Local Heart, Global Soul

May 16, 2020

The Star Attraction…

Of course the private chapel here is the bonus point, not the main attraction. The small shop below the chapel sells what this place is more famous for: Beer. The “Kloosterbrouwerij Haagsche Broeder” (Brothers of the Hague Kloister Brewery) here in The Hague sells several sorts of beer, from light to darks. Himself prefers dark beer but said that personally he has to be in the mood for these particular ones as they don’t completely suit his palette.

Our good friends love these so much that they buy them here regularly.  I didn’t know this when I bought these though, only finding out when we got home, so when we visited these friends for dinner just a couple of days later, Himself shared them and the three of them drank them together. A perfect solution…

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December 12, 2014

A Brewery Tour With No Beer: …Seriously?

Filed under: GERMANY,Ichenhausen,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Every thought you had an excellent idea for an event and then found that reality didn’t quite live up to what you’expected?

When I signed up to the Autenrieder Brauereigasthof hotel in Ichenhausen’s  brewery tour, it seemed ideal.

The brewery makes soft drinks as well as beer, so something for the rest of the family to sample, it would be educational and the brewery was at the back of our hotel so no difficulties in getting there.

In yesterday’s post I have a photograph of a poster for a local beer museum,  it looked olde worlde as museums usually do and somehow I had imaginings of an old brewery going through my little grey cells.

I’ve never been a beer drinker, in fact I’d make the ideal brewery worker because I adore the smell of beer but detest the taste, I’m never ever going to be swallowing the profits. Still, I knew that when a free sample of the product was given out that Himself would be most accommodating when it came to relieving me of my unwanted tipple, so win-win.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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Tours take place in the evening when the production line is not in operation, and when I enquired about the advertised tours the lady at reception told me that they don’t do them for very small groups like our family of four, but we would be welcome to tag along with a pre-booked bus tour who were coming out on a day trip especially to see the brewery.

The bus group would stay the night in the hotel and then head home the next day. The idea that people come from far and wide especially to see this brewery seemed very positive so although the kids moaned a little, Himself and I told them that this was going to be fun and as a special favour to their Papa we should do this as a family.

They grumbled a bit more but then agreed. We therefore joined a large group of German tourists and were led into the brewery by our guide. Red flags telling us that we might not be getting the experience we expected appeared about ten minutes into the tour.

The German being spoken by the guide is motoring along at the same speed as the autobahn speed limit. It’s impossible to follow.  Himself tries but admits defeat after a few minutes.

Apart from the younger bus driver, the bus tour group is made up of beer aficionados and all of them are a lot older than us.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Some of the bus tour people seem to be speaking a German dialect, which the tour guide also knows. There is no provision for English translation. We understand not a single word.

Well, I lie… I hear the word “beer” fairly frequently but that’s not particularly helpful in the deluge of words.

The guide likes to describe everything in detail. Absolute, minute, amazing, astonishing detail.

We stand for fifteen minutes at the first “stop” where apparently something to do with the sourcing and composition of ingredients is being described.

I find a step to sit on. Little Mr gets tired of standing and comes and sits on the knee of my good leg.

Then the guide indicates that we are about to move on to the next “point”, but before that does anyone have any questions? Several hands shoot up. The questions appear to be as long winded as the forthcoming answers.  More than ten minutes later we move into a small cinema screening area.

The movie, with it’s moving pictures more or less explains itself and we get ready to move on, the guide asks if there are any questions.  Sadly there are, many of them, and more than ten minutes later we are finally out of the cinema area. At each stage the long long explanation of everything around us is repeated and the guide asks if there are any questions.

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For some reason this group always have questions and with every positive response to this question I groan inwardly. The hours are ticking by. The outside doors have been locked behind us for reasons of security and the route back to where we came in is not a direct one.

The bus group move on enthusiastically and at one point I work out at we sat for roughly twenty minutes listening to information and then answers to questions.

The children are now not just bored ridged but also getting really tired. I don’t blame them, I am too. Even Himself is giving me the eye that escape would be preferable if only we knew were the exit was. The tour goes on and on and on.

For the bus tour group they got more than their money’s worth of information and they appear to be having the time of their lives, for Family Kiwidutch it was an unmitigated disaster.

Finally we round a corner where crates of the cola, fizzy fruit juices and beer made here are stacked from floor to ceiling. Another ten minutes paced with boundless information I don’t understand. At least there should be a tasting around the corner right? Wrong. After the last question is answered we are lead to a door and find ourselves outside the building.

The guide is locking up and going home, the bus tour is cheerfully heading to their set-menu dinner in the hotel restaurant. Himself asks the guide as best and amicably as he can in German if there are maybe samples of the beer? or something for the children? No, there aren’t any, the bus tour folks get a free drink with their meal, as tag-alongs to their group we get nothing, but we can always buy ourselves something at the hotel bar.

What? A Beer tour with no sample of the product at the end of it? Seriously? There’s not even any olde worlde stuff to excite me, everything is stainless steel and soulless. I have never spent an evening so bored stiff in all my life.

I don’t blame the kids their complaints. I fact I found them exceptionally valid. Had I had even the slightest clue before hand how this was going to be beforehand I never would have done it. Even Himself was disappointed. This is a tour for those who adore beer, who want more information than you thought possible or probably ever wanted on the topic of beer, for  people who can keep up with all of this information delivered in light-speed  rate German and who enjoy all of this with no sample of the product at the end.  That’s just not us.

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December 11, 2014

Looking For A Brew And Finding A Brewery…

Filed under: German Cuisine,GERMANY,Ichenhausen,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Family Kiwidutch have checked into the Autenrieder Brauereigasthof hotel in Ichenhausen, Germany and like most hotel bookings made these days, I booked it on-line.

When searching the internet I’d been wondering about the weather and activities that would suit every member of the family to some degree or another.

The hotel’s indoor swimming pool was mainly for the children should the weather be too cold for outdoor pursuits, the family room and wifi were for practicality and to fit the budget and there was an extra attraction especially for Himself: Beer. Of course Germany is the home of many an excellent beer and we didn’t need to travel for over seven hundred kilometres to get one of those, but the distance covered was for an entirely different reason, one that will be explained in due course. My reasoning when booking the hotel was that should we encounter inclement weather during our stay and wish to stay more of the time indoors and at the hotel, that there should be something for Himself to enjoy too, and by chance this particular hotel came with something that was sure to keep Himself very happy indeed: it’s own brewery.

My tee-total status has been useless in the “designated driver” stakes because my foot accident has reduced Himself to being the only fit driver, ergo, he can not enjoy alcohol with a meal out and then get behind the wheel to take us home. Therefore the possibility of  enjoying some local beers in the restaurant or back in the family room in the evening is appealing. Therefore we make enquiries and signed Family Kiwidutch up for a beer tour.

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Grain delivery…

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August 7, 2012

Mike’s Beer…. Organic, Whisky,Coffee, Imperial or Pale Ale Brew?

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Beer, glorious beer! Of course we are looking at the main product of Mike’s Brewery… There are Porters, Pale Ales, specialist beers like Whisky, Coffee  or Imperial Porters, which are limited editions in individually numbered bottled and all organic! I’m no beer drinker but we bought some to take with us for Himself to enjoy and review later and Himself said he was very pleased with his selection because everything he bought tasted very good.

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May 24, 2010

We only got Here On Time, once in a Brew Moon…

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Quick post today because we have a massive family Party going on…. and I’m doing the buffet for it.. the kitchen calls. I’ll share recipes later, things so far are tasting goooood….

If you head out of Christchurch, The biggest city on New Zealand’s South Island and travel north for just over half an hour, you will come to the small town of Amberly.  Just outside of Amberly (one maybe two km’s) you’ll find a local  independent  beer brewery.

It’s called “Brew Moon” .. if they brew only once in a Blue Moon I have no idea… but Himself wanted to stop in and grab a few bottles to try.

Now I have a confession: I adore the smell of beer, I could inhale the smell all day long, but the taste is wasted on me completely. Honestly I have tried hard to like it, but to no avail.

That’s probably why I now discover that I completely forgot to take a photo of the bottles,  (Beer lovers amongst you please don’t get your hops in twist, I know I’m just a Pineau de Charantes drinking philistine LOL). We  intended to go to the cafe, but family appointments were so much fun that we always stayed later than we intended and thus have always managed to pass by here very late in the evening or on Public Holidays, ie. only at times when the place  is closed.

On this occasion we have luck, it’s open, we turn into the carpark in time to see them putting stuff away, it’s early evening and they are about to close, Himself races inside to buy a few bottles before they close up the till whilst I wait  by the car with two tired kids, and take a few photos.

Himself finally has success in obtaining some brew to try, I have less success with the photos, probably due I think,  (ok, I know), to the not so small distraction of two tired kids beginning what sounds like World War Three in the back  of the van.

Note to Self:  Next trip we need to come back here, Himself says the dark beer is very favourably comparable to Guinness and if the beer is good then I’m hoping the the food in the cafe is too.

It’s on my Wish List of places to look further into next trip…

Meantime, If you like a Guinness style brew and are passing by Amberly, then stop in at Brew Moon, pick up  a few to take home  and you won’t be disappointed.

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