Belgium & Germany - April 22 - May 10

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  1. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,751) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania
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  2. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I don't recall if you've ever been to the Oktoberfest in Munich. If not, the Frühlingsfest could be a good meantime substitute. It has the same feel without being as large -- and also fewer tourists. Just a small nudge. :wink:
     
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  3. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    A bit of a down day today. The weather was sunny and a little warmer finally, and we took off on a bus tour of the 'goofy Disney castle' so that we could say we did some touristy things. Got back to the hotel around 7, so we walked to Andechser am Dom for dinner and a beer. No Maibock available, but a Dunkel Bock was a nice alternative. Very tasty. The wife had a small weissbier and liked it so well that she had a second one.
     
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  4. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    'Ey -- that castle was built before Disney or Goofy were born!
     
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  5. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I don't see a straight Bock listed for them -- wasn't the Doppelbock, was it?
     
  6. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (198) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    It must have been, though they also have the Bergbock Hell in der Flasche. I love the place, good food too. Thanks for the updates Mothergoose03.
     
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  7. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I repeated in my post above the words that were used on the beer menu without questioning our server. However, it did taste exactly like a dopplebock.
     
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  8. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I don't recall that wording in the description but it could have been there. I take pictures as a means of note taking, so when I get home and have an opportunity to view and enlarge (and translate) I'll be able to know more exactly.

    The food was excellent. The best smoked sausages that I've had so far on the trip.
     
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  9. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Here's a link to Andechser am Dom's beer page on their web site:
    http://www.andechser-am-dom.de/andechser-bier/

    Shows the Bergbock Hell (basically, their Maibock) in bottles as jeebeel mentions, and:

    Andechser Biere im Fass
    Alle bei uns erhältlichen Biere vom Kloster Andechs, das Andechser Hell, Spezial Hell, Doppelbock Dunkel, Weißbier Hell und Dunkel, erhalten Sie frisch aus dem Faß.
    Alle Sorten in der Flasche erhalten Sie auch in der Geschenkverpackung zum Mitnehmen.

    Andechs beers on tap
    All beers from the Andechs Monastery, Andechser Hell, Special Hell, Doppelbock Dunkel, Weißbier Hell und Dunkel, can be obtained fresh from the barrel.
    All varieties in the bottle are also available in the gift pack to take away.

    Not sure why they don't have the Bergbock on tap.
     
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  10. jeebeel

    jeebeel Initiate (198) Jun 17, 2003 Texas

    The only place I have ever seen the Bergbock on tap is at the Andechs in the Wiesbaden Ratskeller. But it looks like they don't offer it there anymore either, too bad.
     
  11. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Well this old body is telling me that I need to cut back on the beer and food a bit, so another slow-down day was planned. Being this close to Freising we decided that we had to visit the oldest brewery in the world, so it was a train trip and off to Weihenstephan. But not before we stood and watched a portion of the glockenspiel show at City Hall this morning.

    After arriving in Freising and figuring out the bus arrangements and got to the front drop-off, we then had to figure out where on this campus the beer garden was. When we thought that we were close but still unable to find it we asked two students (who apparently had never been there :confused:) for help, but they couldn't get us there either. So we still walked in circles trying to find the place. Then all of a sudden we rounded a corner and we saw people drinking. Voila!

    Wow! Great beers and food, and that is not a trite understatement. We ordered a little 3-beer sampler plus small pours of Korbinian and Vitus. Wow, wow, wow! Deliciousness at it's best. Once we finished, we took the shortcut path walking down the hill to the train and made it back to Munchen and the hotel to rest a bit.

    Per your 'nudge' @steveh we then walked over to Fruhlingfest to check it out. Being still full of beer and food from our earlier brewery visit, we didn't partake in any food or drink, but we got to see what it was all about. We probably should have stuck our heads into one of the beer halls but we didn't even hear any oompah music from in front, so we passed on by. It may have been a bit too early in the evening or too chilly. None of the rides or midway vendors were doing much business. But we did get a feel for what it's all about.

    Tomorrow we're off to Heidelberg for a day to visit an old college roommate who I have not seen for 46 years, so the beer will flow a bit more tomorrow.

    Prost.
     
  12. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Holy cats! Sounds like you're having a great time, I hope tomorrow's reunion is a blast.
     
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  13. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    That kind of tells you how old I am, huh? :rolling_eyes:
     
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  14. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Welcome to the club. :wink:
     
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  15. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Well last night is a blur in more ways than one. It's not easy to catch up 46 years in 4 hours, and in a couple of busy, noisy breweries the stories were flying as fast as possible, and the beers tried to keep up.

    We started at Kulturbrauerei for dinner and beers, and later moved over to Vetter Alt Heidelberger before I crapped out. A small pour of that Vetter 33 dopplebock (triple?) kind of got the better of me!

    These two breweries seem to be a bit underappreciated because they are described as the 'best of the breweries in town' which I kind of took as meaning none are all that great. I liked the beers at both places so that when I do my reviews I'll probably give an overall beer rating of 4 out of 5 to both places. The food at Kulturbrauerei was fabulous.

    What was especially nice was that both places had a Maibock on tap, and both were very well done. So I am a happy camper this morning. :slight_smile:

    Not much beer is expected to be consumed for the last 4 days of our trip, so I may not update this thread further until a final closing summary from home along with some pics.

    Prosit!
     
  16. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Poo-Bah (1,907) Jun 8, 2005 Michigan
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    I was in Vetter's a long time ago.
    German food is under rated, when you are at a good place, it is great. You are heading to wine country next IIRC, and there are some really nice specialty dishes there.
     
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  17. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    You can use beer as the subject of that thought too. Often seems to be taken for granted.
     
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  18. Dodger75

    Dodger75 Initiate (63) Feb 26, 2017 England

    I stayed at Kulturbrauerie a couple of years back and loved it. Good beer and magnificent food. The 2nd day we went in at around 5 pm after a day of touring the town and there was a wedding reception on....we were leaving to head somewhere else when the groom headed over and invited us in to join and celebrate!

    An incredible night was spent!!!
     
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  19. FrankenBier

    FrankenBier Devotee (486) Feb 4, 2003 California
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    I have a fond memory of Vetter from back around 1992. I was in Heidelberg with my father (who was at a conference at the Uni and let me tag along). We ended up at Vetter and had a 33, and then somehow another. My Dad literally fell off his stool. I think it was really the first time (and one of the few times) where I saw my Dad tipsy.

    Heidelberg was really where my beergeekdom started. On my first visit to Germany in 1990 (first trip outside North America) we ended up at the Bier Museum (Zum Weissen Schwann) where they had just started serving this beer called "Budweiser" from Czechoslovakia. It was a really "Toto, I don't think we're in Kansas" moment. I also had my first taste of a (kristall) Weizenbier. The taste was strange enough I wasn't sure if I liked it. When I asked what it was I was told (by Herr Doktor Professor -- my Dad's friend/colleague at the Uni) that it was a beer made with wheat. Who knew there was such a thing? (That trip, BTW, continued on to Berlin, Prague and Munich so not a bad start). I had it again on subsequent trips and pretty soon got to like it. But none were readily available in LA at the time and that led to home brewing and it was all down hill from there :slight_smile:

    I used to have a great schtick -- people would ask me if I'd ever been to the Czech Republic. I'd answer "No" but add "but I really enjoyed my stay in Prague." Most would figure it out but there were always a few that I had to explain that it was the "Czech/Slovak Socialist Republic" when I was there. Still have that passport with ornate visa that I had to get at the embassy in DC. Of course, I can't say that anymore...

    Rambling on because I'm off in the morning for a week's visit to Prague and it always makes me nostalgic for the great visits I had there with my (late) father.
     
  20. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Just a couple updates before we get on the plane today. We visited Germany's 2015 Brewery of the Year when we visited and toured Schmucker Brauerei last week. The tour was all in German so it was not fully understood, but the tasting afterward crossed the language barrier. They had a Maibock in addition to the other four that we tasted, and it was the second best Maibock that we have experienced on our trip.

    We also tasted the Oldenwalder Landbier, the Kellerbier, the Dopplebock, and a Rose' Bock. We thoroughly enjoyed the Rose' Bock the most. Later at our host's house we had their Pils and a beer called Gude.

    We didn't t get to visit any Paulaner pubs during our trip, but at at Ludwig's at the Frankfort airport we found the Paulaner Salvator and their Zwickl. Both are outstanding beers.

    We're boarding the plane shortly, so once we get home and settled in a week or so I'll post a final summary here with pics for all to enjoy.

    Prost!
     
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  21. einhorn

    einhorn Aspirant (224) Nov 3, 2005 California

    I believe the Bergbock was a 2016 (one-time?) special release in honor of RHG.
     
  22. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    But they list bottle availability... don't tell me they're leftovers... like my HB Maibock? :grimacing:

    Still on their web site too (I know, that could mean nothing).

    Andechser Bergbock Hell is the hot tip among the Andechs monastery beers for connoisseurs and epicures.

    With its firm, fine pored head, luminous gold and clear gleaming look, it cannot fail to awaken expectations of pure pleasure.

    Strong malty nuances and floral hoppiness are imbued with accents of slight fruitiness. Despite its strength, Bergbock is pleasantly mouthcoating, with a powerful, but unobtrusive body. A highly discrete, finely bitter hoppiness transforms into a slight honey sweetness to conclude on a soft, harmonious aftertaste.

    A harmonious light bock of character that cannot be put down after the first drink (16.5% original extract and 6.9% alcohol by volume).
     
  23. grantcty

    grantcty Initiate (150) Feb 17, 2008 Minnesota
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    I drank bottled Andechser Bergbock in 2009. So, it's definitely not a one-off. As far as old bottles...given what some distributors and retailers do (especially in the case of your 1+ year old HB), you never know.
     
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  24. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (367) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Seconding @grantcty here - Andechs Bergbock Hell was easily available at the Getränkemarkt near me from 2010 - 2014 as well.
     
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  25. einhorn

    einhorn Aspirant (224) Nov 3, 2005 California

    Went back to check my files from the importer and now I remember where I saw "limited edition"... but I guess it isn't/wasn't. Or just in the US?
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  26. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    I bet that's the answer, sadly.
     
  27. boddhitree

    boddhitree Zealot (561) Apr 13, 2008 Germany

    Apropos Gude - it's a semi-ok offereing from Privat-Brauerei Schmucker, an independent brewer from the Odenwald, which is a low mountain-y area southeast of Frankfurt.
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    Schmucker also makes the Rosé Bock. I've had it before and here's my review of it from 2013 on BA:

    4.36/5 rDev +14.1%
    look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

    It's not really rosé, per se, more amber and orange with a fine brownish head on top.
    The nose is lots of malts, Pils and Münchner malts, basically like a Märzen should smell. It's also got a full-bodied, very nice chewy mouthfeel.
    The flavor is slightly bitter up front, sweet and caramel malts and a tangy alcohol feeling on the tongue. The middle gives me more malts, more Märzen-like qualities and a little more tangy brandy-like alcohol flavor. The end and aftertaste is pure malts, caramels, a little bitterness and a slight burning alcohol flavor.
    It basically tastes like a Märzen/brandy mix. On the Schmucker webpage they call it "full-bodied, vinous, sweet, soft, mildly bitter." That vinous quality comes through like a barely wine would, and at 8%, it's near that territory in alcohol. Not bad… wow? Not quite, but very good I'll buy this beer again. It's very very good and relatively cheap at about 1€ per 0.5L bottle. Maybe a solid 4.3 rating.
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    Ei Gude [pronounced /aye-gooda/] is Hessen/Frankfurt dialect for "hello." It's often shortened to Gude, now being used as a marketing ploy to demonstrate one's Hessen-ness or pride in being from Frankfurt.
    https://www.gude-stoff.de/
     
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  28. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    First, thanks again to everyone who provided tips for our trip; I tried to use as many as I could, so I hope you see the results here. Now, it's a little later than promised but are my write-ups of our trip. (It's a little long so I'm splitting it up into three threads.):

    We flew into Paris on a Saturday and took the high-speed train from the airport to Brussels.( I wanted the 'fast' train experience and my wife wanted to say again that she was in Paris.) Arriving in Brussels we immediately put our luggage into a locker and walked to Cantillon. It was so crowded on a Saturday that we had to stand to drink, thus no pics of our beers. We then went to BrewDog and enjoyed a sampler flight of some of their beers, and later had dinner at Arcati Cafe where we enjoyed a glass of De Halve Maan Quad and a Leffe Blonde.

    Sunday we took the train to Bruge, walked around enjoying the architecture and canal scenery, had some frites from a food truck, then a lunch of a bowl of mussels at a cafe accompanied by a couple beers from Mort Subite. We then found our way to De Halve Maan where we had reservations for their VIP brewery tour. It's well worth the extra cost for that tour just for the sampling in a private bar area after the tour. (You don't want to be drinking before or during this tour because of the ladders that you must climb down on the second half of the tour after taking the stairs all the way to the rooftop deck.) We never even made it into their pub! What a great beer city!

    The next day was spent seeing the sights in and around Grand Place in Brussels, including a visit to the Belgian Beer Museum where they served a beer from an unspecified brewery as part of the tour. We then made our way to Moeder Lambic for lunch (Moeder's Band of Brothers Pale Ale and an Oud Bruin). Afterwards we enjoyed a flight of three Timmerman's Lambics and one from Brewery Bourgogne Des Flanders at A la Becasse, and then found Delirium Cafe where we shared 4 beers (Delirium's Guillotine and Tremens, a Belgian IPA from St. Feuillen, and an Oud Beersel Lambic). A brief rest at the hotel was followed by dinner at Nuetnigenough. A bottle of Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus accompanied the meal. The day was done at that point, and a train ride to Bamberg was on the schedule for tomorrow.

    (The Germany portion of our trip is continued in the next two posts.)
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    Germany week 1

    Tuesday: Bamberg was just what I expected with its old buildings with their half-timbered architecture, and the abundance of cobblestone sidewalks (those things are tough on suitcase wheels!). The train ride had taken up most of the day, so a quick walk around the neighborhood of our hotel followed by finding Brauerei-Gaststatte Klosterbrau. I had realized after the planning for our trip was completed that the dates coincided with the release of Maibocks, one of my favorite beer styles. The visit here gave me the opportunity to discover my first one of nine of them that we found in Germany. And this one turned out to be the best of all of them. We also enjoyed their Braunbier with our meal.

    The next two days were spent walking and seeing the sights as well as visiting breweries along the way. Spezial, Fassla, Schlenkerla (twice - for a dinner and then breakfast the next day, both times enjoying the 'smoke'), Das Ambrausianum, Keesman, Mahr's Brau, and finally Spezial Keller. (Wilde Rose Keller was not yet open for the season, so a walk up that hill was for naught.) A number of beers were consumed at these various places, and every one was a hit. A tour of Weyermann Malting (along with a tasting of 4 of their beers) was also enjoyed.

    The trip to Regensburg was a half-day's worth of train riding on Friday. After settling into our hotel (just off the Danube) we got out and about to see some sights and find a brewery for dinner. Weissbrauhaus was where we ended up, and we tried 4 of their beers, the Weizen, Dunkel Weizen, Helles Lager and the Dunkles. All were very good, although I thought the Helles was a bit too light-flavored.

    On Saturday we started out by crossing the river to visit Spital Biergarten, followed by Kneitinger and then Hacker-Pschorr. We finished the day with dinner at Weltenberger am Dom. My notes tell me that I drank an Asam Bock there, which I'd never hear of before, but my research seems to say that it is a name that is unique to Weltenburger, and is a dopplebock with a more concentrated malt taste. It was delicious.

    Regensburg is a city with much of the same old, half-timbered architectural styles in the buildings like Bamberg. I liked Bamberg better, but my wife liked Regensburg more. Either way, we enjoyed on our last day here, with a morning train ride to Munich up next.

    Sunday morning found us on the train to Munich, and we had three nights planned there. After checking in at our hotel (just a couple blocks east of the Hauptbahnhof), we explored the sights a bit before going to dinner at Augustiner Klosterwirt. We had a Hell from the barrel, an Edelstoff, a Heller Bock (which I took to be a Maibock, although it was a bit lighter in color than other Maibocks). The Hell and the Edelstoff were the two best of the three beers.

    On Monday we started early and went directly to Hofbrauhaus to see what it was all about before it got too busy. If you want to experience the frolic of a crowd, 11 am is too early for sure. They were starting to get busy, but we drank a maas of Maibock and a 0.5L of Weissbier, bought a pretzel as big as my head, and then left for further adventures. The English Garden intrigued me with its 4 breweries or beer gardens, so that was our destination. Chinese Tower was the first stop, and it is impressive. The band was playing on an upper level of the structure. The weather was looking uncooperative again (chilly, windy and wet was the norm for most of our trip) so we downed a quick beer and headed back toward the Marian Platz area where we could more easily escape the weather with more options for breweries to visit. We stopped back at the Hofbrauhaus to use the restroom, and it was rocking by then. The oompah band was playing, and the place was full.

    Ayingers an Platz was across the street, so that's where we ended up next. I found another Maibock (actually it was the one that I most wanted to try on this trip because I had brewed a clone recipe of it without ever getting to taste the real version at home), and my wife had their Jahrhundertbier. Both were outstanding beers, and the Maibock ended up being the second best one of the nine of these that I found on this trip. (It also compared very favorably with my memory of my home-brewed clone recipe.)

    Tuesday was an all-day side trip, and it was a bus tour to see Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Castles. That was a long day, so no beer-related places to report on for that day.

    (To be continued in the next post.)

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    Germany week 2

    It became obvious that we were wearing down from all of the activity, beer and food on this trip, so on Wednesday we decided to take it easy with a only train trip to Friesing to visit Wiehenstephan. This visit may have been the pinnacle of our entire trip. Navigating the train, the Friesing city bus system, and finding the pub in the university complex of buildings were all a challenge, but well worth it. The beer and food at Wiehenstephan were outstanding, with the Vitus Wheatbock and the Korbinian Dopplebock being the highlights. As good as the beers were, we ended up rating the food the best that we had for the entire trip. Afterwards, we found the path to be able to walk down the hillside to the train station (the weather was cooperating that day). We didn't end our day here though.

    We still had a bit of energy after we got back to our hotel, so we ventured out to the fairgrounds to check out Fruhilingsfest. We were still stuffed with food and beer, so just a quick walk around the midway was all that we did. Concession operators were all standing in front of their booths looking for customers because the place was dead, probably because the wind and chill were picking up again. We loved seeing the revolving bar that Hofbrauhaus had, just like being on a merry-go-round. But we couldn't bring ourselves to hop on to have another beer.

    Thursday had arrived already, and that meant a train trip to Heidelberg, where we were scheduled to stay only one night. The rain showed up again just as we were walking to our hotel, but we made it without getting too wet. Later we met up with an old college roommate who we had not seen for 46 years. We picked up chatting and telling old stories like no time had elapsed at all. Dinner and beers at Kulturbrauerie followed by more beers at Vetters was all that we could force our bodies to absorb that night. The next day we toured Heidelberg Castle and walked around the old city area before we met up with our former exchange student from 1996, who would host us the last three days of our trip in Michelstadt and Wiesbaden.

    Besides touring Schmuckers Brauerie and having dinner and beers at Michelstadter Rathausbrau, the last 3 days of the trip were essentially non-beer events. Oh, we did stop-in for a beer here and there while sight-seeing (even found some Kolsch in Wiesbaden), but wine was also a part of these last days.

    Our only exposure to any Paulaner beers on this entire trip was during one of these stop-ins while walking around the old city area of Frankfurt. So we ticked off another brewer for our list of accomplishments. (We also found a Paulaner Salvator and a Zwickl at an airport restaurant before our flight home, so those two beers ended our trip on a very high note!

    (Continued in next post)
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    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Food: I mentioned above that we had some mussels, frites, and a waffle slathered in chocolate in Belgium, and that is what our food intentions were all about – eat what the locals eat (presumably). During the Germany part of our trip we ate plenty of white asparagus. It was in season and on every menu we saw, and fortunately we like asparagus. But we also chowed down on pig's knuckle with potato dumplings, potato pancakes, sausages of all kinds, ox cheeks, liver dumpling soup, schnitzl, and plenty of sauerkraut, radishes, spaetzl, and German potato salad. I hope the pics make you hungry.

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    Take-aways:

    It's risky to visit Belgium and Germany in late April/early May because of the weather. We coped, but it detracted from our experience.

    If using downloaded Google maps to guide you, practice in your home town first. We didn't realize for almost a full day that when you turn a corner while walking and looking at your phone, North turns 90 degrees with you on the visual, which tended to make us want to go in the opposite direction. (Yep, we got lost and wasted some time.)

    Streets on a map sometimes turn out to be just a 'hallway' between two buildings.

    Many eating and drinking places don't take a credit card (all of our hotels did), so have cash in your pocket.

    The 'pay-to-pee' phenomenon wasn't as widespread as what I feared. For the most part, it occurs only in public places.

    Most of the places that we visited did not have a bar where you can have a quick beer before moving on to the next place.

    Every place where we had a beer also offered a serving size less than one liter, although Hofbrauhaus was a half liter only for their Weissbier.

    Saturday afternoon is not the time to go to Cantillon because the place is swamped. (I knew that but did it anyway.)

    The police cars and the taxis in Munich were all (?) Mercedes Benz vehicles.

    The train systems are amazingly efficient! We noted several times that trains on the opposing, adjacent tracks were probably traveling 100 mph, and were only 4-5 minutes ahead/behind another train on the same tracks traveling at the same speed (I hope).

    And lastly, we decided that we like beer a lot more that Apfelwein!

    Trip Summary:

    In Belgium we visited 10 breweries/beer-related places and drank 25 unique beers. These beers came from 12 different breweries, so we barely scratched the surface for experiencing different brewery offerings.

    In Germany we visited 28 breweries/beer-related places and drank 73 unique beers. These beers came from 24 different breweries, so again we barely scratched the surface for experiencing beers from very many breweries.

    Our highest rated beers were conveniently a tie score with one from Belgium and one from Germany. The Quad that we drank at De Halve Maan Brewery in Bruge was given a 4.5 score, and the Maibock at Klosterbrau in Bamberg enjoyed the same rating.

    After planning this trip and realizing our dates would include May 1st when Maibocks are released, I made it a point to search out these beers wherever we stopped because this is probably my most favorite beer style. I found 9 of them during the trip, and rated them all between 4.0 – 4.5 (I'm a stingy rater). I was happy with finding those.
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    Lastly, here are a couple pics that represent the:

    'I wish I had been invited to this party' award......
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    ….and the 'I hope I'll get invited to this party' award......
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    ….and I hope that party is held here........
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    Cheers!!
     
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  32. steveh

    steveh Poo-Bah (3,657) Oct 8, 2003 Illinois
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    Hah. One of the first things I noticed too -- except that it used to be Mercedes, BMWs, and a smattering of VWs tossed in. (oh, and the Police like their Porsches too. :grinning:)

    Planning the next trip? :wink:
     
  33. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    We have a trip planned to VA, NC and DE this fall, and are starting to talk about Europe again for next year. We left so much beer behind in Munich that I'd like to go back there, but my wife is bringing up England, Ireland and Scotland, so we'll have to 'discuss' things soon and begin to look at the prospects more closely.
     
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  34. Gutes_Bier

    Gutes_Bier Disciple (367) Jul 31, 2011 Germany

    Thanks for taking the time @Mothergoose03! It sounds like you did things right!
     
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  35. Seacoastbrewer

    Seacoastbrewer Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2012 New Hampshire

    Nice write-up. Sounds like I just missed you in Bamberg in early May. We did May 3-9 in Bamberg and 10-12 in Prague. You make it to Torchuster in Bamberg?

    Thanks for posting. Here's hoping others use this as motivation to go. It really puts waiting in line for double IPAs in perspective.
     
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  36. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    No, didn't stop in there. I think I saw it but it was not yet open for the day.
     
  37. gavinbrooksbank

    gavinbrooksbank Initiate (102) May 24, 2011 England

    top stuff, cheers for the write up
     
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  38. jesus_man

    jesus_man Initiate (45) May 8, 2015 North Dakota

    You sure did your time justice!! You hit the ground running and never stopped!! So glad you enjoyed it!! Thanks for sharing! Brings back some great memories! The Straffe Quad is one of my favorites! Did they have any barrel aged? mmmm super tasty!!

    Belgium seems to have endless beers to try. I spent 3 solid years doing just that as often as I could and still feel that I have much more to taste!!
     
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  39. belgiumking

    belgiumking Initiate (48) Aug 10, 2004 Florida
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    Might be too late when you see this reply...but you could check out the 2018 BelgiumKing Beer Tour...9day, 8 nights, 14 breweries including 2 Trappist monasteries and a beer festival.....belgiumking.com
     
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  40. PapaGoose03

    PapaGoose03 Poo-Bah (3,678) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    Thanks for the info. It is too late for 2018 for us to consider it, but I'm going to bookmark that website and see if it might happen in 2019.
     
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