Few cities are more strongly associated with beer than Munich is - this is the home of beer gardens and the Oktoberfest after all!
Former Munich resident Karl Marx wasn’t kidding around when he declared beer to be the "staple food of Munich".
The Germans even classify beer as food for tax purposes making for wonderfully reasonable prices – beer is actually cheaper than cola or bottled water just about everywhere you go.
Beer is usually served in half-litre glasses, but the one-litre Maß is also very common.
At most beer festivals including Oktoberfest it’s all they serve. Quarter-litre glasses do exist, but tend to be reserved for grandmas.
WATCH: You won't believe how many beers this German waiter carried when he set the new record.
Draught beer is termed "vom Fass".
Munich beer is best enjoyed in a beer garden with a few good friends, pretzels, quality banter and a few laughs.
Germany (total): .....104.7L
Bavaria: ......................135 -140L
Czech Republic: .......142.6L
And the clear winners are: the Czechs! Well, everyone’s gotta be the best at something, right? Still, the Bavarian's aren't that far behind.
Sources: Wiki, www.bayerisches-bier.de
LIQUID BREAD: Beer is Bavaria is sometimes
known as Flussiges Brot, or "liquid bread".
Pic: CC by Peter Baker
Brewing used to be an ad-hoc affair, with nasties like tree bark, moss and animal fats often thrown in the mix for want of quality ingredients.
So the Bavarian Beer Purity Law (Bayerische Reinheitsgebot) was introduced by Duke Wilhelm IV and his brother Ludwig X on April 23, 1516. This law decreed that only barley, hops and water were the only ingredients allowed in beer, and the rule was later ammended to allow wheat.
Yeast, which is vital for the fermentation process, was not understood back in those days and brewers allowed natural yeast from the air to do their work for them.
In fact, no-one had properly shed a light on the mysteries of yeast until Louis Pasteur discovered the fermentation process in 1857 - despite people having made beer and bread for thousands of years!
The Reinheitsgebot is the world’s oldest and most famous food regulation, and many breweries still stick to it even though it hasn't been the law to do so for many years.
It continues to set Bavarian and Munich beer apart with a seal of quality.
LIQUID GOLD: Me with a Maß of the good stuff at Munich's Hofbräuhaus.
FAN FAVORITE: Augustiner beer is Munich's
favorite. On the left is a Weissbier (white beer)
on the right a Dunkles (dark beer).
Pic: CC augustiner varieties .A.A.
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