Saturday, September 22, 2007
An Island of Paradise in Köln
Last Sunday I made a remarkable discovery. I found what possibly could be a grocery store which sold non-German beer. Now I'm not saying that German beer is bad, but it is sad that a grocery store in Köln sells a few varieties of kölsch and, if your lucky, maybe some pilsner, weizen or even a schwarzbier (all other German varieties), with other countries (like Belgium) so near by. (One might recall that on our trips to Belgium, we always had to bring back a few souvenirs). So Monday we were off to this grocery store near the Volkhochschule, where Chris takes his classes. This store is part of a chain owned by a Belgian company, and sure enough they had a vast selection of Belgian beer! The variety was such a welcome discovery, and I think I might have even proclaimed that "I would never have to drink a kölsch again" (though that is impossible in this city). The selection isn't quite as large as a Belgian grocery store, but there were at least 20 different varieties and the price was the same. The store also stocks a wide variety of dutch cheese and other goodies.