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All about beer; Documentary, events celebrate beverages from Germany

A homegrown documentary about the beer-loving city of Bamberg, Germany, is having its North American premiere in Western New York next week accompanied by appropriate beverages.

The film explores the 900-year brewing history of the Bavarian city of Bamberg, known for its rauchbiers, which have a smoky flavor from the fire-dried barleys used in their brewing. There's 10 breweries in the city of 70,000 residents, which stands out even in that beer-crazy nation.

"Bamberg: A City Built on Beer" is a 90-minute film with English subtitles, with a trailer available at It's showing in Rochester's the Little Theatre on Saturday, then Thursday at Cole's (1104 Elmwood Ave.).

There's only about 100 tickets for the Cole's event, warned organizer Willard Brooks. He's part of a crew of craft-brew evangelists who are getting the film shown in North America for the first time. "Among beer geeks, Bamberg is known," said Brooks. Now everyone else has a chance to catch up.

The screenings are just two of the Bamberg-related events coming up, as the film's arrival has inspired other food and beer-related functions:

Saturday: 7 p.m. film screening at Rochester's Little Theater. Tickets are $10; reserve at (585) 232-3906.

Tuesday: A special Bavarian style pizza (Zwiebelkuchen) paired with a Franconian-style Kellerbier on tap at the Pizza Plant (5110 Main St., Williamsville). For more information, call 626-5566.

Wednesday: Dinner at Pearl Street Grill and Brewery (76 Pearl St.), with a presentation by Buffalo brewing historians Dave Mik and Peter Jablonski on historical Buffalo beer styles. Filmmakers will be present. Special Bavarian Helles beer will be on tap. Presentation begins at 7 p.m. For more information, call 856-2337.

Thursday: Cole's hosts a 7 p.m. screening of "Bamburg: A City Built on Beer" with a buffet dinner and Bamberg beers. Beers on tap from Schlenkerla, Mahr's and Spezial. Tickets are $25, including a buffet, three Bamberg beer pours and the screening. For more information, call 886-1449.

Next Friday and April 9: Food and beer of Bamberg at Blue Monk (727 Elmwood Ave.), at Friday evening dinner and lunch April 9. Call 882-6665.

April 9: Film crew appears at the Buffalo Museum of Science's annual Beerology event. Good news: Bamberg beer will be on tap. Bad news: The event is sold out.


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