German Beer Day
Are you a beer fan? Beer is a delicious, malty beverage that has a rich flavor with thick foam. Are you already dreaming of grabbing an ice-cold beer from the fridge as you end your day?
You’ll also find out that Germany is home to many of the world’s best beers. A rich German beer can add elegance to any event. German Beer Day is a celebration of the creativity and craftsmanship of German brewers all over the world.
Germany is the home of the oldest brewery in the globe. Beer quickly became a staple in Europe in the Middle Ages, when it was still a common drink, particularly in areas that couldn’t grow grapes for wine. It wasn’t as popular as water, a myth that explains why microbes like Cholera couldn’t survive in the alcoholic beverage. However, it was still widely available and easily accessible to all tiers of society.
The Reinheitsgebot was a “purity law” that established how beer must be made and sold in Bavaria. It is a significant contribution to the rich history of German beer. This regulation required purity. Only water, barley, hops and hops were allowed in the beverage. It was intended to protect consumers from low-quality, overpriced beer as well as ensure sufficient wheat and rye for bread-making.
It was eventually adopted throughout Germany, and became a national law in 1906. The Reinheitsgebot, the oldest consumer protection law still in force, has seen many modifications and adjustments in recent years.
It now recognizes yeast (16th-century Germans were unaware that yeast was what caused the beer to ferment). Other types of malted grains, such as wheat, are allowed in top-fermented beer. The Neuzeller Kloster Brewery won a ten year legal battle to keep their Schwarzer Abt (“Black Abbot”) beer brand classified as beer, even though it contains sugar. The Reinheitsgebot has not lost its resolve to make German beer a high-quality, pure beverage, despite all the amendments.
Despite a decline in beer consumption in Germany, exports to other countries have increased. The biggest buyers are China, Italy and the USA. German Beer Day allows you to celebrate the delicious golden stuff from all over the globe!
There are many German beers you can enjoy. From Pilsener, the most well-known pale lager to Kellerbiers (“cellar beer”), dark and unfiltered Lagers to Weissbier, Weizenbier (meaning “white beer” and “wheat beer”) to Marzen, the medium-bodied beer that is popular at Oktoberfest, there are plenty to choose from. For those who don’t like pure beer, Radler is a beer with lemonade.
Oettinger and Beck’s are some of the most famous German breweries. Bavaria, in the south east of the country, is home to many smaller, locally-produced brands. There are over 1,000 breweries in the country and more than 5,000 varieties of beer.
There are many ways to enjoy German beer. Although many people associate “Stein” with German beer it was actually an English term for traditional beer mugs. The Mass, or Masskrug is perhaps the most well-known German beer mug. These are the large-sized tanksards that are popular in Bavaria as well as Austria. It’s possible to transport whole stacks of them. The world record holder, who weighed in at over 60kg, was able to hold 27 of them simultaneously. The Stange, which holds between a quarter and a third of an liter, is another famous drinking tool. Another popular one is the Bierstiefel (“beer boot”) which is used often at parties.
The most widely consumed drink in Germany is beer, and the Franconia Region in South Germany has the highest concentration of beer anywhere in the world. This delicious beverage is a central part of German culture, and it is celebrated throughout the country.
Oktoberfest is the most well-known event. It takes place in Munich in late September through early October. This festival sees millions of liters being consumed every year. Revelers dress in traditional Bavarian clothing – dirndls for women and lederhosen for men – and perform traditional oom-pah dances under large tents. You can also find many other beer festivals throughout the country.
German beer gardens are very popular. There are many beer houses around the world, including the well-known Staatliches Hofbrauhaus in Munich. You can also enjoy German delights like Schnitzel and Bratwurst, as well as refreshing beers.
Drinking German Beer Day is the best way to celebrate! You can either have a tall, foamy glass of Helles, or, if your preference is stronger, a Weizenbock. A dark rye beer that you can eat with a spoon is a good choice. A Roggenbier is a good choice. For something sweet, try a Berliner Weisse.
You can find beer gardens in your area, or book tickets for Oktoberfest in Munich. Tickets and accommodation sell out quickly! A brewery tour is a great way to see the fascinating process of brewing. You can also sample the produce as you go. You might also enjoy beer tasting with an expert who will show you a variety of beers.