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Comment by John G Boyd on September 17, 2010 at 5:29pm
bundeswehr- sorry.
Comment by John G Boyd on September 17, 2010 at 5:25pm
Thanks for the comment jesse, best that i can do is that i have a 22+ year old bottle of chivas regal about half full or maybe three-fourths. it was a gift from a friend and chivas is just not a favorite of mine. It is a blend and I much prefer the single malts. Bet your a** that if it had not been for the availability of better scotch (to me) in my liquor cabinet, it would have departed in the glass recycling bin long ago.
Dave - the hard copy map that i keep at my desk shows only about 2km into cz from the german border all 'round.
I may get interested enough to do some real, really real, research and see what connection Budweis, Budvar or other cz village may have had or has to the Budweiser of American brew.
I do know, that while in Deutschland, Budweiser was probably the most popular American beer with the general population in the area.
I spent some time in the O club in Amberg, and the German General of the Bundesvhere would order a can of bud over a bottle of Pils bier from cz. Go figger. His son, though, a Luftwafe Captain trained by the american air force was a true German Bier drinker. He told me that when he trained in America, he often had to settle for American beer and just had not developed much of a taste for it.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 16, 2010 at 10:50pm
I actually just got the bier about two years ago from a friend. There is about two inches of dark red sediment on the bottom of the bottle, so I figured I'd save it for when the Iron Curtain went back up.

Hey John, check your map for Budvar or Budejovice or even Budiwoyz. I think those are the German and Czech spellings for Budweis.
Comment by Jesse Kelley on September 16, 2010 at 7:53pm
I can not help to butt in, but you want us to believe that,
I see that the bottle is unopened, you been totin' that beir
around since 92, I don't know, but that would have been an
MT wiser, by June 14, 92.
I have a collection of High powered or Rare breed Whiskey bottles,
and believe me, no matter how hard I try,
none have survived.
Comment by John G Boyd on September 16, 2010 at 5:41pm
Thanks for the pic - I truly was not sure where Budweiser got its start; I guess I just suppose that it was in St. Louis Missouri.
I am on a budweiser diet now becuse it is not an American owned brewhaus any more. I was hoping that everyone would boycott budweiser when it was sold so they would sell it back.
I am sure the new owners plan on taking alot of the costly wealth out of the company, like busch gardens, maybe the clydesdale teams - all the stuff that was not revenue or profit generating. I heard they did some union busting in Missouri fairly quickly after the sale.
I just can't understand why the family that owned it did not want to just pass it on to younger members.
Thanks again for your kind reply - I learned something, for sure!
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 16, 2010 at 4:53pm
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. My power went out for a few hours.

Yes, I'm known for pranks and stuff, but I assure you there is a Budweis, Czech, and Budweiser started there.

I've got a bottle from 1992.

Comment by John G Boyd on September 16, 2010 at 1:41pm
Is Budweis really ....
Ummm, Dave, Ummm, you wouldn't be Pi***** down my boot and tellin' me it's rainin ...
Maybe I oughtta go look at my map.
Nope, not on my map. Maybe it is just not close enough to the border, I only have a hardcopy map of germany right to hand.
But if it is there, and if I go, I will definetly look for it!!
And thanks for the thoughtful reply.
Comment by Dave Gettman on September 16, 2010 at 1:22pm
Guess I could have thrown in a photo or two.

This is Rudy (left) and I after sharing a Cognac or five at the Stable Call in Vilseck.

Ruddy and several members of the MCCP with LTC Bryan Denny, current 3/2SCR Wolfpack CO, at the 2006 homecoming at Rose Barracks.

Comment by Dave Gettman on September 16, 2010 at 1:08pm
Hey John,
If you are going to Pilsen, home of Pilsner beer, you might as well stop in Budweis, the home of Budweiser, as long as you are in the Czech Republic.

While in Pilsen, try to locate the Military Car Club Pilsen (MCCP). They are GREAT friends of the 2d Cavalry, and the President of the club, Rudy Bayer, is an honorary member of the 2d Cavalry Association.

The MCCP was paramount in erecting monuments in honor of two of our 2d Cav troopers killed during Operation Cowboy, and have participated in annual ceremonies at the monument sites. They even convoyed a bunch of the club's US Army vehicles, led by a couple WW II Harleys, from the Czech Republic to Rose Barracks in Vilseck to be part of the Regiment's return from Iraq celebration in 2006. Great bunch of guys and gals!
Comment by John G Boyd on September 16, 2010 at 11:34am
I hope that I do not require any of the genital washing stations, myself!

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