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Tapping American beer’s German roots

David Flaherty has more than 20 years experience in the hospitality industry. He is a certified cicerone and a former operations manager and beer and spirits director for Hearth restaurant and the Terroir wine bars in New York City. He is currently marketing director for the Washington State Wine Commission and writes about wine, beer and spirits in his blog, Grapes and Grains.

We hopped the train in Munich and headed north, soon leaving the borders of Bavaria and entering the famed region of Franconia.

We were brave beer tourists on a well-worn path laid out centuries before. Our train let us off on the outskirts of town and we began the walk to the city center, our thirst and curiosity increasing with each step. For beer geeks, the tiny town of Bamberg, Germany, offers the chance to step centuries back in time — literally, as its city center is a pro

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