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Going Pro / Re: Biggest barrier?
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:54:27 PM »
ROI's for most small businesses are negative for something like 5 years, at least. Beer is a low-margin, capital-intensive industry, so I suspect it's worse than that, on average.

However, I know of a few breweries that got crazy successful accidentally, so I guess it's kind of a toss-up between spending $1m on a brewery vs $1m on lottery tickets.

The Pub / Re: Imported beer, German edition
« on: April 24, 2014, 09:30:42 PM »
I've been in Germany since February. I have no idea how the fishing is here but I'm having a great time regardless. I've heard the fly fishing licenses cost a few grand here but I haven't looked into it personally.

The Pub / Imported beer, German edition
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:56:26 AM »

Saw this in the Feinkost (fancy food) section of a local supermarket. A single can will set you back about $2.20, plus $0.35 for the deposit. Below are cans of Busch, also the same price.

For reference, a .5l bottle of something you'd actually want to drink runs about 0,65-0,95 euro here, with an 0,08 Pfand.

They do have a few good American beers here, but I haven't bought any. You can buy 750ml bottles of Brooklyn's Local 1 for around 20 euros ($27-ish). They also have 330ml bottles of Firestone Walker for 3 euros.

Going Pro / Re: Biggest barrier?
« on: April 24, 2014, 11:19:14 AM »
How many folks here have tried and failed?

Funny thing about the Internet, people love to talk about how awesome they are, but they get real quiet when they fail. It's really too bad, because I think there's a lot to be learned from failure, and better still when it's others' failure.

I worked for me for almost 30 years.  It sucked.

I have to agree, although luckily my stint was only ~3 years.

It's really awesome to be able to go on vacation now.

Beer Travel / Re: Köln, Dortmund and Düsseldorf recommendations?
« on: March 17, 2014, 05:22:00 AM »
I think Ron's guide is a bit dated. I didn't find it all that helpful in Munich. Maybe the Duesseldorf and Koeln guides are better.

I went to Fuechschen and Schloessel yesterday. I think I liked the former better than the latter, but I'll give it another shot the next time I'm there.

Beer Travel / Re: Köln, Dortmund and Düsseldorf recommendations?
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:13:49 PM »
Awesome! thanks for the recommendations. I've got a train+bus pass for the whole state so it's no problem getting around.  I haven't been to Bonn yet either but it's on my list.

Beer Travel / Köln, Dortmund and Düsseldorf recommendations?
« on: March 11, 2014, 12:17:53 PM »
anyone have any must-try beers from the region? of the Kölschs I've tried Mühlen, Früh, Sion, Küppers, Gaffel, and Testers. The last was my favorite so far.

 of the alts I've tried Diebels,Hannen and Frankenheim. Hannen is the cheapest beer I've found in Germany, but also one of my favorites.

I haven't made it to Dortmund yet, but if anyone has any recommendations, please let me know!

Beer Travel / Re: trip to europe
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:21:52 AM »
Yeah, the best part about London was the cask ales on hand pump. Plus the ambiance of drinking in a 400-year-old pub. I don't think you can really bottle that.

I talked to a British expat in München, and he said the beer he'd buy there tastes different after the 10-hour car trip to England. I'm not sure what the deal is, but it must be something about the beer not traveling well.

Commercial Beer Reviews / Cornelius-Bräu Sanctus
« on: March 04, 2014, 02:19:55 AM »
I picked up a bottle of this the other day. It's brewed here in Aachen, but I thought it was a really good Belgian-style blond. I think the brewery is pretty low-tech. The bottles had uneven fill-levels, and I've read reviews where the carbonation level was off, either too much or too little. The bottle I had was perfect. It was pricey (3 euros per bottle), but if you're in the area I think it's worth trying.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:18:24 AM »
I got a head-flu yesterday, so that's put a damper on my drinking. Hopefully I'll rally enough to make it down to Borough Market before I leave on Monday!

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 20, 2014, 10:48:15 AM »
Bonus London edition!

So I went to visit a friend in London. I know a week is hardly enough time to make a decision about a place, but here are my initial thoughts: I found a bunch of "craft beer" pubs here, but they were all super trendy, and crazy expensive. Like 6-10 pounds per pint, and quality was pretty middling, compared to "craft" beers in the US. But, maybe of the dozen or so I tried, I just got all the bland ones.

Also, a lot of the pubs are owned by chains now. Nicholson's pubs are decent, as far as selection and price (more like 4-5 pounds per pint), but my favorite were the Samuel Smith pubs. Many of them have the Old Brewery Bitter on cask/hand pump, and they all seem to have the Extra Stout on nitro. Their Dark Mild was good too. The pubs seem to be the stereotypical "British pub" of my imagination: 19th century styling, dark wood, and at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese the front door is on a narrow alley, and you can sit in the basement alcoves.

I have been pretty impressed by the ciders here. I had a handful of them at one of the craft places, and they were really good, although most tend to be pretty sweet.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 11, 2014, 01:45:02 AM »
I don't really want to go to Oktoberfest. I'm not an agoraphobe or anything, but I'd rather have a quiet beer with friends than get black-out drunk with a million people. I mean, if I'm in the area, I might go (once).

It's definitely cheaper to go in the off-season. I found a one-way plane ticket for $600. I've been staying with a friend, which makes it cheap too, but there are cheap-ish hotels in the suburbs if you don't mind the train. The big hostels are actually kind of expensive, if you want a single or double room. There's an OK hotel in Maisach that's 25 euros a night for a single room. Even if you have to spend 8 euros a day for a train pass, it's a better deal than the hostels in the city. Plus I just like taking the train.

I went to Andechs yesterday. There are tour busses that can take you to the monastery, but I suggest taking the walking path (Pilgerweg). It's a really nice walk through the forest. It's maybe 4km, and it's uphill, so going there felt like it took a while, but coming back went fast.

I hung out with a retired Swiss army guy, and this group of older people shared their picnic lunch with me. Apparently Andechs is where all the pensioners hang out. It was really cool to hang out with them. That kind of thing is why knowing German is helpful. The day-to-day stuff you can get by fine with no/limited German, but it's harder to make connections like that if you can't talk to each other.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 10, 2014, 12:15:28 AM »
Went to Augustiner Keller by accident yesterday, by Hackerbrucke street. Watched some people play Eisstockschießen for a while in the biergarten, and they had a hand-made crafts market in the bierhalle. It was pretty cool.

Beer Travel / Re: Initial thoughts on Munich
« on: February 07, 2014, 06:16:01 AM »
When we went to Hacker-Pschorr, we just stuck our heads in the door to the brewery, and asked if we could look around. The guy working there gave us a brief tour, and then we hung out and talked about brewing for a while. It was pretty rad. Patrick (my friend) said that probably wouldn't have worked if they were busy, but it was around lunchtime and there was hardly anyone there.

The open fermenters were really cool to see, but the rest of the brewhouse was modern.

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