This morning the first group of us are off on our 10th annual trip to drink the brewed twice a year "Sticke" beer at Brauerei zum Uerige in Düsseldorf.
In 1998 myself and four friends took off to Düsseldorf pretty much on a whim. I had some Frequent Flyer miles that were going to expire and the others said "What the hey..." and tagged along. The cities we visited on that first trip -- Amsterdam, Antwerp, Düsseldorf and Cologne -- is still pretty much the backbone of our schedule. There have been few changes -- Cologne was be relegated to a day trip from Düsseldorf and that first year Antwerp was a day trip from Amsterdam where now we spend 2 or 3 days there. In 2000 we added Bamberg as a regular stop. We also try and visit somewhere new each year, if even as a day trip. One year it was Münster, another Salzburg. This year our new (for me) city is Regensburg but we'll also return to Salzburg for the Bier IG (the Austrian beer consumers group) fest.
I don't know how well this blog will work as a "trip" report -- assuming we have a decent internet connection I will try to write something each day and upload some pictures.
So welcome, and I hope you enjoy this virtual (for you) beer trip.