Budweiser - King of all Beers?
Let’s make no secret of it. We both like a nice cold glass of beer. Being abroad is always a challenge to find a beer we like, which reflects our taste of having a beer. In America it wasn’t really that hard to find the brand we liked, it was clearly Budweiser, popularly referred to as Bud.
Budweiser is a lager made with a proportion of rice as a substitute adjunct for barley malt. This immedaitely shows the problem for selling it in Europe as traditional brewers serve beer with only the four main ingredients (water, hops, wheat and barley). So Budweiser is not produced accoring to the German "Reinheitsgebot". But we found out that it didn’t taste distinctively different.
The Budweiser bottle is a rather familiar icon to most Americans. The bottle has remained relatively unchanged since its introduction in 1876. We liked it, but the fraze “King of all Beers” is a bid of an overstatement!
Take a long walk along the...
Take a long walk along the coastal walking/biking trail, any time of the year. Wear your heavy coat in the winter, the ocean breeze can take the temperature down quite a few degrees! The Pacific Ocean. There is nothing like going to sleep to the sound of sea lions barking and seeing ocean every where you turn.
Monterey Bay is Teeming with Wildlife
The ocean drops off the table at Monterey only a couple hundred yards offshore the ocean bottom plummets several thousands of feet. There are kelp jungles growing in the bay and seals, sea lions and otters are abundant.
Did you know that an otter will hook itself into kelp to keep from floating away while asleep? The thick kelp provides camoflague and makes it difficult for any predators to get close to the otter.
Great views of Monterey Bay
The 17-mile Drive offers excellent, panoramic views of Monterey Bay (no surprise there). There are lots of parking areas along the drive, some of them located on the hills overlooking the bay. The bay appears really blue in this picture, and this is just beautiful.
Golden State Theater
The Golden State Theater, when it opened in 1926, was the largest theater between San Francisco and Los Angeles. After major changes and remodeling over the years, the theater was in decline in the 70s and 80s. In the 1990s, restoration began with the installation of a new pipe organ and repainting of the interior, followed by all new flooring and seating. Today the Golden State Theater shows a variety of older movies along with concerts--in 2007 they've hosted Kenny Rogers, KD Lang, and even Lily Tomlin.
The Golden State Theater is located downtown on Alvarado St.