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<A HREF="http://www.cnn.com/2008/TRAVEL/getaways/08/22/belgium.beer/index.html" TARGET="_blank">Belgium paradise for beer lovers</A><p><I>Four brews were lined up in front of me: Zot ("the fool"), the only beer actually brewed in Bruges, is considered one of Belgium's best. A kriek is made with bitter cherries. An apple lambic is what you'd order for friends who "don't like beer." <B>The Chimay, brewed by Trappist monks, was new to me and perhaps the smoothest and most complex brew I had ever tasted. Finishing my glass, I thought: Chimay would almost make celibacy livable.</B></I>
 

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Re: Rick Steves "discovers" Chimay and likes it (BarentsBlueV50)

BTW, I'll be in Bavaria as part of my OSD trip in October. (Who knew Oktoberfest is actually in September???) Does anyone have any info on breweries or pubs that I should not miss? Thanks.
 

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oh, if i could only get my hands on some Chimay...<p>I did findout that someone down the hall from me works for Surly Brewery and might be able to get me some of their World-Award Winning 'Darkness' on oct 25th when it comes out!
 

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Re: Rick Steves "discovers" Chimay and likes it (BarentsBlueV50)

I bet there is a guy in North Carolina smiling right now...<p>He will probably tell us "I told you so!"<p>Guess I will have to try one.<p>Cheers<br>William<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by William at 5:53 PM 8-22-2008</i>
 

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<I>I bet there is a guy in North Carlonia smiling right now...<br>He will probably tell us "I told you so!"<br></I><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <br> <IMG SRC="http://i127.photobucket.com/albums/p128/volvoosd/chimay.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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I can get it at a gourmet food store within walking distance from my home. I am sure we could work out the logistics <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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In our town you can buy chilled 75cl bottles at the Vons (division of Safeway) next to the lesser ales.<p>Tonight I'll be dining at one of our favorite restaurants, The Press. They've got Chimay White on tap. I'll be drinking a bottle of "Blue" in the requisite chalice.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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For the uninitiated:<p><A HREF="http://www.epinions.com/content_1703190660/tk_~CB002.1.41" TARGET="_blank">http://www.epinions.com/conten....1.41</A> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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First a Belgian beer tale:<p>On a business trip to Brussels a few years ago, I had a spare couple of hours to wander around, and decided to hunt down the "Manneken Pis" (spelling might be wrong), which is the famous statue/fountain of the little boy peeing. I found it, and by chance stumbled upon a gathering of the little organization/club that maintains the statue. Some 30 or so members were standing around, all wearing little pins and ribbons. <p>I don't know how often they do this, but they had dressed the statue up in a little set of clothes. (As an aside, in the little building/house next door they keep a collection of all of the outfits used over the years at these special events - most of the time the statue is left naked.)<p>More importantly, they had drained the fountain, and hooked up a keg of beer so that the little boy was peeing beer. One of the members was standing in the fountain, filling cups and handing them out. The club members seemed to be inviting passers-by to partake, so I joined right in. It was a pretty nice ale, although I did have a thought or two about the cleanliness of old fountain innards... But the chance to drink a beer poured threw the Manneken Pis seemed like a good opportunity.<p>On Oktoberfest:<p>Octoberfest in Munich runs for two weeks, ending on the first weekend in October. So it is mostly taking place in late September. <p>Here is what appears to be an official link:<p><A HREF="http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/index.php" TARGET="_blank">http://www.oktoberfest.de/en/index.php</A><p>It used to be that it was the traditional "big 6" brewers of Munich who each had their own big beer tent (Hofbrau, Hacker-Pschorr, Spaten, Lowenbrau, Paulaner, and Augustiner). But the web site above shows quite a few more big tents, from more brewers. The tents are pretty amazing (like a 3-ring circus big-top), complete with ornately-painted roof (from the inside), stage (think electric oompah band), and rows and rows of picnic tables. Just elbow your way into a free area of table, and start singing with your new best friends! It helps to bone up on the "Ein Prosit" song, to be able to sing along:<p>Eins, Zwei, Drei, g'suffa<br>(With Beer stein/glass in hand)<p>Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der gemiitlichkeit <br>Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der gemiitlichkeit <br>(Cheer!) Eins, zwei, Drei g'suffa! <br>Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, <br>Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi, <br>Prosit<p>As an aside, it used to be the case in Germany that each town/city had their own brewer, or several in the case of a city. And the local-brewed beer was pretty much all that was sold in that town. But now there are more nation-wide beers. So more choice, but a little less unique character.<br> <br>In addition to mass quantities of beer, there is a variety of cave-man foods, including pork shanks, and the ever-popular "chicken on a stick". Plus little bags of sugared roast almonds. And some carnival rides.<p>When I have been there, the police were VERY tolerant of friendly drunken behavior, but were at the same time VERY efficient at spotting and ejecting anyone who got belligerent. Which is as it should be. Then there are the "drunk corrals" - areas that are fenced off (behind little short wooden fences), where they take passed-out people. At least when I was there some years ago they just used these flat-bed wheel-barrows to carry people over, and they would just leave them in the corral to sleep it off. Perhaps there is more medical attention paid nowadays. <p>In terms of other things to do in Munich:<br>- have a few beers and maybe eat dinner at the Hofbrau restaurant, just a block or two away from the MarienPlatz and the old Rathaus with its famous glockenspiel chimes, which is a nice area to just hang out and people-watch.<br>- Some of the old churches in central Munich are worth touring - the Frauenkirche (spelling) and another one a couple of blocks away. Old churches in Germany often have interesting crypt areas, with tombs of old kings, bishops, and maybe even a saint. Plus sometimes things like skeletons wearing their old armor (in the case of a king or knight), or their old robes (in the case of a bishop).<br>- The Olympics park (from 1972) has a tall tower that gives a nice view<br>- If you are a BMW fan (perish the thought) then you might be interested in their HQ and museum, which I think was recently redone and expanded.<br>- Munich also has some very nice museums, both art museums, as well as history (but I forget the names now).<br>- depending on how far afield you want to go, there are lots of other interesting places in surrounding Bavaria: The Nymphenberg Palace right in Munich is pretty cool, and there are some of the other follies of Mad King Ludwig in surrounding areas - Neuschwanstein is the one that Disney modeled Cinderella's castle off of.<p>Have fun!
 
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