Hi, Strange request here. I have a large family party which for diverse reasons will be German themed in September this year. I'm looking for local suggestions from locals as I plan to do a day trip to stock up on German bier and various other items from the Uk. I can pick up a small selection in the UK but at 2.50 Euros a bottle it is going to be more cost effective for a day trip. Calais is the usual option for us Brits but again overpriced unless I want to buy rubbish french beer.
So, as the Venlo border area is the nearest time-wise from the UK (Done the trip many times to lots of parts of Germany) i'm looking for tips on retail stores (or bulk beer shops) as close to the border as possible. I know i'll have to pick up the cost of the 'deposit' or pfand on the bottles/crates but as it still easily is less than 1 euro a bottle its worthwhile for a trip for 200-300 bottles.
I'm not after craft beer or unusual stuff so I don't need a lecture from beer snobs :-) Just a simple selection of the main brands (Warsteiner, Paulaner, Veltins, Krombacher etc and maybe stretch it to some Hacker Pschoor and Rothaus.)
I'll also be looking to pick up Wurst, Frikadellen and traditional German condiments.
It will probably be a Saturday trip so Monday/Friday businesses would be no good.
Any advice would be great