Beer is a German drink and a “drug”; it is culture and their pride; it is life and their belonging.
I used to feel that beer is not boring, especially in the Chinese market, which is monopolized by several big beer brands. But we still can’t do without beer, because few people sit on the Mazar of the street barbecue stall, elegantly open the bottle of red wine, and no one in the summer yard, holding the turmeric flower glass slowly and slamming the “flower of Paris” . Beer may not be noble, nor does it require a lot of ritual, but it exists in everyone’s hands.
I always thought that beer is a personal feeling, not the wine itself. I rarely remember the taste of beer and wine. More is just a mixture of things. Everyone smiles and laughs.
It wasn’t until I went to Germany, a country that was soaked in beer, that I changed this impression. Beer is almost a compulsory course for Germans every day. As soon as you come to Germany, you can almost enter the restaurant and you can see at least half a liter of beer on the table.
The Germans simply drink beer as water. In addition to drinking while eating, you can also hold the steering wheel in one hand and take beer in one hand. Old people drink beer, and children can drink. In Germany, anything can be expensive, but beer alone is not expensive.
Drink beer, I only serve Germans.
Before coming to Germany, although I often heard that De Beer was good, the concept that came to my mind was: dark beer, white beer, and yellow beer.
In the country, imported supermarkets can also buy canned beer, but it has not yet been able to appreciate its special features. After truly integrating into the local life, I have seen many of the beer types that Germany has developed in history, and also remember the taste experience that only German beer can bring.
German classmates told me that German-made beer is very different from the characteristic beer developed in Germany. It is two concepts. German-made beer is just a beer produced by a multinational winery in Germany. The formula and production method are set. The beer in the cans is similar to the beer produced in other regions. However, if you want to drink the specialty beer developed in Germany, you can choose more.
For acidophilic people, Berliner Weisse is the most recommended. Listen to my German buddy (confidence), this beer is known as “Northern Champagne”, usually high in fermentation, low in alcohol, very popular in Germany. The taste of sauerkraut wheat for the first time is very dry, and the taste of lactic acid is very obvious.
The same sweet beer, called Gose. Like its name, this beer has a refreshing and chic taste, a bit of salty in acid, and a spicy taste (usually astringent). It is said that many winemakers are unable to stop this unique beer compared to many other German beer. I am very fond of the sour taste of Gusi. When I visited the supermarket after returning to China, I actually bought the Mission Gose of the evil twin (Evil Twin), which made me happy.
Smoked beer is also a major feature of Germany. Needless to say, the smoked beer has a smoky flavor and is slightly rushed. In my perception, smoking is actually a “taste,” but German friends have emphasized to me that their smoked beer is a “style.” Smoked beer has developed its own characteristics in Bamberg, Germany. If you have the chance to go to Bamburgh, you may wish to go to the Heller-Trum and Spezial wineries, which are quite historic and still focus on brewing traditional German smoked beer.
In addition, old-fashioned beer, Cologne beer, and blog, all of which can be tasted in Germany. Old-fashioned beer usually has a balanced taste of bitterness and malt, with some fruity flavors, while Cologne beer has a subtle fruity aroma of yeast, giving a clean, refreshing and balanced feel; The concentration of lager is the best liqueur I have ever tasted in Germany. The sweetness of malt is quite obvious. It is just like the first love girl, but it is just right.
In the German bar, there will always be surprises
There are a wide variety of bars in Germany, including traditional taverns with a long history, bustling bars belonging to the fans, and a high-end carnival “night club” with entertainment facilities.
In Germany, people of all ages can find their own bar. The love of wine is no longer a patent for young people, even those who are 60 years old will have their own wine culture in this country. This beer culture is not only the joy, indulgence or enthusiasm brought by alcohol, it is more freedom and life.
The colours of most German bars are dim and the ceiling is decorated with small lanterns and paper lanterns for a chic atmosphere. At the corner of the bar, there are plenty of cushion seats, making it comfortable. In the afternoon of the holiday or on the night after work, the lazy Germans sit in the position, talk, or look at each other, or drink quietly.
I live in Tübingen, a small town in South Germany, and I often go to a bar called Liquid. There is a Frisbee next to Liquid’s bar. Since the customers are mostly students, they can play two darts competitions while drinking, and it feels cool and youthful.
In the event of a match, a holiday or the end of a college student’s semester, the bar is quite lively. At the end of the fall semester, go to the club with the classmates. It feels like a famous hot pot restaurant in the country, which is like a hot night. Friends of all sizes, who come and go, hold bottles in their hands and cheer while playing games. We are here to find happiness, comfort or courage, peace, and friends to meet, and chat with strange friends to spend a cup of wine. Drink and stop at the bar at the right time.
The German way of going to the bar is like a Chinese way of drinking tea, but it is not entirely recreational. In a big sense, it also has some elements of life ritual. What people expect in the bar is not a single thing, but the impact of taste, sight, hearing, smell, touch and so on. The pub culture and the beauty of the night that I feel in Germany are unimaginable in traditional Chinese customs.
To put it more, most of the wine lists in Germany (especially in small cities) are written in German, and a few will be accompanied by an English wine list. If you don’t understand German or decide not to, the waiter in the bar is still very willing to help people with difficult diseases. They will also ask you what flavors you like and give you special notes on the spot. Most of the special adjustments are to see the mood of the bartender, and there will be surprises at any time.
Meet the Oktoberfest and have a drink
When you hear the words “The Oktoberfest,” you can’t literally think that it’s as simple as a group of people getting together and drinking. In Germany, the Oktoberfest is a grand carnival, much richer than a large beer.
The Oktoberfest on the German soil was first celebrated in October 1810 in the wedding of Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Hills of Saxony, and later evolved into a traditional folk festival.
If you come to Germany in the season of “Golden September, Silver 10”, you will definitely see the national level of “beer smashing” – the street beer stalls, millions of liters of beer, hundreds of thousands of bananas are swept away ,
The whole city is full of joy. That’s right, this is Germany’s annual “October Beer Carnival.”
This national beer festival, which used to open on the first Saturday after September 15th, closed on the first Sunday in October. In 2000, the new regulations were imposed. If the first Sunday in October is October 1 or 2, the Oktoberfest will be automatically extended to the National Day of Germany (October 3). Therefore, the “October Beer Carnival” also has the meaning of the Germans celebrating the National Day.
Many cities in Germany hold their own beer festivals at different times, the most famous of which is the Munich Oktoberfest in Munich, the capital of Bavaria. It is held every year from the third Saturday in September to the first Sunday in October.
For me living in the small town of South Germany, Stuttgart’s beer festival (The Cannstatter Wasen, Germany’s second largest beer carnival) is closer to the water tower than the Oktoberfest.
From Tubingen to Stuttgart, as long as an hour’s train ride, the classmates in the class were able to schedule the schedule a week in advance. Intimate Stuttgart main train station, arranged for the special subway U11 during the festival, sit at the Cannstatter Volksfest station to see the eye-catching entrance, even without navigation, the mobile crowd directly took us to the venue.
There are not many visitors to the Stuttgart Beer Festival, and most of them are locals in the Bavarian State, so they are more authentic. This can be seen from the fact that they are dressed in a readable Bavarian folk costume. Among them, the most classic styles are women’s vest dresses (Dirndl) with short puff sleeve shirts and aprons, men’s leather pants with “H” straps, with regional shirts. There will be a folk parade at the opening ceremony. The time we arrived was not seen late, it is a pity.
At the Oktoberfest, drinking beer is of course the highlight. There are a lot of beer greenhouses (more than 16 years old), which supplies a variety of local beer in Bafu. The locals were very enthusiastic. I sat with my friends for a while. I haven’t started to order wine. There are local people sitting next to us and chatting. We can communicate with the English and English.
There are different bands in the shed, and the music is mainly played at noon. At night, it is the live BAND (band), German and English songs. Move to the big tents and feel the different atmosphere.
Sitting in the tent, looking at the handsome guy on the table to fight the wine, aiming at the beautiful girl waiter, but also to see the Germans unloading the “rigorous” coat after the different poses: the crowd writhing figure, the couple who kissed the kiss, and The roast chicken and roast meat lingering in the tent and the Oktoberfest venue are all the catalytic products of this small beer.
I often wonder why a beer has such a great magic for the Germans? However, at the Beer Festival, I understood: Beer is a German drink, and it is also a “drug”; it is culture and their pride; it is life and their belonging. Through this simple liquid, the German people convey their spiritual aspirations and exude their passion for madness and madness. They feel freedom, find themselves, and pursue the most real and simple happiness.
That is the happiest festival I have ever seen. Everyone enjoys it. There are still many people on the way back, and they continue to drink and sing. When night falls, the train carries all the way to the dear town, and the day’s carnival is coming to an end.
I remember that when the beer festival and friends were hesitant to buy a wine, the uncle who was selling beer oppositely raised a glass of wine and said aloud: “Wenn man nicht tr?nke, würde man alt. (No more alcohol.) )”
Then, the music around me rang, and the crowds twitched, so I picked up the wine glasses and swayed with the music, as if I had become a part of them at the moment.