After we left, we picked up fresh spargel (asparagus) and strawberries from a farm and headed to one of my favorite breweries to bring visitors, Klosterschenke Weltenburg. The monastery, founded by Irish or Scottish monks in about 620, is known as the oldest monastery in Bavaria. It is located on the Danube and you can take a beautiful hike to it or a beautiful short ferry ride down the Danube. Unfortunately, the water was really high from all the crazy rains, so we couldn't take the hike Friday.
There are about 1,250 breweries in Germany, almost four times as many as in all other countries of the European Union combined. This number includes brewpubs that produce beer only for their own on-premise sales, packaging breweries that service mostly their local or regional markets, as well as huge breweries that ship their beers all over the world.
Just about every town and restaurant serves a locally made beer in Bavaria. I honestly can't believe how many awesome beers and breweries they have here. And truly, the cost of a beer is almost always less than a juice, water, or soda. Where we live, sometime a half liter is as little as 1 euro 80 cents. A case of beer (20 half liter recyclable bottles) is only 12 euros. I wish we could catch on to the recycled/refillable glass bottles in the states. It just makes so much more sense.
Which gets me dreaming again about things I want to do in the states whenever we return. Sure would be awesome and amazing to buy a farm, grow hops, and start a nice beer garden/brewery in Kentucky one day. With great, big half liter recyclable bottles. How about you all? What dream business would you open if you could?