Next Stop: Beer-II
“They who drink beer will think beer.” (Washington Irving)
And just in case you wish to drink your senses all the way in and out then you may as well head towards Mexico City. Once there you may choose to party on tequila and beer. Being there in a bar you’ll probably hear some saying something like “Una cerveza por favor!” and that cerveza may be a Corona. Yet you may as well try other beers as well.
Leaving tequila to party tequila, we may as well head towards the place where beer seems to have been born, the very country where beer got to establish its own culture, namely Germany. The mecca of any beer lover certainly gets to be Munich. Though thinking about it better I do tend to say that Munich must have been only one of the many cities in which beer got to replace water as early as the Middle Ages. And perhaps in those times it was even safer to do this, with all the diseases that spread rapidly and led to people’s death. If you still happen to be thirsty, beer thirsty then you may feel like attending the by now famous Oktoberfest. And once you get to hear such words as “O’ zapft is!” meaning “the barrel has been tapped” you know that the festival celebrating beer has started. To many men Oktoberfest gets to be their idea of heaven and Munich certainly gets to be included in their list of planned or next to be visited destinations.
But while in Germany you may as well choose to visit Berlin, a city where you may certainly get into a whole myriad of beer gardens, serving quite as many different types of beer. It is here that one gets the opportunity or chance as you prefer calling it, to taste the local white beer, a beer known under the name of Berliner Weisse. If you enjoy sour drinks, this time one that may be accompanied by some syrup then this is the drink you’ve always wished to taste. And you get to do it in Berlin!
Benjamin Franklin once said that “Beer is proof that God loves us, and wants us to be happy.” I’d add to this that quantity and quality certainly make the difference as far as beer drinking is to be brought into the equation of traveling this time. Yet certain places do carry with them certain beer flavors or more at once depending on the place visited by one and certainly some memories. And just because it would be quite a pity to lose the chance to place one’s flag (one on which a huge pint of beer would be portrayed) on Irish lands too, we shall now head towards Dublin. Mainly because as some anonymous once said “An Irishman is the only man in the world who will step over the bodies of a dozen naked women to get to a bottle of stout.”
Thus a trip to Dublin may bring with it memories of some pub, some bartender (good looking or not) and certainly some beer, a bottle or more of them and most often Guinness. And if you happen to be an avid beer drinker then you’d most certainly get to remember that particular visit all too well and perhaps even get the chance to grasp the words of a this time Irish drinking song which gets to be most often associated with beer drinking, a song which funnily and perhaps ironically enough gets one “Under the Scotsman’s kilt”.
It could be stated that by reaching to all these destinations one may get to taste the very essence of a city, in its purest and sometimes more complicated flavor…as the case may be…Every place or almost every place on the vast map gets to be associated with a taste of beer, or wine or rum or whatever other drink may cross your mind. If one wishes to get its senses dead drunk while traveling from one destination to another he certainly can do this. Though not advised, every taste of beer accompanies one across the globe…Be it on a beach in Costa Rica drinking an “ice-cold” Imperial or in Greece lingering over a bottle of Mythos, in Montego Bay Jamaica enjoying the taste of a Red Stripe…there certainly gets to exist a beer culture, or at least one shared by all the beer lovers coming from various parts of the world. Much like Stephen Wright used to write “24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?” Coincidence or not I honestly do not think it is advisable to drink our life away or our traveling destinations. A sip or a bottle, two or more of them (as many as one feels that he can “carry”) would suffice…and the magnificent places visited would get to complete the rest…11