I recently completed the Cicerone German Beer Styles Course and I felt like KC Bier Company in Kansas City was a perfect setting and set of example beers of the major German styles. Wish I had been able to do my studying here – i would have passed sooner.
I pretty much tried them all. Dunkel is rich. Hefeweizen is refreshing. Helles and Pils are crisp. Radler – wish it was spring and I’d just come in from a long bike ride. Maibock – yes – I feel like a monk during lent with only Maibock and no food. And, Winterbock, warming, cozy. Ausgezeichnet! I think my high school German teacher would approve of that. One of the few words I remember.
My friend, Ashton, tipped me off to this place and I’m so glad he did. I only had one night in Kansas City and I really enjoyed the beers here and wish I had more time to hang out.
I stopped in at Zwei Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. It’s a little bit of Germany in Fort Collins. I greatly enjoyed their Helles Lager. Made me feel like I was in Germany. Hopefully. I’ll make it back there some day. Helles is clean, crisp and drinkable. Great beer and well worth the stop.
I stopped in at the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company, also known and Leinenkugel’s or Leinie’s in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. I was fortunate to be able to take the tour of the brewery which proved to be a great experience in that we walked through every aspect of the brewing process. Also, to some extent, it was like walking through time in that parts of the brewery date back to the 1800’s. The tour is well worth the visit. Several beer tastings are also incuded with the tour. The beers I tasted at Leinenkugel’s were lagers which take longer to ferment than ales and often are considered more mellow than ales. The Hoppin’ Helles was a tasty hoppy lager. Leinenkugel’s Original is a standard, easy to drink lager that has stood the test of time. The Red Lager is also a delicious beer with smooth caramel flavor and reddish color. The beer serving area is located in Leinie Lodge which is a beautiful wood building that houses a rather large gift shop complete with countless logo clothing and merchandise items for sale.