Where to buy foreign beers in Munich

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Haus der 111 Biere (update: closed in 2006) iswas indeed an extremely scary place. Like most people, I've only been there once.

 

It is a great shame that the only pub in Munich that has an interesting selection of beer is otherwise so uninviting. Even the Irish pubs, which are not tied to a particular brewery, all serve the same (bog-)standard beers, although the Twisted Bavarian did have some washed-up bottles of Sierra Nevada for a while.

 

With regards to shops, about the only place that stocks any foreign beer at all is Hertie, although their always-limited selection has progressively dwindled even further and I'm not sure there's very much left of interest at all. A few pseudo-foreign lagers brewed in Hamburg are still on sale, but the British and Belgian ales are almost all gone, and there were never any American brews there apart from A-B stuff. Pomeroy & Winterbottom stock (at least used to) the excellent Old Peculier, and they can order you a case (12 bottles I believe) of many British ales, but no mixed cases. Nothing from Belguim though, presumably.

 

Other than that, you would have to order from an online company (hence my question above), and pay the high international delivery charges. Or go visit the places yourself! British beer in particular tastes soooo much better from the barrel. :)

 

Related topic: Specialist beer shops for non-German beers - Where to buy British, US, and other foreign beer

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Have you checked the new Gallerie at Kaufhof? I didn't check their beer specifically but the food and wine from other countries seemed more impressive than Hertie's.

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Not recently actually, they never had anything before but I'll have another look. Thanks for the tip.

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stb do you think it would be profitable to use a company discount rental drive to belgium and fill a van full of bier and bring it back? could buy the bier on a already ordered basis. if there is enough demand, you up for it?

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To be honest Iain, I think most expats are content drinking the Munich lagers, while the Germans would laugh us out of town. And Belgian beer isn't really the kind of beer one drinks by the case-load. And the bottles are smaller, so you can fly there and carry loads back :) AND (final point!) it's British beer I'm missing the most, I love being able to drink a beer that's packed full of flavour but less than 4% alcohol.

 

But you could try...

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still havent had that beer tasting we have been promised. I dont know if you could get a confirmed hundred cases or something like that it would be worth it. plus a nice little trip to belgium on the side. you have to remeber i am canadian and the drive looks really short to me.

 

does anyone know how many cases of beer fit in your average moving van?

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Was in Madrid the other week and lone behold, I was walking around and saw the Erdinger Weißbrau Sign, and thought hey that's a great place for lunch. Turned out they also servied a fab selection of Beliguim beers. I didn't end up drinking any Spainish beer til the end of the week!

 

If you really want beer from Beligum there are loads of companies that will deliver it, just google Beligum beer.

 

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met a brewer recently from erding, and over a couple of hallerdauer weissbiers we actually discussed why erding is so medocre. :blink:

will look at the thing about ordering, but still there is something romantic about the thought of driving a van stuffed full of belgian beers. -_-

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Had to revive this thread to ask if anyone (Small Town Boy, iain???) is interested in going in on an order from http://www.belgianshop.com/ for some Belgian beers. This would allow saving on shipping, which no matter what quantity you order, comes to $33.60, or about €27.

 

Imagine yourself with a nice mixnmatch case of Tripel Karmeliet, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Saison Dupont, and Rochefort 8. Mmm...

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Will have a look, although I'll potentially be heading to Brussels early next year. I could bring you some back then.

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Will have a look, although I'll potentially be heading to Brussels early next year. I could bring you some back then.

I actually am hoping to be in Belgium the first weekend in March for the Zythos Bier Festival, but I am not that patient. :D Plus, I enjoy the Belgians pretty regularly (or did) and could easily drink a couple cases before then.

 

Have you ever ordered British beer from Pomeroy & Winterbottom? What can they get their hands on? Samuel Smith? Traquair? Fuller's? Lees? I'd be up for splitting a few cases so as to get a good mix...

 

 

I'm in. PM me with details.

Take a look at the site and make a list of what you'd like to order and PM me. (or I'd be happy to provide suggestions ;) ) If we get enough to split the shipping 3 or 4 or more ways, then I think it would be worth it.

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I know a few Micro Breweries who sell by the barrel (Titanic springs to mind) would it be worth the trip to the UK? I’m not sure and I would never suggest picking up a load of tobacco (for personal use;) ) to offset the travel costs by about £400 :D

 

Real Ale nights at The Arc anyone ? mmm...

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Pete I would be up for going in for a couple of cases depending on the price of course. send me a pm and I will also try to get some other people in on it.

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well I posted this as a separate topic, but it was moved to "Services Offered". Which makes sense, except that the people I really want to see this are the ones who would have been following this thread, since it is related. So, here it is:

 

Well, since the powers that be in Bavarian importing won't bring the Belgian beer to Munich, I will.

 

Taking a day trip up to Belgium on Monday to pick up my reservation at Westvleteren. While I'm up there, I'm going to stop at a bier shop and pick up some other stuff as well. If anyone is interested, I'll pick them up a case or two (depending on room in the car) of whatever Belgians they want. I'll give them to you at cost, all I ask is a donation towards the cost of car rental, gas, etc (less than what it would cost to have them delivered to you!).

 

Also, if anyone has the time and inclination, I'm looking for someone to share some of the driving. Plan on leaving early (by 7:00) Monday morning and getting back late.

 

PM me if interested.

 

-Pete

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Anyone know where I can get some Oranjeboom or Duvel? I'm feeling some nostalgia coming on.

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Your only hope is Hertie (or whatever it's called this week), but their very limited selection of interesting beers has been constantly dwindling for the past few years.

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Well, I went and had a look at the beer section of Hertie am Bahnhof now that it's been rebranded as Karstadt. Bad news: They no longer sell any foreign beer. Munich is now officially an ale desert.

 

Five years ago, Hertie sold various British ales (a couple from Greene King, Shepherd Neame and Belhaven, plus Newkie Brown in case you consider that to be beer) as well as a decent selection of Belgian beers in both 330ml and the larger 750ml bottles. They also had various other muck from other countries. No US micro-brews. It represented, nonetheless, the only source of foreign beer in Munich and although its selection was limited it was nice to be able to get a British or Belgian ale from time to time. At around €2.50 a bottle, it wasn't cheap, but it was comparable to the UK which was good enough for me.

 

But over time this selection progressively decreased. Since the rebranding, all foreign beers have gone. This means that there is now NOTHING in the whole of Munich with only one small exception: Pomeroy & Winterbottom still sell the excellent Old Peculier (and they'll order crates of other beers). Our next nearest source of ale is now Beers of the World in Zurich. Tragic.

 

Don't get me wrong, I think there is some great beer brewed in Bavaria (not Munich, mind), but from time to time I would like to drink something different.

 

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I'm going to brew some ale soon.. I'll let you in on it.

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