brauerei zur Malzmühle

I’m guessing some of you are getting a bit bored of these German posts where nothing happens except us eating meat and potatoes and drinking Kolsch in the quiet company of gentlefolk. It’s a bit like blogging about Cheshire Brunning & Price pubs, but at least there you get to observe the farce of English folk struggling with how to use pubs.

All Germans know how to use pubs, at least the ancient brewery pubs like Malzmuhle, whose Kolsch is called Muhlen to confuse you.

A 4pm opener, we joined some determined looking drinkers in light drizzle at 15:56.

The doors opened at exactly 16:00, but you guessed that.

And you could probably predict the decor as well.

18:30 ? That only gave us 2:30 hours. I hate being rushed.

The first words we here are “Zwei Kolsch ?”, which is good because I can’t say “Zwei”, and Mrs RM never helps out.

Some gorgeous bench seating and solid chairs here, and the blokes just in for beer had a really nice area by the barrels.

Mrs RM pointed out the way the locals made themselves at home, hanging up overcoats on coat hooks in the middle of the room. I noted the WHOLE room had reserved signs on table, and by the time we left the place was (once again) full.

I have no idea why I went for the Currywurst with all those offal options, but I seem to have enjoyed it.

Only three (3) glasses of their excellent Kolsch each ? Slackers.

Outside, a group of Lyon FC fans were assembling in the market square ahead of their evening European tie with Cologne. Yet again, I failed to attend a German football fixture in a city I was staying in.

But we did get to see French fans being surrounded by the Polizia,

which is the only reason I can think of for them herding into the Irish bar, rather than Pfaffen.

7 thoughts on “A blow to the diet in Brauerei zur Malzmühle

  1. That pub was quite particular about seating. More than most. One kobe almost tackled me as I went to a table. She was pretty tough. Great place though. Would love to sit there all night.

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      1. The word Köbes seems to be derived from Jacobus, Latin for James, but beyond that there’s much debate as to why exactly pub waiters in the Rhineland are called that. Some people have tried to connect it with mediaeval pilgrimages to the shrine of St. James in Spain, but the term appears only to have been used since the nineteenth century.

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  2. I’ve only eaten at Malzmühle once, but on a cold winter day their potato soup followed by black pudding, mashed potatoes, fried onions and apple sauce, washed down with a few glasses of their malty Kölsch really hit the spot.

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  3. i am enjoying these German posts -i never drink beer but I suppose I would have to learn .I enjoy German food but don’t have much experience of is as we’ve only “done ” Munich. I remember getting home craving some salad & vegetables though.We visited Cologne about 20 years ago without the benefit of internet research etc & ended up just looking at the modern shopping area where our lad nipped us for a Bayern Munich shirt & I wasn’t overly impressed apart from the size of the river & the cathedral. I would return there after seeing your blog !

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    1. I’m glad you’re enjoying them, Pauline. Although I write this as a diary, for my own enjoyment, you’re very much my target audience. I’m conscious the foreign trip lack much “social observation”, which may be a language issue but I suspect it’s because the more picturesque German pubs are basically gorgeous and unfussy restaurants selling a lot of beer.

      Your take on Cologne from 20 years ago was pretty much mine from a 2015 trip with my lad; very modern and plain, so I was glad to be able to give it more time and attention. You might enjoy the photos from the shopping street which stretches at least a mile when I get round to them tomorrow.

      And yes, I missed veg too !

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  4. Confession time – I’ve been in that Irish pub, 13 years ago, when some work colleagues dragged me in there. König Pilsener, if my memory is correct. I think my workmates fancied a change from Kolsch, as well as a larger glass!

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