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Old 09-25-2012, 10:13 PM   #1
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Hey guys! I'm headed to Germany for two weeks. I'll be all around the country. What are some must try beers? Considering I'm a west coast IPA kinda guy, is there anything in that range?

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Old 09-26-2012, 04:30 PM   #2
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Germany is not known for IPA type beers. There may be a few small breweries experimenting with that style, but you are unlikely to find any.

Go to Koln and have Kolsch, go to Dusseldorf and have Alt, go to Bamberg and have Rauchbier. If you want hop bombs, I hear San Francisco is good for that.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:41 PM   #3
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Definitely Dusseldorf.

If you want a truly unique experience, spend one night in a little town called Zuzenhausen. It's barely on the map, just outside of Hiedelberg. The Daschenfranz Brewery is a B&B. There is an awesome restaurant/butcher shop down the block called The Ox(sic).

Incidentally, Hiedelberg is on of the few German cities that wasn't leveled in WWII, and it has a castle.
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Old 09-26-2012, 04:58 PM   #4
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Go to Augsburg it will be worth the trip close to Munich plus you can do alot of day trips from there,don't let the trip be about beer !! but Andechs Monastery is close to there so is King Ludwigs castles,there is alot of plus
there is the Weihenstephan brewery is very close to there as well.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:03 PM   #5
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I took 27 trips to Germany in 4 years and you won't find much in the way of hoppy beers (per the American pallet). My favorite was Erdinger Dunkel (dark wheat beer) and Kostritzer was good. Duckstein if you can find it is a great red-blonde.

I was stationed just north of Leipzig in the East. The nice thing about Germany is that basically all of their beers are micro-brews, it seems each modest size town has a brewery. So expand your horizons. The only thing they don't do well is fruit beer - their idea of fruit beer is taking beer and adding fruit syrup.

Being from the midwest it was pretty cool to drive down country roads in Germany and see hop farms here and there (that's what got me hooked on growing my own).

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:16 PM   #6
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Incidentally, Hiedelberg is on of the few German cities that wasn't leveled in WWII, and it has a castle.
My understanding is that Bamberg also wasn't leveled either. There wasn't enough industry in the area to bother. It has a great Olde World feel.

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Old 09-26-2012, 08:58 PM   #7
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I told my fiancee I will forgo my next 10 birthdays so we can save up to go to Munich. I'd love to visit the Ayinger brewery and stay at their hotel. They are one of my favorite breweries, bar none.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:30 PM   #8
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We will be in Augsburg for X-mas my wife is from there and will go to Bamberg again

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:34 PM   #9
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Kneitinger In Regensburg has my absolute favorite bock beer. They also have great Schweins Hax'n. Regensburg is a beautiful city and has 5 breweries in the area including Weltenburg which is the oldest monastery brewery in the world. Regensburg is about an hour by train from Munich.

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:35 PM   #10
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+1 for Kostritzer. Their Black lager is amazing.
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