June 17, 2005

The charm of the Cologne brewery

There's something really charming about breweries in Cologne. I discovered it last weekend.

Snow and myself headed down to Cologne for a couple of days. We were meeting K and also wanted to visit the city a bit more. We've been to Cologne before, but only for a day. This time we got to see how hospitable she was overnight.

The first night we were there, we headed to a little Japanese restaurant and has some amazing food - octopus salad and grilled beef on a hotplate, naturally with sushi. After being gorged on food (the servings were a lot bigger than we'd thought!) we settled into a coctail bar where we ended up with 4 cocktails for €14 total. Yum!

The following day we met up with K and wandered around for a bit, loading up on coffees. Lunch followed in the Paffgen brewery, on the Friesenstrasse. This is where Colognaise (Colonic??) hospitality really shines. As we took our seats at the table, you'd normally expect the waiter to come up to you and ask what you want to drink. Not there! The waiter merely leant over to confirm "3 Kolsch?", starting an afternoon of Cologne brewery pleasure. Kolsch is the local beer variant.

And the beers flowed! When we had drained one glass, the waiter came by and swapped the glass for a full one. No need to ask, it just comes! In the entire time there, we downed about 11 beers, and not once did we actually ask for a beer. Though he did seem a little perplexed when we asked for a soft drink for Snow...

Next to the free-flowing beers came the quaint custom where the beer tab is not kept by the waiter, or behind the bar. The beer coaster serves as the tab. Don't get it too wet, ad dont tear it up!

For food, I had haxen, which is pig knuckle. roasted with a great gravy. Lots of hammy goodness, plenty of chewy fatty skin and lots of picking out meat with a fork, but ever so filling.

Snow ate the Fish of the day, which that day was a mixed grill of beef and pork. Very perplexing indeed...perhaps being far away from the sea, the Colognese have to substitute.

Posted by Ben at June 17, 2005 10:02 PM
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