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.
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
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…
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.
But, perhaps my German-speaking friends will understand.
ok, last pic of the brewery:
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.
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