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Welcome to Einbeck beer barrel path. Good to have you walking on the tracks of our delicious beer!
Now you have arrived at the TownMuseum (StadtMuseum). Can you see the huge entrance gate? This shows that this splendid timber-framed building used to be a classic town house with gruit (brewing) rights in the Middle Ages. Find more information on barrel 5. Unlike the pretty little house on the other side of the street (Auf dem Steinwege 14) that was a so-called Bude (hut), therefore a house without brewing rights. The owners were called Büdener or Bödener. In 1616, there were 723 breweries and 448 huts in Einbeck – so beer was brewed in a lot of places. No wonder, the thirst for beer always seems to have been huge in our beautiful town. Just imagine: During archaeological excavations a beer glass from 1350 was found. It took 0.9 litres, so nearly as much as a Bavarian Maß (1 L)!
In the TownMuseum you can see the oldest original beer barrel in Germany originated in the 15th century! It was found in a street with the sonorous name Petersilienwasser. But at this location, the barrel was used for a very different purpose: The old beer barrel was used as barrel sewer, so a medieval kind of toilette. But don’t worry: Today, it doesn’t smell too bad anymore! Historic taps, beer bottles and labels from the 19th century can also be found in the TownMuseum. Furthermore, you will find out more about Einbeck’s beer trek that started in direction to Munich in 1969. On horse carriages and accompanied by servants in historic garments several barrels of Einbecker beer were transported to the Bavarian capital following the historic example.
To the next barrel, continue straight ahead and then turn right into the street Tiedexer Straße (Watch out when crossing the street!).