5 Interesting Facts You Should Know About German Beers

 

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From monks to Czechs to malt to shandies, the history of the German beer is as fascinating and surprising as its flavors.

Read on to discover some fun and interesting facts that perhaps you didn’t know about German beers.

 

Fact #1. The world’s oldest brewery is located in Germany – and is still operating up to this day.

Evidence proves that as early as the 8th century AD, beer was brewing at Bavaria’s Weihenstephan monastery, although the brewery was only officially discovered in 1040. This was when it received its license to sell and brew beer from Freising. Another brewery was opened by the Weltenburg monastery, but only 10 years after Weihenstephan.

Up until today, the Weihenstephan brewery, now known as the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan, has continued to brew delicious flavors of beer and has even won four beer awards.

 

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Fact #2. The light beer Pilsner was made in the Czech Republic.

Pizen, or Pilsen, is a town in the western part of Bohemia but was earlier part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was German-speaking. When they decided to make a big brewery during the 1840s, they concocted a new kind of beer together with Bavarian brewer Josef Groll. The flavor was utterly delicious and so its popularity spread to the whole of Europe. This is exactly the reason why the Pilsner beer is sold in Germany and in fact holds the biggest market share.

 

Fact #3. Even if you drink beer daily for 15 years, you won’t taste the same kind of beer.

There are over 40 kinds of malt, a hundred sorts of hops, and 200 types of yeast strains. These 3 things are the only ingredients allowed by the purity law to be used to make beer, with the addition of water. So you can imagine how many variants of beer you can make out of these. Now, do you believe that you won’t drink the same beer if you keep drinking every day for 15 years in Germany? Amazing! And don’t worry, as per the German Brewers Federation, one can drink every single day for 15 straight years.

 

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Fact #4. Liquid bread is what the German monks called it before.

Apparently, the monasteries were the first breweries in Germany. The monks would stew the hops and barley and boil them. They did not have any idea about the significance of yeast in fermentation.

According to history, the monks brewed near the bakeries; thus, the fermentation process took place even without them actually adding the yeast, as they were already surrounded with it because of these bakeries. They actually thought the fermentation method was a miracle.

When Lent came and the monks fasted for 40 days, they were forbidden to eat bread but they were allowed to drink beer, so they called it ‘Flussiges Brot,’ meaning ‘liquid bread.’

 

Fact #5. No great bonds between Germany and Namibia, but the beer relationship remains alive.

In the 2014 top beer consumers’ list, Germany came in 4th and Namibia followed 5th, which is odd that a country like Namibia could win over the United States and Europe, which are placed 17th and 27th respectively. Interestingly, from 1884 up until 1919, the Germans colonized Namibia, which is why the German culture remains alive there. And like Germany, Namibia also celebrates Oktoberfest in its capital city Windhoek.

 

To Sum It Up

There are a few more things you wouldn’t have thought about the beers of Germany, but we hope these five facts have perked your interest and you had fun reading the article. I, for one, can’t wait to grab an ice-cold beer right this minute!

 

 

Things To Do In Munich During Oktoberfest (Stress Reliever)

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Germany’s Oktoberfest is well known as the largest beer festival in the world. However, there’s more to it than beer drinking traditions. Besides the flooding of authentic German beer during the whole duration of the event, there are also special events, a variety of good food, parade and more fun activities that people can enjoy. Here are the lists of stress-relieving attractions that people can expect during the Oktoberfest.

Lots Of Beer Tents 

Since beer is the major attraction of the whole event, beer tents are on the number one spot. There are several large and small tents available in the location, and each one of them has its way of brewing beer. The large tents can hold about seven to ten thousand people. But take note, beer is not the only thing that can be purchased inside the tent because people can find a variety of delicious classic foods in there as well. People can enjoy both chugging beer and eating Bavarian delicacies

There are 11 tents during the event, and one of the newer tents is called Marstall. Although it’s new, its popularity rose up in an instant. That’s because of its variety of traditional beers and food. Not all that, it is accompanied by a band playing on an outstanding carousel stage where it changes the atmosphere of the tent and fields it with rustic music that enlightens every individual’s senses. On the other hand, one of the older tents called Augustiner-Festhalle is well known as the friendliest tent. The waitresses here are full of smiles even though they get rigorously flooded with a lot of tasks.

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Oktoberfest Parade 

One of the major attractions of the Oktoberfest is its parade. The opening parade of the event features the different breweries and landlords roaming in the streets. Traditional style floats and carriages accompany it. A lot of traditional costumes get showcased during the parade, and thousands of musicians gather to play on an open field for the welcoming of the celebration. Typical tourist and not just the beer enthusiasts can enjoy this event. Food carriages are also available. It serves classical German delicacies and a lot more. Since it is a parade, everyone can participate. Though it’s not compulsory, it is much recommended to dress up during the event.

The OideWiesn

Located on the southern part of the Oktoberfest area is its calmer vibe-side OideWiesn, the place where everything happened. The location is filled with vintage costumes, entertaining decorations and 20th-century fun rides that can be enjoyed by kids and adult alike. Also inside the area is the Museum-tent which shows the tourists the eventful history of how Oktoberfest originated. The vicinity of OideWiesn offers two Beer tents which entirely serve great food.

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Family Day

Believe it or not, Oktoberfest is also a family event. Although the majority of its attraction is the alcoholic beverages, the whole festival still covers fun and entertaining activities that can also be great for families. The festival grounds are covered with fun rides that are kid-friendly. Even the beer tents offered family shows that can be attractive for children, younger youths, and party goers.

The English Garden

The atmosphere of Oktoberfest is sometimes suffocating due to the noise, drinking and crowded surrounding. So if people want to take a quick break from all the overpowered fun, the English garden is the best option. It is one of the world’s biggest open parks.

Although it is well established that the main attraction of the event is the endless chugging of beer, people know that the three-week celebration is still capable of providing fun and exciting entertainment for all.

Best Beer Festivals In Germany

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A lot of people all over the world love beer. But do you know that the origin of beer is traceable back to Germany? Yes, it is where beer is one of the most popular beverages in the country. The Germans love beer so much that it became a significant part of their culture, hence the creation of the Oktoberfest.

It is well-established that Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival not only in Germany but also in some parts of the world. However, attending the festival can be very expensive. Luckily, there are still some alternatives to enjoy Oktoberfest on a budget, though I have to admit, it will still cost a lot. If you are very attracted to celebrating beer festivals in Germany, here are some of the best beer parties held there.

Oktoberfest – It is the largest and the most popular beer festival in the world that can last for three whole weeks. During the Oktoberfest, the event goers wear Bavarian theme costumes. It somehow adds a twist on the celebration. There are classic German delicacies served in the tent, partnered with a glass or bottle of cold beer, accompanied with rustic music from the local bands performing on stage. The Oktoberfest is kicked off with a grand parade.

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Stuttgart Beer Festival – Second to Oktoberfest is the Stuttgart beer festival. It is also a popular brew festival in Germany that most people look forward to attending. King Wilhelm founded the festival in 1818. He started the festival as a symbol of the end of the terrible German famine. The celebration features a gigantic open market that families with kids can enjoy. The fair in the festival ground features a lot of fun rides and special events that all ages can enjoy. The whole affair gets flooded with beer, 70 brands to be exact. That’s a lot of choices for a beer enthusiast.

Frühlingfest – The Frühlingfest in Munich Germany or most commonly known as the spring festival is a mini version of Oktoberfest. That’s because it was held on the same ground of Oktoberfest in the Theresienwiese (open space in Munich). It is the origin place of Oktoberfest according to history. The festival features traditional polka bands, a fair with fun rides, festive music, and lots and lots of beer. Beer tents are also visible during the event. It is not as grand as the beer tents of the Oktoberfest though, but it’s a lot more economical.

Freimarkt – The Bremen Freimarkt is the oldest fair in Germany and is scheduled after the Oktoberfest. So for those people who can’t come and enjoy Oktoberfest, they can still have the option to celebrate drinking authentic German beer in Germany during the Freimarkt. The Old classic event happened in 1035. Although it is somehow a traditional festival, it still draws approximately 4 million people from Northern Germany. The Freimarkt features carnivals, street parties, and a massive beer festivity.

Schützenfest – The Schützenfest is the world’s largest celebration for marksmen and beer that is celebrated every July in Germany. It is an event that started in 1529 where it welcomes around 5,000 marksmen. The celebration features a marksmen parade, six beer tents, carnivals, and floats. The festival can draw approximately 1.5 million spectators per year.

Gaubodenvolksfest – The first celebration of the agricultural festival Gaubodenvolksfest was in 1812. It is a ten-day festival in August that features a Bavarian parade that showcases traditional German costumes, horse carriage rides, and a wide variety of beers as well.

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Next time you want to celebrate beer festivals, you can always count on Germany. They surely have enough activities to offer, not to mention tons of beers that you can enjoy.