I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Monday, September 29, 2014
The Germans brew good beer, but the brands
we are used to in Canada are brands such as Becks or Heineken (Although
Heineken is Dutch not German). This is a nice quality style brew, but not
really exciting. I have discovered that if you dig a little below the surface,
there are some quite interesting German beers. Since I have written about the
beers I discover as I travel, I thought I’d let you know about some of the
excellent beers I have discovered so far.
Bamberg Smoky Beer Pub
In Cologne, one of the optional tours was a
“Pub Crawl” to sample some of Cologne’s unique Kolsch style beer. This is a top
fermented brew only produced in the city of Cologne. It is served in pubs all
through the city, but a pub is only allowed to serve one brand of Kolsch. It is
always served in small thin glasses unique to the beer. People often are
deceived by the small glasses and think they can drink more than they should.
The pub crawl was interesting. You normally
associate “pub crawling” with a younger crowd, but our gathering was a group of
slightly older beer drinkers and we attracted a few stares as our group of 10
noisy seniors entered their pubs.
The beer itself was very good, and although
we all agreed that each brand was unique, and tasted slightly different,
everyone enjoyed them. I had a bit of a problem however, because since Regis is
not really a beer drinker, I had to help her, so I ended up having double the
beer. Oh well, everyone has their crosses to bare.. . .
Another nice German Beer
In Bamburg, we discovered yet another quite
interesting German beer. In this city they brew a unique beer with a smoky
taste. This beer is made with a barley that is smoked, and we were warned that
it is not to everyone’s tastes, and we might think it tasted a bit like bacon.
When we arrived at the pub where the beer was brewed, it was immediately obvious
that it was very popular with the locals, not only was the pub itself packed
but the street out front was also packed with people enjoying pints of the
brew. I wondered how they maintained their inventory of beer glasses with them
all wandering the streets, but discovered that if you want to take the beer
outside you pick it up at a window where you pay a deposit on the glass.
I would hardly call it a bacon flavored
beer, but certainly the first mouthful had a smoky taste. After that it was
just a very nice beer. I’m looking forward to sampling some more beer along the