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Old 05-25-2009, 01:54 AM   #1
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I'm headed to Germany soon with my family and we'd love to stop by some great German Breweries to tour and taste. Any suggestions? Preference towards destinations in the Frankfurt / Heidelberg area.

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Old 05-25-2009, 03:16 AM   #2
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I'm headed to Germany soon with my family and we'd love to stop by some great German Breweries to tour and taste. Any suggestions? Preference towards destinations in the Frankfurt / Heidelberg area.

Thanks guys, this place is great.
How long will you be there? You have a rental car? Everything in GE is close..........takes longer to drive across texas than all of central europe.

I spent almost 4 years there (Wuerzburg). If I was going to go back........my must see again list would include

Ludwig's castles (including the famous "disney" castle).
Garmisch, and the Zugspitz
Drive into the Czech Republic, to Plzen..........and tour the Pilsner Urquell brewery---birth place of the pils style lager. The sampling is off the charts.

The beer is awesome.........there are lots of little brewerys that offer tours.........you'll need a brewery guide for that (they used to sell them at the Frankfurt Airport), but you don't need to hunt for brewerys to get the good stuff.

Every po dunk biergarden will have awesome brews.
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Old 05-25-2009, 05:26 AM   #3
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A couple years ago, I stayed at a BB&B* in Zuzenhausen, which is about 20km south of Heidelberg. Highly recommend it. the town has a population of about 2,000. the butcher shop restaurant makes the best the best liverwurst on the planet. Oh yea, the beer kicks ass as well!




* bed, breakfast and brewery

now to find the name.....


EDIT: damn, can;t find it. It;s the only hotel in Zuzenhausen, should not be hard to find. I HIGHLY recommend it. If you run into the burgermeister of Zuzenhuasen, tell him I said hello, and stay away from his schnapps!!

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Old 05-25-2009, 01:38 PM   #4
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Takes a few hours to get from Frankfurt to Garmich.

I lived in Friedberg from 85-89. Lots of good beer to sample. In Frankfort search out an area called saxenhusen.

The local brewery in Friedberg is Licher. Google it. Pretty good beer.

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Old 05-25-2009, 01:59 PM   #5
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Anything near Berlin you gents might suggest?

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If you're able to find it (it's out on the internet somewhere for download! Or perhaps at your local library?) I highly recommend watching The Beer Hunter with Michael Jackson, specifically the episode entitled "Germany - The Fifth Element". That will give you a fantastic feel for the beer culture in Germany.

By the way, anywhere in Bavaria (Munich area) is worth visiting in terms of beer!

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Old 05-25-2009, 10:12 PM   #7
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You could try Bitburg they have a large one and then Primasens they have the strongest beer I have ever had.

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I'm not familiar with the beer scene in Frankfurt, but Munich is only about a 3 hour drive away. Hoffbrau House, Lowenbrau House, Paulaner House, all within walking distance and definitely worth the effort. I have very fond memories of Munich. I second the recommendation to drive into Czech Republic. Pilzen is not particularly nice, but the Urquell brewery is legend. A 3 or 4 hour drive. Definitely worth pressing on into Prague if you do this ('cause it's just so darn nice) if you get the chance. I also recommend a small town just north of the Austrian border as a nice route back. I can't remember the name of the town (it's quite unpronounceable) but this is where the Budvar brewery is (though you can get the stuff here; I think it's been renamed to Czechvar or something). By accident I stumbled across an underground Gothic beer hall. That was fun, it was like drinking in an ancient underground church.

Or... you could go West if you like Belgian beers and want to try some of their best (that you won't find anywhere else). Brussels is also only about a 3 hour drive, and Cologne is an excellent place to stop and is about half way.

I'm jealous. I wish I could tag along for the ride...
PS. You'll love Heidelberg.

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Anything near Berlin you gents might suggest?
In what used to be west Berlin there is a cool Irish pub but I forget the name. It is near a polish army base.
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If you're able to find it (it's out on the internet somewhere for download! Or perhaps at your local library?) I highly recommend watching The Beer Hunter with Michael Jackson, specifically the episode entitled "Germany - The Fifth Element". That will give you a fantastic feel for the beer culture in Germany.
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