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Since WGT 2008 we have arranged a Pre WGT Meeting so you can meet up with other English speaking
people. The meetings have been a great success in a great venue, come and join us for a few beers
and some great food.

Therefore the following can be formally announced.
Time and Date: Thursday 21st May 2015, 6pm - 10pm ish
Location: Bayerischer Bahnhof:    
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The meeting is open to all readers and anybody else who you care to drag along (with the premise that the meeting is set
up for English Speaking people to meet and get to know each other, be they Americans, British, Aussies, South Africans, Canadians,
Italian, Corsican, Maltese, Swiss, German etc)  The venue is the Bayerischer Bahnhof, a large restaurant / bar located not too far south
of the Moritzbastei. It’s all informal, so if you want to come for one drink or many it’s up to you, I would just say that I would be happy to
finally put a face to many of the names and come along and say hello.  

The Bayerischer Bahnhof is just outside the city ring road to the southeast and within walking distance of the Moritzbastei (south) see
the map to the left, or right on the Strassenbahn Line 16, which runs past the Hauptbahnhof and Augustusplatz, and Line 9, which runs
to Werk II. Many of you will have probably passed the building on the way to and from other venues (see attached picture).  Bayerischer
Bahnhof was the old station for southbound trains. It is now home to a brewery famous for producing Leipzig's own specialty beer,
'Leipzig Gose' (see below) and includes a large restaurant and bar. So come and meet up with old friends and make new ones! The
Bayerischer Bahnhof has more than just Gose, of course, and if you arrive hungry, feel free to order from the menu.

The Bayerischer Bahnhof (Bavarian station) in Leipzig is Germany's oldest preserved railway station. It was built in 1842 for the Leipzig–
Hof line by the Saxon-Bavarian Railway Company, later taken over by the Royal Saxon State Railways and operated as the Saxon-
Bavarian State Railways.

The station was closed in 2001 for the construction of the Leipzig city tunnel. It is expected to re-open in 2013 after the completion of the
tunnel, and will then be part of future S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland system.

The Bayerischer Bahnhof is an exceptional location for every occasion. Travel through our individual rooms and explore their special
ambiance. Our culinary program is as extraordinary as our location: traditional German cuisine, diversity, and seasonal trends. Our
modern in-house brewery has re-established the Gose, a top fermented beer which is slightly sparkling and rich in vitamins(!), in
Leipzig. Please try all our different creations for the Gose: the Regenschirm (umbrella) with a shot of caraway liqueur, the
“Sonnenschirm” (parasol) with a shot of syrup, or the “Frauenfreundlicher” (women’s choice) with a shot of cherry brandy.

You could also enjoy one of our other beers fresh from the tap: the “Schaffner” (conductor), a pilsner, the “Kuppler” (operator), a top-
fermented wheat beer, or the “Heizer” (stoker), a light and sweet, velvety dark beer specialty.

If you get the chance you might want to find a local bar and try the local 'Gose' Beer. Gose is a top-fermented wheat beer, sometimes
including oats, with added coriander and salt. The inclusion of coriander and salt is contrary to the excessively strict beer purity law
("Reinheitsgebot" ) but as the law was a Bavarian one and Gose originated outside Bavaria, this wasn't a problem until the unification of
Germany and the wider application of the Reinheitsgebot. Gose was traditionally spontaneously fermented, like Belgian lambic ales or
Berliner Weisse, with fermentation being initiated by natural wild yeasts carried in the air, instead of the addition of particular strains of
yeast but today's brewers use their own yeasts. Gose is traditionally bottled in a flattish, near semicircular bottle, with a tall, narrow
neck. The neck was designed to trap the foam of fermentation and thus produce a natural bung e is an extract about
Gose Beer. More about
Here are a few photos of previous years meetings
And some shockwave flash galleries

Pre WGT Meeting 2008
Pre WGT Meeting 2009
Pre WGT Meeting 2010
Pre WGT Meeting 2011
Pre WGT Meeting 2012
Pre WGT Meeting 2013

Special thanks to Eva for setting up the meeting at the
Bayerisher Bahnhof each year...she is the star of the
show :)
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