“Zwei Kolsch ?”

2nd November 2022.

It’s tea time in Cologne. Let’s head to the Eigelstein Viertel (“long street with pub at the end“).

Why head north of the hotel, when all the famous pubs are south ?

To find a pub with a windmill on the sign, of course (and supermarkets with Milka chocolate afterwards).

Yes, it’s Muhlen Kolsch, though in typical Cologne fashion you can’t actually see that word on the Brauhaus Boor.

Apart from great fontage, these old Brauhaus can be relied in for giant rambling dining areas.

Boor looked pretty empty at just gone 4pm, but most of those tables were reserved,

and we were placed in the side room underneath the mural showing the history of GBG ticking through the ages.

I had no idea what the specials of the day were, but that didn’t stop us ordering them.

Slightly disappointingly, it was sausages and mash.

Only kidding, they were scrumptious (NS&MSS 4.5).

Think we had four Kolsch each, and Dave was right, the Muhlen was one of the very best.

It’s still fascinating to watch EVERYONE in Germany drink beer (apart from Americans who want water and then complain on Trip Advisor). By the time our sausages arrived there must have been 30 gentlefolk (nearly all couples) in, ALL with a beer in front of them.

“”Zwei* Kolsch ?” seemed less a question, more an instruction.

Great food and beer and beer, spotless and historic setting, cheery and humorous staff. All sounds a bit dull, doesn’t it ? Where’s the discussion about ‘arry Kane’s penalty, the argument about splitting the bill, the queue at the bar ?

Even the “Clinton woz ere” history section lacked the “wow” factor of Sedgefield’s Dun Cow.

Oh well, there’s always the toilets….

I don’t think Mrs RM noticed, she was focused on that trip to the chocolate aisle in REWE.

*I never was quite able to say Zwei. Mrs RM taunted me mercilessly.

16 thoughts on ““Zwei Kolsch ?”

  1. As a quote involving German and numbers your headline is refreshingly laconic, Martin.

    I’ve found that many overheard German conversations just seem to consist of long strings of numerals, but maybe that’s through necessity and not choice.

    For instance, if you went to reception to report a problem with your hotel room then you’d probably say “Hi, I’m in room six-eight-seven-two…” or the like, whereas some seem to be burdened by having to say “”Guten Morgen, ich bin in Zimmer Nummer sechs tausend, acht hundert, zwei und siebzig…” or whatever.

    Hey, maybe it is through choice…

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      1. “ts” as in “its” followed by “vi” as in “vinyl””.

        So if you really can’t say it then you can’t say “it’s vinyl” either?

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  2. Say “boots”. Then leave out the “boo”. Tsssss. Then move your tongue back, front teeth down onto the lower lip, and complete it with “vye”. Tss-vye. Zwei.

    I’ve always liked Eigelstein, it feels like a secret bit of the city centre. Em kölsche Boor is one of the places I’ve been meaning to go for years and never got around to. And if you turn left and head west along Weidengasse there are a load of amazing Turkish kebab shops.

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    1. Thanks for that, Rob. Mrs RM is a trained speech therapist who mocks my linguistic failures.

      Before this trip I thought Cologne was a second order German city but now I expect I’ll head back and do those Kebab places.


      1. We were heading down to East Sussex this week (Rye) buy may put those plans on hold.

        I’m currently holed up in front of the fire in the Raven with a pint of stout.


    1. I love the way women drink beer. People used to write about Angela Merkel drinking beer as if it was weird.

      In theory there’s a choice of drinks, but I reckon 95% of sales were the house Kolsch or Alt. Can you imagine that in England ?


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