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Bier and Fun Times in Deutschland

by John on November 14, 2011

Those who have met me know of my love for Europe; so diverse, so interesting and, of course, excellent beer. In my opinion, Germany is all of these things and more. It’s my favourite country because I’ve always had a great time with the locals. Berlin is my favourite city; I first visited there in 2002 and fell in love with it the following year. Time spent in other parts has also been awesome.

german beer Bier and Fun Times in Deutschland

Most bottle shops have a wide range of beers to try (and great prices too!)

Germany epitomizes a common mantra in life – work hard, play hard. Mine has a slight twist – work when you need to and then play hard! More to the point, in Germany you can be who you want to be and nobody cares. And if they do care, they still won’t judge you. I don’t judge and I don’t like to be judged.

schofferhofer Bier and Fun Times in Deutschland

I love wheat beer but this was the first time I tried a dark wheat beer. Delicious!

Part of playing hard is the truly wonderful beer, second only to Belgian beer in my books. Sure if you received a glass with such enormous head in Australia, you’d have the right to smack the pourer over their own head, but that’s the norm in Germany. If they serve it, it’s delicious, whether pilsner, wheat, lager, unfiltered, bock, dark or Kölsch.

liske Bier and Fun Times in Deutschland

On top of the endless bottled beer available, local microbreweries also tempt the palate.

The German Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) is well-known and you can taste that special difference with every sip. And when you’re hanging out with old or new friends it tastes even better. I also love that there seems to be an endless number of brands anywhere you look. Oktoberfest is a unique festival but you can make your own fun in any town. Not to mention the fact that you can freely walk down the street with a bottle in one hand, while the other waves to the polizei.

german dark Bier and Fun Times in Deutschland

Ahhh Schwarzbier…nothing like a black beer after a hearty German meal.

If you don’t share my enthusiasm for Germany, please give it another go. It’s the land of beer and sausages, so how can you go wrong? Next time I’m there, I’ll be sure to find a bar and order a Weizen or Hefeweizen, then sit and watch the world go by.

What’s your favourite place in Germany? What is their local beer like?

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Cheryl Howard November 15, 2011 at 12:05 am

So glad you had such a great time in Berlin and also Germany in general! Was wonderful to see you two again. Prost!

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:29 pm

Thanks Cheryl! We had a great time in Prenzlauer Berg. Keep enjoying it in Berlin!

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The World of Deej November 15, 2011 at 3:40 am

I haven’t made it to Germany yet, but I’m a big fan of the Altenmunster Oktoberfest in Epcot:)

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Andrea’s told me about Epcot. You won’t be disappointed with the real thing!

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Anonymous November 15, 2011 at 5:42 am

munich. I loooooove munich.  ummm…i don’t really remember how the beer was…just that there was a lot of it. :)

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Munich is great, during Oktoberfest or otherwise!

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zablon mukuba November 15, 2011 at 6:23 am

i love my local beer the most but i would still love to sample all those goodies on the shelves

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

So many goodies, too!

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Julia @ Turkey's For Life November 15, 2011 at 8:44 am

We’ve always had great fun in Germany. Berlin is up there as one of my favourite cities. AND of course, the beer choices are great, too. Wish we had such choice on the supermarket shelves in Turkey. we get all excited if we see a special-limited-offer imported beer from Germany. 
Julia

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Ah, but Turkey has the beaches!

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Jeremy Branham November 15, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Hold on – they have beer in Germany????

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:33 pm

WIne as well, in case you didn’t know!

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Adam November 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

BEER!

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Beer indeed!

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Andrew November 15, 2011 at 9:25 pm

And there shall be beer! 

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Hey Andrew. That microbrewery in Freiburg was outstanding!!

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Debbie Beardsley November 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Oh I do share your love and enthusiasm of Germany!  It’s my favorite too.  I’ll add schnitzel and goulash soup to your list of foods that go great with beer.

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:35 pm

Thanks great, Debbie. Schnitzel definitely makes the world go ’round!

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Krista November 16, 2011 at 5:30 am

I absolutely adore Germany too! It’s the country I return to again and again in my travels, and I never tire of it. :-)

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm

That’s right, so many different regions in one country.

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Cam November 16, 2011 at 7:21 am

Love it! Germans definitely know how to brew a tasty beer ;-)

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:37 pm

They sure do, Cam!

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Andi Perullo November 16, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I definitely want to return to Germany soon! It’s the land of my peeps.

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Hi Andi. They certainly know how to have a good time!

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Stephanie - The Travel Chica November 16, 2011 at 4:04 pm

I like your life mantra :-)

And I LOVE the beer in Germany!

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Andrea and John November 16, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Thanks Stephanie. My second mantra could possibly be “a beer a day keeps the doctor away”!

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Marie-Eve Vallieres November 17, 2011 at 4:17 am

It really sucks that I don’t like beer. I feel like I’m missing out on the European experience, and the beer-quest kind of thing. I always steal a sip from my husband’s selection, so maybe eventually I’ll be a fan :-) Great post!

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Andrea and John November 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Thanks. Give beer a go, I say!

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Lemansky hates Kavannah November 17, 2011 at 6:23 am

The Germans just don’t muck around, they are perfectionists with everything, particularly when it comes to beer and food, and for this the country must be adored.

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Andrea and John November 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Vendrell agrees. It’s a great country!

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Sam Kynman-Cole November 17, 2011 at 5:44 pm

You’re spot on. German beer is excellent, second only to Belgian beer!

I too love Berlin, there was something about walking around that city which was so cool. Perhaps it was being able to drink a beer while eating your  kebab on the street. But it was more than just that…

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Andrea and John November 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Thanks Sam! Some cities just have that certain touch.

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Jade November 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Bob feels the same way… I think he and John would get along great! haha

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Andrea and John November 18, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Bob knows what’s good then!

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Raymond @ Man On The Lam November 19, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Beer?? In Germany???? Well, I never… :)

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Andrea and John November 20, 2011 at 1:05 am

I detect sarcasm…

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Anonymous November 21, 2011 at 12:26 pm

So glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed Germany so much (just sad that we weren’t able to meet up).  I love living here and for me Munich is the best city I could live in since it’s close to the mountains, but is still exciting in itself without being too big.

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Andrea and John November 21, 2011 at 11:45 pm

Thanks Laurel! We’ll be back one day for sure!

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Jade November 21, 2011 at 12:48 pm

For a moment there I was thinking ” NO WAY…Belgian beer is the best beer!” but then you confirmed that it is, indeed the best, and I am content.

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Andrea and John November 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

It sure is, however, German beer comes awfully close (and even better if you ask Andrea!)

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Snooker in Berlin June 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

You should try Köstritzer schwarzbier. Dark brown with a significant tan head; nutty, malty taste… ah, nector of the German beer quality gods.

Next time you come to Berlin, look me up!

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inspiringtravellers June 25, 2012 at 5:20 pm

Sounds excellent – thanks for the tip! Will have to look out for it next time. See you next time we are in Berlin!

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