Bier and Fun Times in Deutschland

November 14, 2011

german beer brands

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 brands

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.


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.

Brauerei Lieske

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.

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

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

    • Andrea and John

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

  • The World of Deej

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

    • Andrea and John

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

  • Anonymous

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

    • Andrea and John

      Munich is great, during Oktoberfest or otherwise!

  • zablon mukuba

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

    • Andrea and John

      So many goodies, too!

  • Julia @ Turkey’s For Life

    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. 

    • Andrea and John

      Ah, but Turkey has the beaches!

  • Jeremy Branham

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

    • Andrea and John

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

  • Adam


    • Andrea and John

      Beer indeed!

  • Andrew

    And there shall be beer! 

    • Andrea and John

      Hey Andrew. That microbrewery in Freiburg was outstanding!!

  • Debbie Beardsley

    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.

    • Andrea and John

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

  • Krista

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

    • Andrea and John

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

  • Cam

    Love it! Germans definitely know how to brew a tasty beer 😉

    • Andrea and John

      They sure do, Cam!

  • Andi Perullo

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

    • Andrea and John

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

  • Stephanie – The Travel Chica

    I like your life mantra :-)

    And I LOVE the beer in Germany!

    • Andrea and John

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

  • Marie-Eve Vallieres

    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!

    • Andrea and John

      Thanks. Give beer a go, I say!

  • Lemansky hates Kavannah

    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.

    • Andrea and John

      Vendrell agrees. It’s a great country!

  • Sam Kynman-Cole

    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…

    • Andrea and John

      Thanks Sam! Some cities just have that certain touch.

  • Jade

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

    • Andrea and John

      Bob knows what’s good then!

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam

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

    • Andrea and John

      I detect sarcasm…

  • Anonymous

    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.

    • Andrea and John

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

  • Jade

    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.

    • Andrea and John

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

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  • Snooker in Berlin

    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!

    • inspiringtravellers

      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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