Luckily, Caleb had taken four years of German in an International Baccalaureate high school program, so it didn't him too long to be able to converse pretty comfortably with the locals. The seven hour time difference meant that we didn't get to talk to him much, but the magic of Facebook messaging allowed us to stay in touch pretty well. He got to really experience the culture, and spent time not only in Germany, but in Austria, Belgium, and France.
Of course, being eighteen meant that one slice of culture that he got to experience was the legal use of alcohol. Now, he has tasted pretty much every beer that I've brewed, plus a nice selection of commercial beers - but it's always just been a taste. There was apparently an Irish pub that the family visited on a regular basis, where he became a big fan of Murphy's Red and good old Guinness. He tried a radler due to his girlfriend's influence (his verdict: it was fine, but wasn't "real" beer), he tried several hefeweisens, and of course, had multiple German lagers. The highlight for him (and a major cause of jealousy for me) was his trip to Hofbrauhaus in Munich. Sadly, the Oktoberfest wasn't yet in season, but fresh Hofbrau Original proved to be quite...
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