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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Christmas Tree

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I hope you like my Christmas tree.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Let the Planning Begin !

I have said in the past (inaccurately of course), that various Oktoberfest visits were my last.  Next year is different, my intent is that 2013 is my final year.  I say "intent" because things can always change.  I'm not a politician; intent means I do not plan to go again.  That doesn't mean I won't if someone makes me "an offer I can't refuse".  

My son Gregory will be joining us next year, so I am figuratively "passing the torch".  He may never go again, but, oh well, I tried.  Also, since this is the 20 year anniversary of our first trip, how could I not go?

[tears on]  I need to maintain my perfect attendance record as the only original Oktoberfestian to attend all events. (Hint: An award would be nice.) [/tears off].  It would be nice to give that same award to Barley Man and Einfahrt, but what do I know?

I know it is early, but let's plan both a nostalgic trip and something new.  Extending our trip to a full week means:

Kloster Andechs?
Eagles Nest and the Salt Mines?
Kloster Weltenberg?
Tuna Fish Pizza?

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Slow Death

The wonderful Wiesn is experiencing a slow and agonizing death.  Can't wait to experience it in full bloom next year.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

We need to go some time!

Gabf. We need to go to Denver some year... Maybe 2014.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

McLean Oktoberfest 2012

Sorry you guys couldn't make it. There is always next year.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Friday, August 03, 2012

Lunch (and bier) at Hofbrauhaus Newport

Party Invite

You’re invited to the McLean/Boyd second Oktoberfest

Location: 44360 Richey Road, Valley Lee, Maryland 20692. (301) 994-1206

Date and Time: September 22, 2012 @ 6:00pm

German Beer and American Beer will be provided.

Please do your best to wear German attire and bring a German Dish to share.

Activities will include music, games, and of course our bier boot relay race, prizes awarded.

RSVP by September 15, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


All year long the blinds would be closed only every once in a while.  However, now the FEST is being constructed every time I go to take a look they are closed!  It’s enough to driving me MAD!!!   Ok, I feel better.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Bier Corpse

Betrunken and Alkoholische after a hard day of drinking.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

It’s looking like things are starting to take shape over there.  Man, this is going to be a tough couple of months just watching it from a distance!   At least I know I am in good company in my longing for the noise, food, laughter, and suds that come with this the best of all parties.

Monday, July 09, 2012

A Big Prost to Barley Man ! ! !

Tomorrow Barley Man celebrates yet another birthday.

Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag !

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


Who doesn't like twins.

Friday, June 29, 2012

In Case of Emergency...

I don't know if this counts as basic life support or advanced life support. Any thoughts? 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

This should never happen!

Could this be the end of the World.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Oktoberfest Bier Preise 2012:

Augustiner-Festhalle - 9,30 €
Armbrustschützenzelt - 9,35 €
Ochsenbraterei - 9,20 €
Hippodrom - 9,40 €
Hofbräu-Festzelt - 9,35 €
Hacker-Festzelt - 9,40 €
Schottenhamel - 9,50 €
Schützen-Festzelt - 9,50 €
... Käfer Wies'n-Schänke - 9,50 €
Bräurosl - 9,40 €
Löwenbräu-Festhalle - 9,50 €
Fischer-Vroni - 9,50 €

Ist die Maß Wiesnbier zu teuer oder nicht?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What is your Beer Personality type?

Read this article and post your own characterization.

I believe I am a Beer Populist, bordering on a Beer Geek.  I don't go to many festivals, and certainly don't take copius notes.

Monday, June 04, 2012

Exchange Rate...

 1 Euro =  1.24370 USD.. I think it was like 1.34 USD around this time last year...

Friday, June 01, 2012

Nice to Dream

For shits and giggles I responded to a job opening in Ramstein Germany.  Well, it looks like I met their requirements and they are interested.    They need to look at all the applicants so it may come to nothing.  The funny part is I am not sure if I could bear to leave my drinking buddy Alkoholische.   Anyway, it’s nice to dream…

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Zicke, zacke, zicke, zacke, hoi, hoi, hoi

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Home Brew?

Alkoholische, my dad, and I have been working on our own homebrew with some success.  My question is, do any of you homebrew and if so have you made anything even slightly similar to Auginstiner Hellas?  I figure with as much as you guys like the beer you might have run across something.  We can get Auginstiner bottles right down the street and they are rather tasty, though it is nothing like what we had over in the Father Land.  There are some Munich Hellas kits that I currently have my eyes on.  Any thoughts or advice?

Friday, May 04, 2012

Never too early...

to start talking about 2013.

I'm sure we will have this discussion for months to come, so let's get it started now. Should we change our structure for the 20th Anniversary trip?

We have traditionally traveled on Thursday, arriving on Friday, and departing on Tuesday. Since this will be a milestone event, I propose a change in logistics. Let's make this a true event, with plenty of time to relive the past and explore new venues. I suggest we leave on Saturday, arrive on Sunday, and depart on Friday or Saturday, depending on your preference.

There are several advantages to this idea, the biggest of which is probably less crowds during the week! Maybe we can return to the days of spending more time at the tents. Remember, we will all be 20 years older and would enjoy the comfort of the benches.

Please opine.

Monday, April 02, 2012

Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Tale of.....




And Buffett!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Off to see the Lizard!

Jimmy Buffett is in town tonight at San Diego State! Paulaner Girl and Barleyman head out in an hour to tailgate at the Q, then head to the concert! Fins Up!

Chugger.. Remember Buckeye Lake, Front Row! And the 4 buns in the urinal! Hahahaha. Still have the Corona Bottle & Parrot.. will send pics.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Sad News

Germany has change the laws regarding drinking beer on the S-Bahn and U-Bahn. Thats right no more drinking beer on the subways.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Who are those drunks in the background

Found this at Shakespears's web site from last years Oktoberfest. And man, I already itch to go back...