- Written by: Jason Baxter
- Category: Beer Tourism outside Belgium
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Woke to a snowy Wednesday and so after another delicious breakfast it was brewery time but first it was some shopping (got to stock up on sausages and smoked ham 😄) then it was a gentle half hour stroll and we were at the Ratsherrn brewery - or rather stood outside their store, situated on an industrial estate.
The large open plan shop was filled with everything you need that's beer related - bottles, cans, clothing, glassware, ornaments, decorations all bearing the Ratsherrn logo, beers available were mainly from the Ratsherrn brewery but there were also shelves and fridges filled with other breweries.
Prices were the most reasonable we saw with their own bottles around the 2€ mark (bottles and a glass the obvious choice).
Seeing as it was now 1pm we decided to have a bite to eat at their onsite restaurant, so across the picturesque cobbled courtyard, and we were in a lively modern woooden bar and restaurant.
Linda ordered a wheat beer and me a tasting plank featuring pale ales, ipas and kellerbier.
Food was pasta and a delicious tomato soup before a last look around the brewery store, then it was homeward bound to unpack.
After a couple of beers at the hotel bar it was back out in the same direction as the brewery only this time it was Omnipollo and their bar.
What greeted us was a small 3/4 room cellar bar painted and lit bright neon pink with quirky dangling lights, Omnipollo logos and signs.
A dozen beers from tap ranged from IPAs, DIPAs, TIPAs to barrel aged Imperial Stouts all from Omnipollo plus a fridge filled with cream of their barrel aged series and DIPAs.
First off was their Three Times Three (that amazing TIPA we sampled at Beyond Beer) before Linda picked us an Andromeda - a mighty 15.2% Imperial Stout with coconut aged for 26 months in Buffalo Trace Rye Whisky Barrels.
Next up was an In Plenty (12% coffee almond Imperial Stout) and Fatamorgana DIPA, both from tap and both utterly amazing.
Our Anna ordered one the infamous pizzas (Chorizo and chill) served with beer themed sauces, the pizza was one of the very best we've had, everyone devouring every last crumb.
Time for one last beer and Linda picked an absolute beauty, a bottle of barrel aged Lorelei to share...what an indulgent couple of hours it had been.
Homeward bound but not before one last bar - Dorlam.
First beer was a traditional Schwarzbier from Buddelship before a beer from Lost Horizon Farm and their Tafelsmoor - an 8% Imperial Stout brewed with Japanese seaweed, nutmeg, apple skins and then aged in Japanese Whisky barrels before it was time to catch our train home.
Last full day to follow
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