German beer traditions
German beer culture, according to many experts, is very high. Almost 40% of all brewers of the planet are working in Deutschland. And beer here is drunk more than in any other country in the world: an average German consumes 140 liters of beer per year.
Beer is the “main party” of all celebrations and holidays – both national and state.
And here it is a very curious fact: in Germany there is not super concern production of beer at all. Any German burgher prefers brand of beer that produced in his own village to international brand because he knows for sure, that small breweries are most of all concerned about high quality and distinct taste of their sort of beer and that is why he gets what he wants.
Dortmund is considered to be the most beer city in the country. The name itself, may be, tells little to Americans, but not to Germen. The beer center, of course, it is DAB (Dortmunder Actien Brauerei – Dortmund Joint Stock Brewery).
Residents of Bavaria are not only leaders in beer drinking throughout Germany (240 liters per year for each adult), but also the first in the area of consuming varieties of beers. The most amazing sorts are served in Bierhalle – Munich beer halls, designed for several thousand people. The most huge brewery is Mathaser in Lowenbrau, has 15 rooms, which can simultaneously accommodates about 5,000 people.
Pride of Germany is large beer festivals . They gush rivers delicious beer, bombarded piles of pork knuckles, sausages, sauerkraut stew and savory caraway roll, rattle liter mugs – “maßkrug” and hobnailed boots chattering Bavarian tap dancing ” schuhplattler “, stun rumble bravura music, roaring and whistling swaying, dancing , hugging , singing about ” fun and comfort ” of the Germans and tourists from around the world . This beer frenzy should experience at least once in their life everyone who calls himself a beer lover .
The most famous and stormy beer festival is, of course, Oktoberfest, which is held annually in Munich. Within two weeks, a huge field near the center of the city is a place of this beer rampage. A foundation was laid in 1810, when the Bavarian prince had to make a big feast to appease subordinates and marry Prussian princess. Since then, the festival is held every year and is growing all the time: the last time it was attended by about 7 million people.
Beer festivals are held not only in Munich , but also in many other German cities . For example, in Hannover and in the Rhineland . Hanover is one of the largest exhibition centers in the world Deutsche Messe AG, where within a year the largest 12-14 exhibitions are held . In the exhibition there is Munchner Halle one of the greatest beer restaurant in the world, which is very popular among exhibitors and visitors . The restaurant can accommodate up to 4,000 visitors. Hanover is also one of the oldest restaurants Zur Eiche, which traces its history to the 16th century.