Days of Gratitude – Tuesday 4 December 2012


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Slightly unconventional way to get beer to the pub!  Today I am grateful for one of the local craft breweries being willing to deliver some kegs to the car park near work and then strap them into the back seat for me to take back to our brewery.

20121204 beer keg delivery

Days of Gratitude – Thursday 8 November 2012


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Grateful (and very excited) that we will be having our beer delivered this way very soon … and when I say our beer I mean beer brewed by Simon (and possibly me if he lets me help) and delivered to pubs!

20121108 beer delivery

Days of Gratitude – Friday 10th August 2012


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Grateful that our brewery hobby gets us to some places away from the usual tourist traps.

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Days of Gratitude – Wednesday 8th August 2012


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On a long travel day grateful for some beers for the journey (and the delightful Simon pils  was a nice surprise from our visit to Luxembourg).

20120808 Simon pils

Days of Gratitude – Monday 6th August 2012


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Grateful for fairly randomly ending up in beautiful Luxembourg city.  I know of no where else in Europe that you can have a quiet beer outside with a view of the palace and without a single tourist (or person actually – not even a guard) in sight.

20120806 Grand Duke's Palace

Days of Gratitude – Monday 23rd July 2012


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Grateful for surprises at the airport – stunning beer; Brooklyn Brewery East India Pale Ale.

20120723 brooklyn brewery east india pale ale

Days of Gratitude – Thursday 5th July 2012


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Grateful that today we decided to get a little off the tourist track.  Well not so off the beaten track for Germans but off the beaten track for English speaking tourists.  We headed out to a big brewery for a tour (in German).  Turned out to be a fabulous experience.  The brewery was massive.  We haven’t ever been to a brewery so big.  Each fermenter’s capacity is more than the total yearly production for most of the micro-breweries in South Australia. (Near Munich, Germany).

20120705 off the beaten tourist track

Days of Gratitude – Wednesday 4 July 2012


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Today was very hard to choose the appropriate photo for days of gratitude.  I was very grateful to finally be able to get to a laundromat this morning.  Skip ahead to next paragraph if that doesn’t sound interesting … the last washing machine we had was in Interlaken and involved some slightly dodgy electrical situation … an extension cord down from our apartment and unplugging a washing machine below our apartment … that was ages ago and since then it has been hand washing in extremely humid (so several outfits per day) Italy and Germany.  So to have a full compliment of clean clothes was very good.

However, we also went outside of Munich today to visit some brew pubs and the winner of Gratitude for the Day has to be meeting locals at a pub and Simon having enough German to get by in a conversation.  The photo is of Rudi’s stein.  He has his own stein kept at the brewery for when he comes.  Lovely to meet him and have the chance to have a conversation with him (well for Simon to have a conversation with him anyway).

20120704 Rudi's stein

Days of Gratitude – Monday 25 June 2012


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Grateful that I got to pee in a beer can today!

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20120625 beer can toilet

Days of Gratitude – Friday 22 June 2012


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Grateful for my first ever Hooters experience … In Interlaken.  The view (of the mountains) was amazing, as was watching paragliders land in the park across from us and they are the only place to serve the unfiltered Zwickel (Beer) from the local brewery.

20120622 Hooters Interlaken