Had the pleasure of being in the heartland of Bavarian beer culture – Munich Germany last week. These people take their beer very seriously – it’s an important part of their heritage. In particular they are focused on the Weiss (Wheat beer) which represents about a quarter of all beer consumed there. They are big on the lagers — Helles, Dunkel and Bock being favorites. I was able to try many of them as I could get my hands on (which was a lot) – and while the beer was uniformly fresh and good, after a while I had to admit I was longing for an ale – or just some US West Coast Hoppiness.
But, there are worse (wurst?) things than to be forced to drink lager – and it was important to know that there are some beer rules in Germany that are very different. For example, you can have a Weiss Beer and weiss wurst for breakfast… but you would never order it after the noon bell rings! (See photo below).
And beer is OK to have any/every where – for example the Munich Zoo had three beer gardens on the grounds! I also found it interesting that while the German language beer menu at the famous Hofbrau House listed their tasty (and potent) Maibock, the English menu did not. I guess they think we can’t handle the truth.
More on Bavarian Beer in another post shortly.