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5th Annual Beer Festival

After a two year hiatus I attended Wrocław’s annual festival of good beer that took place for the 5th year in a row this past weekend. Due to the ever growing popularity of the festival, and growing popularity of smaller brews in general, this year the festival had moved from its original location near a castle…

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Oktoberfesting

Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany since 1810. It runs 16 days from late September and ends on the first weekend of October during which millions of people visit, and millions of liters of beer is consumed. Growing up in the States I know that Oktoberfest is usually identified…

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Munich Walking

Our GOVECS headquarters is located in beautiful Munich, Germany, but I rarely get to see the city as we plan our flights around spending as much time in the office as possible. However this one trip was different. Much different. And while you will see just why in tomorrow’s Oktoberfest post, today I will throw…

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Czech Snow Fun

I spent Saturday tearing up Czech slopes with my boss buddy Nick and his girlfriend Mariola. Poland has its fair share of ski resorts yet for some reasons everyone I know always makes the drive to the Czech Republic down south. Those reasons may have to do with the cost and the bang you get…

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Shandy vs Radler

There’s nothing better than an ice cold beverage on a hot summer’s day. Well, maybe air conditioning but with the heat being more of a temporary thing in Poland, at times AC is hardly worth the trouble. This summer season two of Poland’s lead beer manufacturers are offering completely new refreshments in the form of…

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The Heineken Experience Fail

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Heineken Experience is known as one of Amsterdam’s main attractions, a must see while visiting the city. Seventeen euro’s later I’m here to tell you not to waste your money! The entire thing is more of a self guided, walk at your own pace, kind of a…

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George Clooney Beer?

Is it just me or did George Clooney end up on a can of Kasztelan beer in Poland? I wish I could take the credit for noticing this but the fact is that somewhere at a party I was asked to pass someone a  Clooney from the fridge. I didn’t ask, just walked over to…

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Apostel Bräu

My grandmother’s maiden name is Apostel, so it was only natural to drink Apostel Bräu over this past Easter weekend. My dad’s cousin, Gerd Apostel, brought a few bottles with him while they visited us from Germany for the holiday weekend. He admits that he usually has a case at home and tells everyone that…

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Moroccan Beer – An Expensive Treat

When we were still looking into booking our trip we had to choose between two hotel options; all inclusive or not. It was explained to us that “all inclusive” included alcohols as well as all other drinks (coke, water, etc.), while with the standard option you paid for it all out of your own pocket.…

2.5 liters of beer, traditional pretzel and potato salad, with a full rack of ribs.

Bavaria – The Beer State

Kempten is the largest city in Allgäu, a region in the south-west of Bavaria, Germany only 26 miles away from Austria. It was also my recent business trip destination, a short 500 mile drive from Wrocław. Short, if you consider the 140-150 mile per hour speed on the autobahn we were traveling to get there. But first things first;…

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Gorkauer Beer Brewery

The Gorkauer Bürgerbräu beer brewery was built in Sobótka Górka in 1817 by Ernst von Lüttwitz. Beer there was brewed using traditional bavarian methods. His son, Wilhelm, expended the brewery in 1858. In 1864 tunnels were drilled deep into the granite rock of the Ślęża mountain to gain access to water rich in calcium which…

Poolhall Junkies

The other night we stopped by Creator, one of Wrocław’s poolhall’s, with my cousin and his wife. Neither of us is great at playing pool, but no one sucks at it more than all of us put together. Of course it wasn’t about the game, but about spending some time with people I rarely get…