Written by Franz Hofer for A Tempest in a Tankard
KÃ¶lsch is part of the very fabric of Cologne, an element of the cityâ€™s cultural heritage as important as Carnival. KÃ¶lsch is a relatively young style, and it wasnâ€™t until after WWII that KÃ¶lsch cemented its status as the premier beer in the city. Things developed quickly from there. By 1986, Cologneâ€™s brewers had come together to sign the KÃ¶lsch Convention, an agreement that turned KÃ¶lsch into a protected appellation.
FRÃœH AM DOM
Like any major city, Cologne is worth several days in its own right, but youâ€™re also in luck if youâ€™re just passing through. Not only is the Dom (cathedral) located just outside of the train station, so, too, are a handful of taverns serving up KÃ¶lsch. If you have an hour or so, stop off for a peek into the Dom followed by a KÃ¶lsch or three within half a kilometer of the train station.
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