Europe Trip Part I: Switzerland

Hello! I’m finally back from Europe and boy, did I “taste” a lot of beer 🙂

We spent just over 3 weeks in Europe. The first 2 weeks were spent in Switzerland, based in Leysin. And then we spent about a week in Netherlands and Belgium.

Let’s begin with the trip over. Unfortunately, we had about a 6 hour layover in Chicago O’hare. Didn’t waste any time there…we were able to sample a few beers while waiting:

At Goose Island

(that’s me with the Matilda…very good Belgian Style! The other one above is the Honker’s Ale that my husband had)

I once had a 312 a long time ago and didn’t especially enjoy it. But this Matilda was delicious!

Then we hit the Berghoff bar, since it looked like an old historic brewery of Chicago.  The beer wasn’t bad….I liked the Amber. None of the beers really had a nose or a head. I wouldn’t go out of my way to order a Berghoff in the future, but it was a decent average brew. Is it brewed by Minhas Brewing in Wisconsin??

After an 8 or so hour flight to London, we had another layover there, before heading to Geneva. So….what did we do? Yup, we hit up a bar in Heathrow:

(I had the Bass and S had the Staropramen)

So we landed in Geneva and headed out on the train ride(s) to Leysin.  Do you know what the most popular beer is in that area?? Feldschloesschen! And even then, only the Original. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…but they have several different varieties according to their website. Hmmmm. Anyway, it was a good standard lager. If someone had a tap…this was it.

And yes, there are a ton of beers in cans over there.  Other really popular beers there are Kronenbourg 1664 and Carlsberg. I bought a couple of Swiss “craft” beers in the grocery store:

The Monsteiner Mungga had no head and tasted just a bit like apple juice but not as sweet. It was actually a nice light wheat beer (and organic!) at only 3.5% alcohol! I think the SteinBock was pretty good, but again no head. Can’t find my notes on it at this time…. The beer is from BierVision Monstein in  Davos, Switzerland.

A few other beers sampled from taps in Switzerland: Calanda and Boxer Biere.

I liked the Boxer….pretty good! My guess is that we were drinking the Boxer “Old”.

Also tasted Eichhof Lager (light, a bit sweet, 4.8% alc) and Eichhof Klosterbrau edeltrube (altbier, ok, not great, 4.8% alc) These are from Luzern, Switzerland.

And now for a hint of Austria. Our friend, Marlies, visited us in Switzerland and brought us several bottles of Austrian beer, since that’s where she’s from.

Both Mohrenbrau‘s were somewhat sweet. The Gambrinus was very sweet at about 4.6% alcohol and reminded me of a Coke (although I haven’t had a Coke in years). The Kellerbier was only a little sweet but very good.

The Walder Zwickl from Brauerei Egg was dark and sweet, malty, had a decent head and was unfiltered. 5.5% alc.

The Edelweiss was very good….once again, can’t find my notes on it right now.

To see a post on the food in Switzerland, click here.

Ok, so that’s it for the first part of the trip. Netherlands is next up!




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