Everybody knows that Germany brews beer, lots of beer and they drink their share as well. But did you know that they are not the world’s biggest consumers? Although they produce 1/3 of the world’s 15,000 beer varieties and have 1500 breweries Germans “only” drink about 110 liters per person per year, that’s around 320 beers!
The Czechs take the title at 110 to 150 liters per capita! Heard of the “purity law”? About 500 years ago Germany enacted a law that stated beer could be made with only 4 ingredients, water, malt, hops and yeast (works for me!).
However, when the European Union was formed in 1987(which Germany is a part of) they said European imports did not have to comply. Most German brewers adhere to the old law, but the change has led to the birth of a thriving craft brew industry (YES!) Where you are in Germany very much dictates what beer you will be served. If you tell the waiter “Ein Bier” he/she will likely scurry off and return with the local brew. In Munich, it’s Hefeweizen or Helles, in Cologne it’s Kolsch, Hambourg it’s Astra.
If you ask for a Kolsch in Munich you may be in for an icy stare!
Reminds me of an old boss from the power plant, he used to like to tell us “know your role and shut your hole”. Johnny K is a smart and funny man and that’s good advice.
In Germany a paper bag is not required when imbibing your favorite beverage in public! How about that folks? You mean we don’t have to act, feel and look like criminals just for enjoying life on the streets? Wow, I like it! Everybody knows what’s in the bag anyway right? So, what’s the point? Of course rowdiness is verboten so it sounds like the Germans have figured out what needs regulating and what may not.I’m writing about Germany a little because a good friend of ours is over there right now to get some work related training (sadly, real work, yep a day job, boo!) his name is Sheahan, here’s a pic.