[Marxism] GDR (and Polish, Czech) Beer

Alex Briscoe obeynow20001 at yahoo.com
Fri May 6 13:01:52 MDT 2005

Actually, at least on the northwest side of Chicago, you can get the original Bud, Czechvar.  There's also Crystal, which I thought was the original Bud, but sovok beer authorities informed me otherwise.  I believe Crystal also comes from Budovice.
There's also Zywiec and Okocim which are primo, cheap, Polish beers.  Zywiec used to have a Polish peasant couple dancing in traditional costume with a forest background, under a gear symbol.  A few years back, the capitalist bastards that took the company back replaced the gear with a crown.
A few months back at Cafe Lura (bar), I started to ask the bartender re Okocim vs other Polish beers and she said, "All the same!" <plonk!>
A couple weekends back at my favorite Polish bar I was drinking with a Polish electrician and an engineer and I introduced them to Warsteiner- they really liked it.  They bought me a shot of dead nazi (Jaegermeister and some gold colored German liquor).  There's a really good herbal vodka best drunk as an iced shot- forget the name, but it's better than Jaegermeister.
Question about east bloc bar etiquette:  do you tip the bartender?  My drink prices seem to include the tip, but I'm not sure.  I don't see all of the patrons tipping, but don't want to be cheap, but if the bartender is already making more than I do...
>>Einde O'Callaghan wrote:
>>>I suggest you try Radeberger or Wernesgrüner, two of the finest beers 
>>>from the former GDR. I believe both are exported to the US. Or you 
>>>could try the excellent Czech beers; Pilsener Urquell or the real 
>>>Budweiser Budvar from Ceske Budovice, but I believe the latter is 
>>>unavailable in the US due to the objections of Anheuser-Busch, 
>>>producers of the piss-water that goes under the name Budweiser


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