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Beer Travel / Re: Cologne and Dusseldorf trip in the works
« on: August 03, 2014, 12:36:30 PM »
If you take the ICE, Brussels is only like 3 hours from Frankfurt. The beer is way better there.

Beer Travel / Re: Cologne and Dusseldorf trip in the works
« on: July 24, 2014, 04:13:35 AM »
In Cologne: Haus Töller for dinner, Hausbrauerei Päffgen and Braustelle for beer.

Beer Travel / Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: July 18, 2014, 10:35:03 AM »
We just got back from Brugge and Brussel. We stayed at the Thon in Brussel and the Biskajer in Brugge. Thon was a basic, new hotel, but it had AC and we were on the 25th floor so the view was fantastic. Biskajer had a great breakfast included.

Mort Subite's beer was disappointing, but the building was really cool. If your time is limited, I'd stay away from Poechenellekelder too. It had a good selection, but the prices were high. It's right across from the Manneken Pis so most of the people there were buying cokes and didn't care about beer. Moeder Lambic was awesome. We went to the one on Fontainas. The staff was great and the selection was smaller, but better.

De Kelk in Brugge was awesome as well, with a huge selection and the bartender (owner?) really knew his stuff. There's a De Struise bottle shop in Brugge as well that's cool. Also Casa Patata had awesome fries and half chickens. That was really the best food we found. There are lots of places that are really expensive and not very good. Brussel has a lot more options for good food.

I would probably do like 2 days in Brugge and the rest of the time in Brussel. It's probably not as bad in the fall, but it was like Disney Land in Brugge. I think we saw maybe 5 locals in two days, and they were all at De Kelk.

Beer Travel / Re: Any recommendations for Brussels/Bruges?
« on: July 09, 2014, 05:03:19 AM »
Depending on your itinerary, you might want to get one of these while you're here:

There are lots of cool towns within a few hours of Brussels. Antwerpen, Ghent, Bruges (of course) and Ostend are all worth a visit, time permitting. I think you can skip Liege, the train station is kind of a amazing, but other than that, meh.

The Pub / Re: quotations
« on: May 07, 2014, 04:18:27 AM »
Oh, I agree with you.  Unfortunately, these days knowledge is dumbed down to popular opinion.

Twas ever thus. In college I had to read the book "Lies my teacher told me" in one of my classes. It's really amazing how much of history is popular opinion, and how little is based on fact.

The Pub / Re: Pete Coors doesn't get it
« on: May 06, 2014, 01:43:27 AM »
Never underestimate the ability of the mega brewery owners to make money. Remember how CBGB used to be cool, but now they sell those t-shirts at Hot Topic? If it's cool, capitalism will always find a way to destroy it.

The Pub / Re: quotations
« on: May 05, 2014, 09:33:17 AM »
My favorite Ben Franklin quote: "And while we are, as I may call it, Scouring our Planet, by clearing America of Woods, and so making this Side of our Globe reflect a brighter Light to the Eyes of Inhabitants in Mars or Venus, why should we in the Sight of Superior Beings, darken its People? Why increase the Sons of Africa, by Planting them in America, where we have so fair an Opportunity, by excluding all Blacks and Tawneys, of increasing the lovely White and Red?"

According to ol' Ben, "the Tawneys" also included Asians (all kinds), and he felt that the other "nonwhite" peoples we should exclude from America included Spaniards, Italians, French, Russians, Swedes, and all Germans except the Saxons. 

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Imported German Beers and haze
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:16:59 AM »
I'll keep an eye out on my next trip to Uerige. I'm pretty sure the barrels at Päffgen are real too. At the Ayinger Bräustüberl they have their standard lager from Holzfass, but only at 5pm every day.

All Grain Brewing / Re: Head Retention on A Wheat beer
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:08:32 AM »
When I first started brewing, I had a lot of beers with head-retention issues. One of the worst offenders eventually developed a noticeable off-taste. I think it could be a sanitation issue. I think there's a range where your beer can be infected, but below taste threshold, but it can affect stuff like clarity and head retention.

All Grain Brewing / Re: What is going on with my Kolsch??
« on: May 05, 2014, 07:03:21 AM »
The problem is, you brewed a Kolsch. That's the unruly American cousin of the well-behaved, proper Kölsch. No wait, that's the other thread. . .

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Imported German Beers and haze
« on: May 05, 2014, 06:58:15 AM »
Andechs Doppelbock is pretty tasty. I had that at the Kloster when I was in Bayern. Apparently, according to Ron Pattinson, the "wood barrels" they serve out of are fake there. Kinda weird, but the beer was still good though.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Imported German Beers and haze
« on: May 05, 2014, 02:55:14 AM »
There's a bar down the way that does 0,5L of Aventinus for 3,40€. I know it's a Weizenbock, but whatever. It's still awesome. I'll have to pick up some Celebrator and Salvator for "research" and see if there's a chill haze problem.

Got a chance to hit Schreckenskammer, Päffgen, and Mühlen on Friday afternoon/evening. We also hit up Haus Töller.

Hausbrauerei Päffgen was definitely my favorite. We had dinner at Haus Töller. They had Päffgen from the Holzfass (the wooden barrel), and the food was the best German food I've had since I moved here. I'd say it's a "don't miss" if you come here.

It's kind out on the edge of the inner ring, and I have no idea if the staff speaks English or not, but they'll bring you beer without you asking for it, and there's only a few things on the menu so you can probably get by just pointing.

Schreckenskammer was a bit disappointing. All of the tables were reserved, so we didn't stay long. The beer was solid, but not outstanding.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch glass source (stang)
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:59:37 PM »
Yeah, in Cologne it's "Koelsch" ... over here its just kolsch....

You should bring that up at the next BJCP board meeting. Apparently they've been doing it wrong this whole time.

General Homebrew Discussion / Re: Kolsch glass source (stang)
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:38:05 PM »
Yeah it's got a PDO (Protected designation of origin). I thought those were kinda silly before I got here, but it really makes buying food products a lot better, especially cheese.

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