Germany is known as the home of beer, and there are a number of reasons why that assertion is true. The East European country is the home to a plethora of beer gardens and different brands of beers. However, there are a number of rules and regulations that you need to adhere to when ordering so that you don’t come across as a foreign fool! Here’s how to order a beer in Germany.
Know the beer that you want.
German breweries offer us a wide variety of beers from around Bavaria. By law, breweries are only allowed to use four ingredients: water, grain, hops and yeast. As you would expect, there are different types to order: a light beer called “Helles“, a pilsner translated as “Pils” and dark, white and bock beers going under the monikers “Dunkeles“, “Weissbier” and “Bock und Doppelbock” respectively.
Pick a beer garden and know the rules!
German beer gardens are superb. However, upon your arrival to these vast areas of drunken goodness, make sure that you don’t sit on a table with a brass plaque-that the table is a Stammtisch, the meeting place for a group of regular drinker, and you can bet your bottom euro that they will want their chair upon their arrival.
Don’t stare at the lederhosen.
German’s are famous for their quirky taste in clothing, and it doesn’t come much stranger than lederhosen. So make sure you don’t laugh at their attire; otherwise, you might find yourself standing at the bar waiting for a long time to get served.