Have a Beer Education!

Germany is a well established European tourist destination, known for its food, drink, culture and (of course) Oktoberfest festivities. Here are 10 facts you might not have known about Germany’s  favourite brew!

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  1. Referred to as Reinheitsgebot (Rine-Hites-gaBoat), the German Beer Purity Law is a 499 year old law governing how German beer should be produced. Although the law is technically not in effect today, many breweries around the world have adopted the German standard and still uphold the German Beer Purity Law, just as we here at Oktoberfest Brisbane do!
  2. The oldest written recipe to be discovered is one that explains how to brew beer!
  3. With Germany being the European nation that produces the most amount of beer, it is surprising that the Czechs top the list of most avid beer drinkers – with the Germans coming a close second.
  4. There are over 4,000 brands of beer in Germany. Popular ones include Becks, Warsteiner, Krombacher and Veltins.
  5. Germany is home to a beer pipeline. That’s right! Taps in Veltins-Arena, home of the popular German football club, Schalke, are connected by a 5km tube of beer.
  6. Not all beer is brown. The people of Berlin are known for being colourful. There, you can order a ‘Berliner Weisse’ beer, with either Himbeer (raspberry) or Waldmeister (woodruff-flavoured) syrup. Your beverage, served in a stout, bowl-shaped glass, will be pink or green, respectively.
  7. Germans are not only about the beer, they are very pro-environment. All the beer bottles are actively recycled!
  8. Germany has the largest number of breweries in the world, with 1200 and counting!
  9. At the start of Bavarian Beer Week in Germany, an open-air beer fountain dispenses free beer to the public.
  10. The oldest functional beer brewery in the world is just north of Munich. The Weihenstephan was established in 1040AD by the monks of the Weihenstephan Benedictine monastery.

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