@ beersk - There is an American guy in Germany, ex-military, IIRC, who does bulk orders of hops from America. He sells them for super cheap, sometimes much cheaper than we can buy here. My friend in Munich said he paid like ~$5 USD per lb on the last order. Malt is super cheap there, as well. You can get a sack of Weyermann bopils for like $40, shipped to your door. Not nearly as many LHBSs there, but there are a handful of good online shops.
@ Hoosier - I have a friend who goes to Prague every other year or so. She loves it there. It does sound super rad, more old-school European than some of the big cities in western Europe.
@ Jeff - yeah, I know what you mean. One of the guys I talk to is from near Brackwede, between Bielefeld and Dortmund, and he has never even visited Belgium, or the Netherlands. I was kind of amazed. I mean, it's like, a day trip, and a $20 train ride. I guess if you're from there, you don't appreciate how easy it is to travel.
@ Pinski - I'll probably have more advice after I've been there for a while, but I'd say learn as much German as you can. Most Germans under about 40 can speak English passably, but many older people don't speak any English. Among the 20-30-year-olds I talk to, one is fluent, but most have big holes in their English. Between my bad German and their bad English, though, we can communicate fine. So if you can learn some German and try to meet them half-way, I bet you'd have a much better time.
I've been to south and central America. I don't speak more than a few words of Spanish, and it was kind of a bummer. It was still awesome, but I think I would've had a much better time if my Spanish was better.