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RE: [OM] A tragedy has happened here

Subject: RE: [OM] A tragedy has happened here
From: "James N. McBride" <jnmcbr@xxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 22 Oct 2002 21:18:08 -0600
I'm not sure how a thread about beer got the word "tragedy" in the name as
it is a lovely subject. I have a friend who loves all kinds of beer. He
recently visited Ireland with the intent of spending most of the time in the
pubs enjoying the local brews. He was very surprised to see many of the
patrons (especially the young) drinking Budweiser which was very expensive
there. /jim

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[mailto:owner-olympus@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of John and Julie Ockman
Sent: Tuesday, October 22, 2002 6:37 PM
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Subject: Re: [OM] A tragedy has happened here

 I by no means consider myself an expert on German Bier. I have been
told many times, by many Germans, that if you want to start a fight with
a German, mention that the bier from his home town taste something like
cougar pi**. :) I spent 5 years in Bad Kissingen and Darmstadt(about1/2
the time in each). I had a few German friends, and almost all liked the
Schnieder brews, and I noticed a lot of the working people drinking
Tucher. Tucher was actually the 1st bier I enjoyed drinking at room
temperature, being like most Americans, and preferring the cold beer.
You have to understand, most any German Bier is better than an American
beer-they take all the character out of it here. I have tried American
micro brewery stuff, but it just is not consistantly good. I am trying
desperately to get back to de Bundesrepublik, but I am lacking the
cooperation of my wife, so I spend my few saved dollars on camera stuff.
I am only 45, and want to get back before I get too old. I really want
to go back and go all over Bavaria again. I spent a lot of time visiting
Gasthuases and restaraunts in small towns and sampling the local biers
when I was there before. I can not however, tell you the name of a
single one. I am also partial to the wines. I have a couple of Franken
wines in my stores that I am looking forward to consuming, and purchase
a fair amount of Piersporters and Rhine-Hessens that I can afford. I
usually get a Kabinett so my wife will drink it too. I like Mosels, but
not too often.
 Yes the photography in Germany, and all of Europe is wonderful. I have
many pictures I took with my my OM2. I just want to get the Ulm Kirche,
inside and out with a 24 shift(anybody want to lend me one?). I want to
use my wideangles to take pictures from the inevitable surrounding hills
of all the towns I visit. I want to use my 300/4.5 to take picture of
the small deer that I use to see all the time, especially when during
guard duty at my unit's ammo dump. And of the festivals that are held
all the time, for many reasons. I have many pictures of all these times,
but of course think I could do better now.  I want to visit a mountain
top called Steinkopf where I spent many a night on manuevers, and see
what I can do withiut all the Army presence

Volkhart Baumgaertner wrote:

> I really hope I don't start a huge off-topic thread, but to this I
> just _must_ reply.
> So, Schneider is actually very good for industrially (as opposed to
> small breweries, where the trade is still much regarded as an art,
> such as Hummel) made stuff, especially the Aventinus, but comparing it
> to Hummel's brew is like comparing McDonald's fast food to Paul
> Bocuse's cuisine (fortunately, the analogy does not extend onto the
> price :-) ). As for Tucher, in spite of their well-deserved reputation
> of making some of the worst beers in southern Germany, their dark and
> their wheat beer are drinkable, I'd say low average, but as to the
> rest - better forget it (yuck!).
> I am, of course, extremely spoiled. ;-)  If you look at the Bavarian
> brewery map, you will find one single area where it is almost
> completely black because there is barely enough space for all the dots
> which each represent a brewery. I live in the center of it. Villages
> with less than 500 inhabitants but two or three breweries are not
> uncommon at all around here, and 990f them practice brewing as an
> art. No industrial product will ever come close to what they make.
> Hummel is one of the best, with a big question mark behind the "one
> of".
> If you ever happen by our region, by all means send me a mail in
> advance so we can try to arrange for a little brewery tour (for a
> preview, just concentrating on the city which has about 75000
> inhabitants but only 9 breweries - there are _lots_ more in the
> surrounding county, partly even better ones, such as Hummel - I
> recommend http://www.beerguide.de/bamberg/bamberg.htm).
> Obligatory OM content: Many (or even most) of them are real
> picturesque old (often several hundred years) buildings, so you can
> combine the brewery tour with giving your OMs a workout.
> Thinking about it - it's been a while since the European OM-list
> meeting in Botrange. Hm....
> MtFbwy,
> Volkhart

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