Ozapft is! Martin Zuber, interim head of the "Mühlfeldbräu", shows beer queen Mona Sommer how to tap. © Pröhl
Tapping is one of the official duties of Mona Sommer (24). The Bavarian beer queen was shown how this works properly in the Tölzer "Mühlfeldbräu".
Bad Tölz – Royal visitors arrived in the spa town at noon on Thursday. The new Bavarian beer queen Mona Sommer (24) from Weitnau in Swabia did the honors and trained tapping in the Tölzer "Mühlfeldbräu" under the eyes of Martin Zuber, interim head of the brewery.
At folk festivals, the public expects marksmanship
Although she has only been in office for just over a week, Mona Sommer, who is a brewer and maltster by profession, has one appointment after the next. Tapping is one of the "official duties" of a beer queen. And to make sure everything runs smoothly, Zuber, himself a master brewer, will show you how to do it right on Thursday. He has already introduced several beer queens to the fine art of tapping, he says. For Sommer, on the other hand, it is a premiere. But "tapping is one of the basic skills of a beer queen," explains Lothar Ebbertz, Managing Director of the Bavarian Brewers' Association, who has also come to Tölz. After all, at folk festivals, the audience expects accuracy.
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First, training is done with an empty barrel
Before going to a keg filled with beer, Sommer trains on an empty one. But not without knowing the technical terms that her tub explains. There is the change, i.e. the tap that has to go into the barrel. The Schlegl, with which the change is hammered in. The pipe, so that air gets into the barrel, and the. This is for cleaning and filling the keg – not for tapping, as Zuber points out. But even that he has already seen. "It's important to have a good footing," explains Zuber. It should be waist-width apart. "Start the change as straight as possible and then take a break and take a relatively relaxed turn." The number of blows is just as irrelevant as the mess you cause. "If it splashes, that's not a bad thing either," says Zuber. "Then that's just the way it is."
After three strokes, the change is firmly in the barrel
Then it goes to the barrel, which is filled with the liquid gold. The beer queen needs three strokes, and the change is firmly in the barrel. Almost without a mess. With a loud "Ozapft is!" Sommer raises the Schlegl in the air. The beer is running. The first jug is already full. The first measure is the shot measure, explains Zuber.
Was Sommer nervous before? "Yes, very much," she admits. But you didn't notice anything. By the way: The training in Tölz has to be enough. In the next few days, the beer queen will have numerous appointments where she will have to prove her skills in beer tents and in front of a large audience.
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