This trip report is probably more notable for the things I didn't do rather than the things I did do, but when you travel with a 19 month old, you don't always get to do the things you planned. I debated not even posting this, but what the heck it's a slow day. No Forshungsbrauerei, no Weihenstephaner Pilgrimage, no Ayinger Pub, no Weisses Brauhaus, no Paulaner am Tal...any and all of the things I thought I might be able to do got dropped. What I did do was meet a friend from the States in the English Garden for lunch and I enjoyed the heck out of a Hofbrau Urbock at the Chinese Tower biergarten on a nice Spring day. I had never been to the English Garden in my two previous visits to Munich, so this was a real treat. I should also note that I didn't particularly love the bottle of Hofbrau Maibock I bought a few weeks back, but there in the beer garden it was pretty darn delicious. My wife ended up with the Helles sort of by accident. I bought it for myself and then went looking for a dunkel-weizen for her. I couldn't find any (the Wiessbierschänke stand doesn't sell Wiessbier???) so I ordered an Urbock gave her the choice between the two. Earlier in the day I made a run to the beer store to check out their selection before they closed up for the day (...oh Germany, you and your weekend opening hours...). I was, of course, pleasantly surprised. Schlenkerla stacked three cases high, more than two varieties of Schneider Weisse (no Tap 5, sadly), cases upon cases of Ayinger, Weihenstephaner's Hefe-weissbier Dunkel...and many others of course. I loaded up mostly on Ayinger stuff - one Jahrhundertbier, one Helles Lagerbier, one Fruhlingsbier - but added a bottle of Aventinus and two bottles of Weihenstephaner's Hefe-weissbier Dunkel (a particular favorite). OK, so "loaded up" might be the wrong phrase I guess, but I had to stuff these into an already crowded backpack and there was only so much room. On Sunday we chatted up a local Cafe owner who told us we had bad timing - next weekend is their "Fruhlingsfest" which she described as being like Oktoberfest, only smaller. I'm sorry I'll miss it. We walked down to St. Paul's and then over to the Festwiese, where we stopped at the children's playground for an hour or so to let my son burn off some energy before the 3 hour train ride back. No beer for me of course, but I just sat there taking it all in: my boy running around like crazy...the view of St. Paul's...the Theresienwiese looking ready to go...all the rides set up and the Ferris Wheel turning. Unfortunately another trip to Munich is not in my immediate future. Which is too bad. I haven't been to Munich in two years...I forgot how much I really like this city. When we finally got home and even more finally put the boy to bed, my wife and I cracked the two Weihenstephaner Dunkels and toasted to a tiring but enjoyable 24 hours in Munich. They were delicious.