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I really enjoyed the German, Czech, Belgian, and other beers while I was living in Europe. I'll try most anything once, although the Belgian beers are more of a dessert beer to me (too sweet for continuous consumption), and a love of the German wheat beer (Weizenbier) never blossomed. I guess I'm more of a traditionalist - give me a pils or a lager any day!

I've collected a few beer labels and deckels (the cardboard coasters they put under your beer glass). Here are some color scans of some of them, along with a few words about each brewery and/or brew. I've collected quite a few beer steins, too, but I haven't figured out how to post them on the web, yet....

CALWER ECK BRÄU, STUTTGART
A local microbrewery in downtown Stuttgart (on Calwer Straße, on the corner, the "Eck"). They have a number of different kinds of beer, and even beer schnapps. Their regular fare is a bit cloudy, and about as fresh-tasting as you can find - because it is! They pump it up from the cellar into your glass . . . . .
FAT ØL, OSLO
Ya gotta love a beer named FAT ØL! I got this label off a bottle while I was up in Oslo Norway on business. Norwegian beer is graded by its alcohol content; the higher the alcohol content, the higher the class; the higher the class, the greater the tax. FAT ØL is a class 2 beer (you can read it off the label) - medium high alcohol content . . . . .
BUDVAR, CESKÉ BUDÉJOVICE
There are two Budweiser Brewing Companies in the world. One is the one we all know, and the other is a local brewery in the Czech Republic. This page has two color scans of logos, and a rather long verbal description of a Beer Pilgrimage we took to Ceské Budéjovice, the ancestral home of the real Budweiser . . . . .

Flash!  Budvar is now imported to the United States under a different name - Czechvar!

 

PILSNER URQUELL, PLZEN
On the way home from Ceské Budéjovice, we had a train stopover in Plzen, Czech Republic, so we stuffed our bags in a locker at the train station and sprinted out into the Czech sunshine to get to the Pilsner Urquell brewery, just a short walk (trot? sprint?) from the train station. This Bohemian brew is imported to the States, but the stuff in the bottle bears no resemblance whatsoever to the stuff sold at the brewery . . . . .
DINKELACKER, STUTTGART
My all-time favorite beer is brewed right in Stuttgart. One of three major breweries in the city (Schwaban Bräu and Stuttgarter Hofbräu being the other two), Dinkelacker CD-Pils has a light and foamy consistency (well, light by German standards), and has that distinctive slightly bitter after-taste that keeps your tongue happy well after the swallow disappears . . . . .
SEA DOG, CAMDEN MAINE
"What's this one doing here??" you might well ask. Well . . . . .
OXBOW BREWING COMPANY, NEWCASTLE MAINE
"Loud beer from a Quiet Place™" This place is just 3 miles from our pre-retirement house in Maine, and we enjoy their handiwork often. You KNOW you're in trouble when the people who own and run the brewery know you by first name!
 

 

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