Kloster Andechs Dunkel

I wanted to try another beer from the Andechs Monastery. That last doppelbock dunkel was mighty tasty. So, I went with the weissbeir dunkel (minus the doppelbock part). Here it is:

Andechs Dunkel in a frosty mug.

Andechs Dunkel in a frosty mug.

I poured it a little too fast. Still, the head on this beer was frothy good, kind of a like preview of the show. And the show was smooth, a bit creamy, lots of body, and deeply flavorful. This beer thing might get to be a regular feature here at The Bent Page. Soon I’ll be visiting with some German friends who have native beers at their fingertips. Uh, oh!

Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel

While not much of a beer drinker, I do enjoy those hearty brews of the “dunkel” style. The Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel is my favorite so far. Here’s a look at the bottle:

1/2 a liter of Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel.

1/2 a liter of Andechs Doppelbock Dunkel.

I should have poured in into a glass, but tell the truth, I was guzzling this! It has a velvety feel and a hint of chocolate aftertaste. In other words, a mighty fine beverage, especially on a chilly fall afternoon. Fortunately, I have a store close to home that sells all manner of exotic beers, with knowledgeable people at the counter to help with making a selection. Bottoms up!

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Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh

Twenty years ago, I stopped in to this tavern for lunch and decided to head back for old time’s sake. Things have been updated, but the food is still good, the service friendly, and you can certainly enjoy the atmosphere. Here’s a look at the upstairs dining area:

 

Upstairs dining room at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Upstairs dining room at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

You’ll find the menu chock full of pub favorites. The pair that I sampled were delicious and very filling, just the thing to fortify you for a visit to the castle or a long walk up and down the hills of Edinburgh. Here’s a look at the cottage pie with vegetables, crunchy slaw, and little side salad:

Cottage pie with veggies, crunch slaw, and salad at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Cottage pie with veggies, crunch slaw, and salad at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Another pub staple is the sausage with mash. Here it is as served at Deacon Brodie’s:

Sausage and mash at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sausage and mash at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Naturally, there is a wide selection of beer on tap and in the bottle. Tried this one:

Hackney Gold, one of the many beers on tap and in the bottle at Deacon Brodie's Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hackney Gold, one of the many beers on tap and in the bottle at Deacon Brodie’s Tavern, Edinburgh, Scotland.

The corner tavern is located close to Edinburgh Castle, surrounded by tourist shops. As mentioned above, you’ll enjoy a hearty meal here with good service. So give it a try if you’re in the area.

McSorely’s Old Ale House, NYC

McSorely’s Old Ale House has been an New York City institution for more than 150 years. It’s on East 7th Street, and not hard to find. Certainly worth a stop for a glass of ale.

McSorely's Old Ale House, New York City, USA.

McSorely’s Old Ale House, New York City, USA.

The place has quite a history, having been visited by presidents and other dignitaries. Sorry for the shabby photo, but the interior is old-school barroom as you can kind of see here:

Interior corner of McSorley's Old Ale House.

Interior corner of McSorley’s Old Ale House.

Plenty of old photos, newspapers, even record albums hanging on the wall, meaning there is plenty of eye candy to keep you busy. You can order light ale or dark and you get two glasses per round as you see next:

Light ale at McSorley's Old Ale House.

Light ale at McSorley’s Old Ale House.

Two at a time also keeps you busy. Then there’s a short menu of food items chalked on the board:

Menu at McSorely's Old Ale House.

Menu at McSorely’s Old Ale House.

After all that drinking, you may need the toilet, and it’s old school as well. Check out these urinals:

Urinals at McSorely's Old Ale House.

Urinals at McSorely’s Old Ale House.

All in all, quite an establishment. Worth your visit for a drink or to linger with friends and chat. Maybe you’ll meet someone new or find a piece of memorabilia that fills in an historical blank. Enjoy the journey.