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Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Security for Oktoberfest

Chugger the Oktoberfest Pimp / Dealer.

I say this with the best intention. That being said our first trip to Munich for the beer pilgrimage was in 2008, then again in 2011, and now 2016 you are partially responsible for our addiction.  We used your blog for advice, knowledge, and experiences. We have now started our own blog. Of course our has 20 years less experience than your but you must know the the torch has been passed and we are running strong. Cant wait to Prost and drink a beer with you at the  Hofbrauhaus Munchen, on September 23, 2016.  

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

85 Days from Today...

It will be a family affair in Munchen. Time to crank up the chatter on the blog. Bier prices are only marginally higher, the Euro is lower, and our thirst is building.

What more could you ask for?


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

An Oldie but a Goodie...

After work, all the brew masters from the Munich breweries sit together in a pub. Needless to say, each brewer orders beer from his own brand, i.e. the Löwenbräu guy orders Löwenbräu, the Hacker-Pschorr guy orders Hacker-Pschorr, and so on. Last one to go is the Augustiner guy. He orders a Coke. Everybody is stunned, asking - "Why?" - "Well", he finally says with a wide grin, "if you are not ordering any beers, then I won't, too.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Early Training

Keith ...
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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Beer Purity Law

Did you know that this year - 2016 - marks the 500 year anniversary of the German Reinheitsgebot? 

Also known as the German Beer Purity Law or Bavarian Purity Law, was made into law in Germany in 1516 as way to regulate the production of beer. It stated that German beer could only contain three ingredients: barley, hops and water. At the time, the existence of yeast had not been discovered.

The law gave the government the right to regulate the ingredients, processes and quality of beer sold to the public. Originally, it ensured that the demand for crops such as wheat-used to make inexpensive bread-did not become scarce or increase in price. Limiting the ingredients also made it safer to drink. At the time the law was introduced, people drank large quantities of beer because water supplies were often polluted. The law kept cheap and unhealthy ingredients out, ensuring the beer remained "pure" for consumers. Previously, brewers had tried everything from roots, fruits, herbs and weeds to poisonous seeds, mushrooms and animal products. Some were used as a substitute for hops and others to increase the intoxicating effect or the shelf life.

The Reinheitsgebot is no longer part of German law. It was replaced in 1993 with the Provisional German Beer Law, which allows for some additional ingredients. However, many German brewers are proud to still abide by the original law.