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Behind the Scenes of Salzburg: BottleShop, Beer Tasting & Apple Strudel Baking Class!


Creative Travel, Food Travel, Austria, Travel with Locals, City Trips, Europe, Travel Blog , 0

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“Let me see if I am still able to show you something new here in Salzburg”, Martina tells me, smiling. I have just finished talking to her about my countless trips to Salzburg & around in recent years, including “tasty dumplings & totally awesome (moor) food“, the “historic Almkanal crossing“, visiting a springtime gourmet festival all the way to our very first Austrian travel blogger meet-up in the city of Salzburg. “That’s been a while now”, I laugh and add: “To be honest, we have simply always felt welcome here – and last but not least thanks to the really interesting ‘looks behind the scenes’ of the city of Salzburg.”

 

Or did you know that, opposite from the world-famous Mirabell Palace, you can now find a trendy “Bottle Shop: Craft Beer & Cider” with tons of varieties of beer & cider? Mirabellplatz 7, info@beerbottle.eu!

“They really dare being different”, is all I can think of as we slide down the beer slide (!) and into the cellar vaults of the Bottle Shop of Salzburg. Local owners Christine & Ronald Keil run a real treasure chest of craft beer varieties, which are not available in supermarkets but only from selected (micro) breweries. Altogether, their recently opened Bottle Shop therefore fills a niche and offers us to taste some previously unknown beer varieties. I am tempted to come back for one of their tasting events & brewing workshops and bring my beerlover friends! A real discovery and welcome addition to the city of Salzburg, Austria’s “secret beer capital”!

Die Ankunft im "Beer" Bottle Shop ...

Arriving at the (Beer) Bottle Shop …

 

… lehrt uns Staunen & Begeisterung ob der hier gebotenen Auswahl an Bierspezialitäten ...

… we are taken aback at the ample variety of beer & cider on display …

 

… wie gut, dass uns … als Fachfrau & Bierliebhaberin stets kompetent bei der Beratung zur Verfügung steht ...

… thank God Christine is there to guide us through the overwhelming variety of tasty craft beer …

 

… mit ihr kosten wir dann auch dieses Bier hier, ...

… as we end up tasting a magnificent Pale Ale brewed by Hofbräu Kaltenhaus.

 

Der Bottle Shop Salzburg: Nicht verpassen bei Eurem nächsten Besuch in der Stadt!

Not to be missed: Salzburg Bottle Shop!

 

Finding hidden beer treasures such as these is the work of Martina Gyuroka, known as the “Salzburg Beer Guide“. For many years already, she has focused her tour guiding business on the beer history of Salzburg, running her tours full of wit, humour and interesting, historical beer facts – in English, Spanish, Portuguese and German, of course!

Der "Münchner Brauhof" inmitten der Salzburger Innenstadt: Nur eine der vielen Adressen auf Martina Gyuroka's humorvoll geführter Bier-Tour durch Salzburg ...

The “Münchnerhof” former beer brewery in the city of Salzburg: Only one among many stops on one of Martina’s beer tours …

 

… welche mit vielen (historischen) Anekdoten ...

… who loves to serve us story after (beer) story …

 

… Sprüchen & Erzählungen aufwarten kann. Martina hier spricht übrigens auch fließend Englisch, Portugiesisch & Spanisch: Mit ihr muss ich mal ein Biersprüchebuch in verschiedenen Sprachen schreiben!

… about the beer history of Salzburg! Thanks Martina, for this welcome view of a city we thought we actually knew!

 

A true “glimpse behind the scenes” of the city of Salzburg has been discovering a beer-food pairing menu at the Trumerei restaurant, available for only €29,- per person including live comments, all beers & meals!

Johanna Panholzer is a lady of many words. Another sweet lady who has put beer high on her (professional) agenda: “I used to be chief accountant”, she laughs, shaking off the past in favour of becoming one of Austria’s top (and first) beer sommelières. Her knowledge about the different craft beer varieties is truly impressive, as it has already been the case with Christine Keil and Martina Gyuroka. During the “beer-food pairing tasting menu” at the Salzburg Trumerei restaurant (starting from 5-10 people, at € 29,- per person!), she is happy to explain the history behind every course, as well as the matching craft beer. We find a hint of raspberry in the beer matching our goat cheese salad vinaigrette, a dark chocolate flavour in the beer paired with our mousse au chocolat … I am still highly impressed by the perfect food pairing of the craft beer varieties served to us here.

Ankunft in der modern gestalteten Bar & Restaurant Trumerei in der Stadt Salzburg: Viel "Liebe" zum Detail steht hier auf dem Programm ...

Arriving at the modern bar & restaurant Trumerei in the city of Salzburg: Lots of “Liebe” (love) for detail around here …

 

… und der Begrüßung durch die herzlich-witzige Johanna Panholzer ...

… and our warm welcome by local beer lady Johanna Panholzer …

 

… folgt schon mal .. eine waschechte Liebeserklärung.

… resulting in a true “Liebeserklärung” declaration of love.

 

Auf zum wirklich besonderen Bierkulinarium hier in der Trumerei ...

So let’s get this special beer food pairing menu going here at the Trumerei …

 

… das jeden Gang durch eine kommentierte Bierverkostung begleitet sieht ...

… which has every course matched by a suitable craft beer tasting …

 

… so beispielsweise auch das "Framboise Poon" zum Ziegenkäse mit Himbeer-Vinaigrette ...

… like the slightly raspberry-scented “Framboise Poon” matching our goat cheese raspberry salad vinaigrette …

 

… oder das … zu unserem ...

… or the Five AM Red Ale 5.0 vol. % made by “Equity for Punks Brewdog” matching our tomato risotto …

 

Schokoladig wird's bei der Nachspeisen-Begleitung ...

Chocolatey is this craft beer St. Peters Old-Style Porter …

 

… und schließlich und letztendlich, kann sich unsere Bierselektion zum Bierkulinarium richtig sehen lassen - oder was meint Ihr?

… and altogether, the beer selection for pairing our food has been really well chosen.

 

Last but not least, I am happy to introduce you to my former study colleague, Johann Bauer, who has turned his passion for cooking & baking into a successful cooking class business here in Salzburg: “Edelweiss Cooking”!

“Our American visitors just love our apple strudel baking courses here in Salzburg. I use an original Austrian recipe for the dough, kneading it only from a mixture of flour, water, oil and a hint of salt …” Really?! I am challenged in my own ways of preparing perfect apple strudel according to mum’s recipe back home. Nevertheless of course, the slight differences result in a delicious strudel after all. I really enjoy our baking class at the StieglKeller next to the “Festungsbahn” Salzburg, followed by a delicious vegetarian version of typical “Reindl” pan-fried food from Salzburg. Of course, we are being served our home-made apple strudel as dessert …

… Johann hat sich, wie Ihr hier sehen könnt, extra für uns in Schale geworfen.!

… with Johann having dressed up specifically for the occasion, as you can see here.!

 

Vor Jahren noch haben wir gemeinsam an der Fachhochschule in Krems Tourismus studiert, jetzt bringt uns das Leben beim Apfelstrudel-Backen wieder zusammen ...

Years ago, we still studied tourism management together, and now life has us meet again having come to experience his successful “Edelweiss Cooking School” …

 

… und so können wir unsere Freundschaft im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes, "neu aufrollen" ..!

… giving us an opportunity to deepen our friendship once more ..!

 

Gemeinsam mit Michaela versuchen wir uns hier an der optimalen Zubereitung des klassisch-österreichischen Apfelstrudels.

Together with Michaela, we are trying to create the perfect, iconic Austrian apple strudel.

 

Das (vegetarische!) Reindl-Essen, was der Verkostung unseres Apfelstrudels vorangeht, ist hier im StieglKeller übrigens auch vorzüglich ...

Check out this delicious vegetarian meal as a welcome alternative to its meat-based, original dish …

 

... as well as our home-made apple strudel: Not only the Americans love it! In my recent publication of "The Creative Traveler's Handbook", I do by the way talk a lot about the joy in the child-like sense of achievement from creative travel like this!

… as well as our home-made apple strudel: Not only the Americans love it! In my recent publication of “The Creative Traveler’s Handbook”, I do talk a lot about the joy in the child-like sense of achievement from creative travel like this!

 

Fancy some more? My upcoming blog post guides you into making the most of your day trip out of the city of Salzburg, including the Untersberg mountain, the historic water fountains at Hellbrunn Palace as well as the “lady of the herbs” in Grödig … stay tuned!

Disclaimer: We have been invited “behind the scenes” of Salzburg by the city of Salzburg. All opinions are my own.

Written by Elena

Fluent in seven languages, I feel naturally at ease anywhere I go. As a writer, I am happy to share the world’s travel stories as far as creative travel, foodie travel and local, sustainable travel are concerned. Thanks to my young son Liam, I am currently discovering the world anew.

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