“A long time ago, way back in history / When all there was to drink was nothing but cups of tea / Along came a man by the name of Charlie Mopps / And he invented a wonderful drink and he made it out of hopps…” (Drinking song, “Beer, Beer, Beer”) <-300×250 Medium Rectangular->
Blonde, brunette, tasty, bitter or sweet- I may be talking about women or just meaning to approach beer. When it comes to beer, there seems to be a worldwide obsession with this beverage, yet there are others who simply do not get it how and why other people like it. There must be something wrong with their taste buds or they may be right. I have to admit I am no beer drinker, except on rare occasions and even then with a grin on my face, yet when it gets to travelling to discover the taste of beer in various parts of the world I would certainly join the group. If only to see new places and sip a mouthful of beer, each time a distinct carrying flavor if possible and let the real by now proclaimed beer drinkers enjoy their moment.
Therefore, you all alleged beer drinkers, come join my beer promenade, one that would carry you in various parts of this round or so I have been told globe of ours. By saying this I may as well quote a question that may very well find itself on each and everyone’s lips, a question that wonders over the ways in which a beer is simply capable “to carry us to places far away and sometimes long forgotten?” As someone once said, it may be because our senses find themselves somehow stirred by the very thought of travelling and thus getting to discover or re-discover places. The question sounded more like this “Is it because our senses are piqued when we travel?” And I think we could agree to this as when on holiday we somehow allow ourselves to experience things at their highest intensity, being perhaps more sensitive to whatever sounds that otherwise would pass by us mutely and even get to taste things differently, perhaps more intensely than otherwise. Most often when embarking upon a holiday or a short run away we promise ourselves to be willing to try other things as well while away. Most of the times we do this when reaching our destinations, yet some other times we reject them no longer willing to respect our initial promises.
As piqued as our senses may be when on traveling grounds, beer certainly manages to make them even more alive and alert. Thus, we get to associate certain locations with a certain beer taste…if only we happen to be beer drinkers of course or at least willing to turn ourself into one such drinker.
A beer drinker will most probably welcome each and every new place he steps the threshold of with a one question only “What gets to be your local beer?” Once he received the answer, you’ll probably see him roaming the streets of the respective city in search for that indicated location, a location where he knows, most of the times because he has been told so, he is going to have the chance to leisurely sip from that one beer referred to in terms of local beer. Sometimes that bottle of beer gets to be part of the culture and traditions of that city. Once he tasted that beer or a whole dozen of them he finds himself able to assign that beer a place in his top of beer preferences.
A beer guy certainly knows that the best Heineken will be the one tasted in Amsterdam, and that while in Prague he must not lose the opportunity to linger over a bottle of Pilsner. This drinker also knows that while in Strasbourg, France he has to give it a chance to what the French people have discovered to be the best sold beer there, namely Kronenbourg and that when finding himself on the streets of Milan he must quench his thirst with a Peroni. How about Spain? What should a beer fan try when in Spain? The simplest advice would be for him or her to simply skip the Sangria and get to experience the taste of an Estrella Damm.
You may say that the taste and particular smell of beer is going to simply carry the beer lovers from one place of the world to the other. One may end up starting his beer journey from Prague, since it is by now well known that Czechs do pry themselves on being just about the most “avid beer drinkers in the world”, being able to consume no more and no less than “156 liters per capita per year.” And if these figures managed to stir your curiosity more than the beer itself then you’d better get in the saddle of a plane this time and place yourself at Strahov Monastery Brewery, a place from where you should perhaps start your journey into beer matters and in this particular case into matters of Czech beer history. Surprised to find the word “history” here? You shouldn’t be mainly because beer making gets to be a tradition and one dating back as far as the 17th century too. Here, the great-great-great grandfather used to make beer and so did the great-great grandfather and his sons and daughters too. And by simply taking a look at the volume of alcohol one can at first see mentioned on the beer bottle and afterwards get to see it rather blurred…one may have a hint as far as the “hardness” of these beers is to be brought into discussion. I am referring here to those many dark, strong beers that can make one respire beer through its pores, true a 12% alcohol beer, yet nevertheless beer.
After Prague, I think Amsterdam would be just about the next destination on our beer map (if any such map of course). Home to Heineken, a brand which most certainly you will see displayed all over the city, Amsterdam will welcome you with its tulips, bicycles, canals and of course the already mentioned bottle or bottles (if you happen to be thirstier) of Heineken.
And once you’ve tasted beer in Prague and Amsterdam you may as well try some with chocolate…nowhere else but in Bruges. As far as I’ve heard there gets to be a pretty wide palette of beers from which the tourist who also may happen to be a beer drinker may choose from. The number brought in gets to be 350, in this case 350 types of beers…not only in Bruges but all over Belgium. Have you ever heard people mentioning the so called lambic beer? Any beer lover certainly knows about it, if not for its taste then certainly for the way in which it is produced, namely through instant, spontaneous fermentation, various fruits being added probably to just enrich its taste. Therefore, this gets to be a location where you can have them all, namely chocolate, beer and fruits, sometimes combined and sometimes one at a time. It all depends on how you prefer! I’d honestly try one such beer, especially when being told that each of them “gets to be served in its own specialized glass.”11