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Title: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 09:03:22 PM
and 11 glorious days of beer and food. Damn I'm excited. We'll be staying:

2 nights in Amsterdam
5 nights in Ghent
1 night in Bamberg
2 nights in Munich

Really the whole trip is centered around beer, I can't even list off all the breweries we're going to. But among things I'm excited about are, La Trappe, Cantillon Opening brew day, Rodenbach, De Struise, In de Vrede cafe, Boon (Frank Boon is giving us a private tour), Zythos festival, pre-Zythos festival, Nacht van de Grote Dorst, Weyermann tour, and lots of things I'm forgetting.

Man I'm excited - and there's a pretty good chance that I might die while I'm over there, so if I never talk to any of you again, these last couple years have been fun!  :D
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Post by: bluesman on February 26, 2010, 09:12:14 PM
Man...I am SOOOOOOO jealous. Have a great trip!
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Post by: mikeypedersen on February 26, 2010, 09:13:33 PM
Wow, that sounds like it will be an amazing time!  Have fun and take lots of pictures!
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Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 09:20:30 PM
Thanks guys!




PS, with this on my mind I just had an idea, we should change the "Post" button on these forms to a "Prost!" button.  :P
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: Kaiser on February 26, 2010, 09:23:16 PM
How did you get a Weyermann tour?

Kai
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Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 09:30:42 PM
Lol. I wish I knew man. We're going with a group, so the host organized it.

I was under the impresion that they give normal tours, especially since they have a "How to get there (http://www.weyermann-malt.com/eng/kontakt.asp?go=af&umenue=yes&idmenue=44&sprache=2)" page on their website, but perhaps that is not the case? I know we get to check out the malting facility as well as their brewery.
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Post by: Kaiser on February 26, 2010, 09:35:12 PM
Lol. I wish I knew man. We're going with a group, so the host organized it.

I was under the impresion that they give normal tours, especially since they have a "How to get there (http://www.weyermann-malt.com/eng/kontakt.asp?go=af&umenue=yes&idmenue=44&sprache=2)" page on their website, but perhaps that is not the case? I know we get to check out the malting facility as well as their brewery.

That's cool.

They don't give public tours. But they do give tours to groups though.

Kai
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Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 09:40:24 PM
Ah, well that explains it. I'm looking forward to that + drinking a bunch of Rauchbier.
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Post by: glitterbug on February 26, 2010, 09:40:53 PM
Have fun and post some pics when you get back!
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Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 09:52:21 PM
Have fun and post some pics when you get back!
If I make it back, I certainly will.
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Post by: glitterbug on February 26, 2010, 10:08:08 PM
Have fun and post some pics when you get back!
If I make it back, I certainly will.

Your liver will punch you in the face when you return to America  8)
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 10:50:26 PM
Have fun and post some pics when you get back!
If I make it back, I certainly will.

Your liver will punch you in the face when you return to America  8)
At least my liver has the courtesy to wait until I get home.  :o
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Post by: mikeypedersen on February 26, 2010, 10:52:38 PM
If it really acts up, just drink it back into submission.....  ::)
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Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 11:11:37 PM
If it really acts up, just drink it back into submission.....  ::)
That'll learn it!  :D
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 26, 2010, 11:22:23 PM
One night in Bamberg is not enough!
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: tankdeer on February 26, 2010, 11:41:17 PM
One night in Bamberg is not enough!
I agree, but that ship has sailed. We'll probably be there about 30 hours or so
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Post by: hopfenundmalz on February 27, 2010, 02:08:44 AM
My picture is in the pub drinking a Schlenkerla Maerzen.

Spezial has wonderful beers, not as smokey as Schlenkerla.

Go to Mahrs for some great lagers.  

 I also recommend the brewing museum if it is open.  And the Dom.  Too much to see and do in 30 hours.
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Post by: tankdeer on February 27, 2010, 02:47:42 AM
Oh, I'm sure. It just gives me an excuse to go back
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Post by: 1vertical on March 07, 2010, 02:14:48 PM
 :P
I wanna goooooooo
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Post by: mikeypedersen on March 12, 2010, 09:48:53 PM
How was the trip?!?!?!

Can't wait to see pictures!
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Post by: tankdeer on March 13, 2010, 12:39:50 AM
F'ing fantastic. Just got back last night, with 23 bottles, several glasses, and a touch over 1400 photos. I'll try and wrangle some up to post - of course I've already told several people that same thing, so it may take a while. Overall it was a fantastic trip, we drank buttloads of great beer all over the place. I'll be going back for sure, although not sure when, as it was something of a cash-magnet. Oh well, totally worth it.
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Post by: tankdeer on March 25, 2010, 06:07:48 PM
A little teaser  ;D
(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4023/4463013342_0dfa46b8c8_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/tankdeer/4463013342/)
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Post by: bluesman on March 25, 2010, 06:34:13 PM
Now that is beer porn right in front of my very eyes.

more pics please...
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Post by: tankdeer on March 25, 2010, 06:38:06 PM
Working on it. It's a slow process. There will definitely be more to come...
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Post by: uthristy on March 31, 2010, 01:24:08 PM
Heading to the airport in a couple hours, Amsterdam,Utrecht, Keukenhof Gardens and some time in Antwerpen. :P
Some many beers so little time  ;D
cheers
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: tankdeer on March 31, 2010, 03:56:18 PM
Hey not fair. It seems like you go over there every other week. This was my first time.  :P

If you have a car, you should definitely hit up De Molen. They're about 30 minutes outside of Utrecht. Fantastic little brewery, and some good food in the pub too.

Cheers!
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Post by: uthristy on March 31, 2010, 04:52:09 PM
Don't be hating, its research....  :D

My time is tight as I got a <unplanned> invite to my  buddies club opening party @Stadhuisbrug 3,Utrecht,  So we'll stop by "Cafe Belgie" to start the night off   ;)

Cafe Belgie in Utrecht
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/12687
http://www.europeanbeerguide.net/utrepubs.htm#belgie

Friday we're going to visit friends near Henglo.

Saturday its time to party
http://www.trance-energy.com/

Sunday we'll be resting in amsterdam, after that the wife has control of our trip.

I do have a bottle of Hopslam & my citra apa (http://forums.morebeer.com/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=34021&start=30#p384400) to take to the Kulminator, lady said she likes hoppy beers.


Seems the clock is going real slow today  as the wait is killing me.
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: tankdeer on March 31, 2010, 06:19:33 PM
Sounds like fun. Enjoy
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Post by: uthristy on April 07, 2010, 03:16:24 PM
hallo from amsterdam ;D

off to drink some beer now
cheers
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: Kaiser on April 07, 2010, 03:24:55 PM
off to drink some beer now
cheers

Not according to your avatar :)

Kai
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: uthristy on April 07, 2010, 04:55:14 PM

Not according to your avatar :)

Kai

 had a few brews  at "In de Wildeman" too  ::)  you know to help cleanse the palate.

now some thai food :D
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Post by: tankdeer on April 07, 2010, 05:59:14 PM
had a few brews  at "In de Wildeman"
Great pub. Had a couple there myself. I probably don't need to tell you, but if you haven't been there before, check out Café Gollem as well. Great place. Right across the alleyway from The Cracked Kettle.
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Post by: uthristy on April 09, 2010, 12:17:53 PM
The only real find of the trip:
Troubadour Magma --- Brouwerij The Musketeers
Simcoe with another Big C hop?

Next was side by side-----  Westvleteren  12  vs St Bernardus Abt 12
Second time for this testing and again the Westy12 was miles ahead.

had a few brews  at "In de Wildeman"
Great pub.

Yep and you can smoke too  :o ;D :D  Spent a few days/nights just watching people walk by...


Cracked Kettle and Café Gollem, De Bierkoning all have Westvleteren.
Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: tankdeer on April 09, 2010, 06:25:59 PM
Cracked Kettle and Café Gollem, De Bierkoning all have Westvleteren.
Yup, it's pretty easy to get in Amsterdam. I didn't bother though - it was cheaper at the source.  ;D
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Post by: uthristy on April 13, 2010, 01:18:31 PM
check out Café Gollem as well. Great place. Right across the alleyway from The Cracked Kettle.

A few  beers in the afternoon @ Café Gollem to start the evening.
(http://i168.photobucket.com/albums/u167/Beer_Tour/th_Gollem.jpg) (http://s168.photobucket.com/albums/u167/Beer_Tour/?action=view&current=Gollem.jpg)
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Post by: tankdeer on April 13, 2010, 03:58:53 PM
Lookin good. That reminds me - I really need to edit and upload some photos.
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Post by: uthristy on April 13, 2010, 06:59:31 PM
Yes waiting to see some pics, I can only edit/upload alittle at a time before getting numb.

So what did you think of amsterdam? too much construction always going  for my taste.
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Post by: tankdeer on April 13, 2010, 08:39:45 PM
I know. I've been so busy lately, I frankly haven't had the time. And I agree with you, easy to get burnt out.

Amsterdam was certainly, interesting. There was indeed a ton of construction going on, but I noticed that in several other places too (Ghent and Brugge had quite a bit). The city was kinda cool looking, but hat a grimy, dirtiness that I didn't care for. Literally trash everywhere. But the architecture and canals were obviously cool, as well as the food/beer. It's really hard to form an solid impression having only been there once, and only for a few days.
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Post by: tankdeer on April 24, 2010, 05:30:58 AM
Ok, here's a handful.

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4545285358_75fb3cfb83_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4047/4544653219_27564b96f4_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4007/4545285840_5ff9daae1f_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4061/4545285750_5e64faac87_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4545285792_3c66ac8ff0_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4544653499_483137fd93_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4072/4545285996_e7e90901e3_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4030/4544653687_f3221d8d7a_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4049/4544653705_e1d294557f_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4036/4544653767_e79a8e0b64_o.jpg)

(http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4003/4545286480_bcb976ea19_o.jpg)
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Post by: uthristy on April 24, 2010, 01:29:53 PM
The 6th pic down is the back of the flower market, did you wave at the webcam over looking that spot where you took the photo ;)

http://www.terena.org/webcam/

Title: Re: So, Finally heading for Europe tomorrow...
Post by: tankdeer on April 24, 2010, 06:19:18 PM
I didn't even know there was a webcam.  :D But our hotel was right by the market so we walked by it plenty