"Zum Goldstein" was first documented in 1568 and registered as an operating brewery in 1747.
Mainz had over 20 breweries at the time - "Zum Goldstein" being the 2nd largest - for the simple reason that well water was more than dodgy and the risk of contracting the Dreaded Lurgi from beer and wine was significantly lower.
Folk still say "Was soll ich Wasser trinke un kronk wern, ich trink liewer Bier odder Woi un bleib gesund!" - Why on earth would I want to drink water and get sick, I'll stick to beer or wine and stay healthy.."
A wise strategy and one that I can thoroughly recommend...
"Zum Goldstein" was swallowed by the larger Mainzer Actienbrauerei in 1860, closed down and reduced to selling their product until 1878 when a fire and significant roadworks emasculated the original structure.
These days, it's one of the best places in Mainz to chill out, eat well and enjoy the (Bavarian) beer.
Just stay off the water - you never know where it's been...
Another - even better reason - is to rip into the products of the Brauwerk, a newly opened brewery on the banks of the river.
But it's worth a visit even if you're a wowser and only interested in the architectural aspects of the place.
Bad-Kreuznach's renowned for the wellness properties of its historical salt production.
The way to harvest salt from a saline solution is to evaporate the water.
You can either do that by applying heat, using solar energy or - if you live in a climatically challenged region - drizzling the saline solution over a high wall of tightly packed thorns. (I'm not making this up. Honest. That's one of them in the background.)
The spin-off of this, of course, is that when you take a deep breath of the surrounding air, you immediately hear seagulls and the crashing of waves on the shore and think you're at the seaside.
This has attracted people by the THOUSANDS over the years and they drift around with buckets and spades looking for the beach.
Nothing compared with the hordes who will descend on THIS place to admire how the architect has continued the line and materials of the graduation tower into his piloti-supported structure.
They might just be here for the beer, of course.....
The entertaining Christians vs Lions game did finish at the Colosseum Via Fractus at 17:15.
And thus did the 20,300 disciples of the Tribe of Mainz 05 follow Presidentus Strutzus the onerous 3.4km to the new Colosseum Cofacies.
And Presidentus Strutzus stretched out his hand over the Via Saarus (having had a word with the Excolo Moguntia); and the EXCOLO MOGUNTIA caused the vehicles to go back by a strong east wind all that afternoon, and made the normally gridlocked Via Saarus emptyroad, and the Saarstrasse was pedestrianised.
And the disciples thus passed safely through the Via Saarus and were welcomed by their brethren at the Colosseum Cofacies and were refreshed with cervisia and farcimen inferos and entertained by nubile slave girls in native costumes.
And they gave thanks to Presidentus Strutzus for a fine day out.
We recycle stuff as if the world's coming to an end (well, it IS, but don't tell anyone...), the Green party is the senior coalition partner in one of the largest (and most conservative) states and you get organic stuff on every street corner
Even in the discount supermarkets.
But I'm sure you'll agree with me that this is going a bit too far.