Mash Wednesday

who knew??

Oh yeah, a Brewery AND a museum!

Turns out, if you mix water, malt and hops- you get MASH.  So, we thought this a superb title.  It rivaled  “Fat Tuesday,  Fatter Wednesday” which would be quite descriptive of our past 48 hrs.   Kim is sooooo excited about this one (and revels in speaking in 3rd person, it may stick)…that you can view the pics of our feeble ‘Carnival’ experience at the end of the blog…for those that are interested in our toddler in costume.

Ok, so the brewery, The Augustiner, happens to be located across the street from Reed’s office.  I thought this would perhaps be it’s most redeeming quality.  But, no…it is actually an old monastery founded in 1621 and today they brew their beer out of wooden barrels into stone mugs.  The architecture alone is stunning, but the whole experience is unique.

First, you grab your stoneware stein off the shelf.

First, you grab your stoneware stein off the shelf. (Eliot really digged the monk off to the right)

Then, you rinse your stein,as seen by the lad in the center.  Then, you pay (on the left) and get your beer filled to the right of that...

Then, you rinse your stein,as seen by the lad in the center. Then, you pay (on the left) and get your beer filled to the right of that…

They have one beer, Bräustübl beer as they call it.  Don’t expect to choose from Moose Drool, Eddy Out Pale Ale, Bongwater Porter, Hat Trick IPA.  ONLY ONE BEER.  And it is GOOD!  And, this from an IPA-snob like me.  I truly loved this beer- tasted a bit like a really smooth lager…

Check out the website for more of the brewery…it is truly impressive.  http://www.augustinerbier.at

Then you choose one of the massive brewhouse rooms in which to drink your beer.

Then you choose one of the massive brewhouse rooms in which to drink your beer.

This was seriously an all-ages place.  There was a lot grey hair,even walkers and wheelchairs, but also kiddos running around. It made us feel much more comfortable than we have in the past in other German/Austrian restaurants…

please, check out the sculpture behind Reed's head

please, check out the sculpture behind Reed’s head

here it is close up. Not gonna find THAT in the Kettlehouse.

here it is close up. Not gonna find THAT in the Kettlehouse.

 

Best of all, they have these incredible food shops/kiosk kinda things.  with really great looking grub!

Best of all, they have these incredible food shops/kiosk kinda things. with really great looking grub!

another view of the food

WE NEED THIS IN Missoula!!

not a great shot, but of course we indulged in some rotisserie chicken and by far the best fries (pommes frites) we have had since moving here.

not a great shot, but of course we indulged in some rotisserie chicken and by far the best fries (pommes frites) we have had since moving here.

Oh, I am holding up a calamari ring…I told Eliot it was fish. Not sure what I was thinking feeding that to him…They even give out WOODEN DISPOSABLE SILVERWARE instead of plastic!  so cool.

These limericks are painted all over the walls. trust me, they don't translate so well in english...

These limericks are painted all over the walls. trust me, they don’t translate so well in english…

But, perhaps my German-speaking friends will understand.

ok, last pic of the brewery:

note, under the clock are these plaques  indicating when friends are meeting, so everyone knows when to congregate.

note, under the clock are these plaques indicating when friends are meeting, so everyone knows when to congregate.

So, all in all, this place was HUGE, had amazing beer (best I have had yet, except for 2 dark beers we have been able to find on the grocery store shelves)…and it was hopping with people who just want to hang out with each other… it would go sooo well in Missoula.  The last time I checked, we didn’t have any halls that would fit 300 people built in the 1600’s…sigh.  I guess The Kind Swine will have to suffice for now as far as food in breweries goes.  (that is, if Great Falls doesn’t pass their bill to deny microbreweries their rights! grrr.  I’ll stop, this isn’t a political blog).

Ok, so the Carnival is pretty popular here too- but we didn’t join in too many festivities.  We tried going to the mall for some kids-stuff, but it wasn’t too exciting.

I do have to say, the mall has an indoor sandbox for kids, pretty cool.here is Eilot, refusing to wear his costume.

I do have to say, the mall has an indoor sandbox for kids, pretty cool.here is Eliot, refusing to wear his costume.

somehow, we ended up in Ikea AGAIN (kid friendly quick food)  Here is E-man in his fish/whale costume.

Somehow, we ended up in Ikea AGAIN (kid friendly quick food) Here is E-man in his fish/whale costume.

Lastly, if you thought Missoula was dog-friendly, that is NOTHING compared to this place.  They are allowed everywhere! this is the Ikea bistro!

Lastly, if you thought Missoula was dog-friendly, that is NOTHING compared to this place. They are allowed everywhere! This is the Ikea bistro!

With that said, we miss our pup, Rudy.  Thanks to our good friends, Brad and Shanta for taking such good care of him!

love from us,

Kim & Reed & E-man

 

 

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