Happy German Beer Day

by California Globetrotter Photo copyright dpa/picture alliance All fanatics need a national “holiday” dedicated to the thing they love most. For me, I love BEER. Good beer. Light Beer. Dark Beer. Filtered Beer. Unfiltered Beer. German beer. American beer. English beer. You name it, I love it! Therefore, I wasn’t in the least [...]

By | April 23rd, 2016|Beer, General|Comments Off on Happy German Beer Day

Experience Germany: Straubing Fest

by Shannon Miller Photo courtesy Beginnings in Bayern Everyone knows Oktoberfest, right? Beer tents, people in Bavarian clothes, giant mugs of beer, carnivals, the whole shebang. It's one of the first things people think about when they think of Bavaria, so would you be surprised if I told you a lot of Bavarians [...]

By | June 23rd, 2014|Beer, Expat Life, General, German Culture, Living in Germany, Travel in Germany|Comments Off on Experience Germany: Straubing Fest

Campaigns Play on Local Rivalries to Promote Their Brew

“Oh God“, I hear you cry, “he’s writing about beer again!” Well, with three of my posts in the last year having beer in the title and my recent post on bottle deposits, you might think the topic has been covered as much as it can. Yet far from being ashamed, I stand [...]

By | April 20th, 2010|Beer, Food, General, German Culture, Lost in Deutschland|4 Comments

Easter Eggs, Easter Beer

Growing up in the United States, I remember Easter as being a time to visit the grandparents.  A few weeks beforehand my mother and I would go to a department store and buy an “Easter hat” (usually wide-brimmed with a pink bow around the base) and, every few years, a new dress to [...]

Frühschoppen: German Beer for Breakfast

Beer.  Pretzels.  Sausages dipped in sweet mustard and horseradish.  Sound like fun?  Probably.  Sound like breakfast?  Probably not.  But in Bavaria weissbier or weizenbier (both names for wheat beer), weisswurst (white sausages), and bretzeln (pretzels) are a long-standing brunch tradition.  And the name of the game is Frühschoppen. Perhaps you remember the great cheap [...]

Pfand: The Importance of Bottles

Usually, clearing up after a party is a thoroughly depressing experience. Not only do you repeatedly discover as you open up draws, lift up mats and clean bathtubs that friendship is no barrier to people obeying their natural (and less natural) drunken urges in your flat, you also realise that you’re going to [...]