Bavarian beer - Unique world wide
Whereas elsewhere beer is seen as a drink of pleasure in Bavaria it is considered more as a basic food (although we do of course still enjoy it!). It’s hardly surprising when you look at the statistics: on average a Bavarian consumes from birth to the grave some 150 litres (40 gallons) of beer per year putting Bavarians right at the top of the beer consuming list of states in Germany.
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Off to a great start. The beer garden season officially starts in May in true style round the maypole with traditional May dances and a barrel of tasty “Maibock”. More about the fine diffenence ...
There are some 40 types of beer and over 4,000 brands of Bavarian beer. Here is an overview of the principal beers:
In summer all roads eventually lead to a beer garden. And good job too for it is here that the highly valued and highly refreshing state drink – also known as liquid gold - awaits both tourists and locals alike.
Check out our two city brewery and beer sightseeing tours in Bayreuth "The Bayreuth beer tour" and in Nuremberg "Beery delights - 700 years of beer".
The handcrafted beer, nine breweries, two malting companies, the traditional brew pubs and beer gardens, lavishly embedded in the Baroque splendour of this world heritage city in northern Bavaria, make for a beer drinkers' paradise.
All you want to know about the Oktoberfest in Munich - the world's largest folk festival.
Graminger Weißbier is lovingly brewed today in the traditional handcrafted way. Neither filtered nor preserved, the beer maintains its natural state and yeasty cloudiness. This traditional brewing craft has already been honored with three gold medals in the “European Beer Star” international beer competition.
In the brew pubs of Bamberg, there’s an extraterritorial place called the “Schwemm”. It’s an archway through the middle of the pub, where the barrels used to leave the brewery on their carts. And a “Schnitt” is the “One for the road”-beer.
Smoking beer? Is that legal? It is in Bamberg. And it even adheres to the Bavarian Purity Laws! This speciality beer obtains its taste due to the roasted malt. Unlike most other beers nowadays, where the malt is dried industrially by hot air, the malt for the smoke beer is kiln-dried over an open fire.
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