Tag Archives: Munich

• German Beer Industry At Risk As Beer Contaminated With Plastic

German Beer Industry At Risk As Beer Contaminated With Plastic

Invading plastic particles have been identified in a number of German beers threatening the country’s historic beer purity laws. All of the country’s biggest beer and mineral water brands tested were found to contain microscopic plastic fibres, according to a report by The Local, research released on Tuesday and commissioned by consumer rights magazine programme Markt has revealed. […]

• Bitters pack a delicious punch. Which are the best?

Bitters pack a delicious punch. Which are the best?

If you happen to have visited a cocktail bar recently, you might have noticed that the forest of spirits has been augmented by a sapling colony of much smaller bottles, often decorated with ornate, old-fashioned labels. These are cocktail bitters, customarily added in minute quantities – usually a drop or two – but making a […]

• Oktoberfest starts Oct 7. Is your arm ready for mug-holding contest?

Oktoberfest starts Oct 7. Is your arm ready for mug-holding contest?

Eins, zwei, drei. On cue, 13 men from across the country raise 13 massive, beer-filled steins out in front of their bodies with straight, outstretched arms. They hold them there, each of their brew-bearing arms parallel to the ground, one hand tightly gripping the mug’s thick glass handle. Their challenge is to hold up the […]

• 50 Must Try Hoppy Beers. Is Your Favorite On This List?

50 Must Try Hoppy Beers. Is Your Favorite On This List?

It is evident that the use of hops in beers has evolved to a point far beyond a function of perseverance. Yes, in the days of old, extra lupulin was administered to beers to withstand the arduous journey from England around the Horn of Africa to colonized regions of India. But today, the utilization of […]

• What I learned from my 46-day beer-only fast

What I learned from my 46-day beer-only fast

Editor’s Note: J. Wilson is an award-winning homebrewer and author of “Diary of a Part-Time Monk.” By J. Wilson, Special to CNN About this time last year, I set off down a path that hadn’t been traveled for centuries. I fasted on beer and water for the duration of Lent. While that sounds like a […]

• A Beer Lover’s Trip of a Lifetime

A Beer Lover’s Trip of a Lifetime

2 Weeks – May 5-19, 2012 With more than 1,300 active breweries, Germany is arguably the greatest beer country in the world. Millions of beer drinkers travel to Munich´s legendary Oktoberfest every year, and many monasteries in Bavaria have been brewing for hundreds of years. Passionate imbibers appreciate Germany for its revered purity laws, its […]

• Obama Gets Personalized Beer At Fundraiser: BARACKTOBERFEST

Obama Gets Personalized Beer At Fundraiser: BARACKTOBERFEST

President Barack Obama attended a $25,000-a-head fundraiser benefiting his reelection campaign and the Democratic Party Tuesday night that featured a Baracktoberfest beer at the poolside bar, according to the White House pool report. Brewed by St. Louis’ Schlafly Beers, the lager first made an appearance during the 2008 campaign when it was offered alongside “McCain’s Maverick APA,” […]

• Beer & boobs runneth over as Germany kicks off 178th annual Oktoberfest

Beer & boobs runneth over as Germany kicks off 178th annual Oktoberfest

The mayor of Munich has tapped the first keg to kick off the 178th traditional German folk festival Oktoberfest. With only two deft blows of his hammer and a cry of “O’zapft is” — “It’s Tapped,” Mayor Christian Ude inserted the first tap into the first keg as the festival opened its doors to the […]

• Are There Health Benefits To Beer? Happily, Plenty.

Are There Health Benefits To Beer? Happily, Plenty.

As a doctor, I get a lot of questions from patients in my practice and in my email inbox. Here’s one that was sent to me recently by a viewer: Dr. Manny, are there any health benefits to drinking beer? Which beers are the ‘healthiest’? – Brian Well, Brian, this is what I have to […]

• There’s Still Time to Get to Oktoberfest!

There’s Still Time to Get to Oktoberfest!

The world’s biggest party starts in just over a month, and unlike last year’s historic 200th anniversary edition, which drew about 2 million more visitors than usual and essentially shut down Munich, there is still some space for 2011. I’ve been a couple of times, including last year’s bicentennial, and I firmly believe Oktoberfest is […]

• Research into bitter beer taste could help increase shelf life

Research into bitter beer taste could help increase shelf life

German scientists claim that new research into the main substances that cause beer to deteriorate over time could unlock secrets to extending shelf life. New research from Munich could help beer keep for longer Writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, Thomas Hofmann and colleagues at the Technical University of Munich sought to […]

• Germany’s beer culture is in decline plus Oktoberfest’s a mess :(

Germany’s beer culture is in decline plus Oktoberfest’s a mess :(

Amid a downturn in beer consumption, number of breweries, master brewers head to U.S. Germans, famously, coin neologisms when a crisis hits or the culture reels in a new direction. Take die bad bank (toxic lender), kreditklemme (credit crunch), or twittern (sending a message via Twitter). Because Germany’s brewing industry has fallen on hard times, […]

• Beers Brewed Especially for Halloween. Is That a Trick or a Treat?

Beers Brewed Especially for Halloween. Is That a Trick or a Treat?

… Despite the popularity of beer for Fourth of July and Labor Day celebrations, Halloween is actually the biggest weekend of the year for keg sales. That’s because adult Halloween parties have become an increasingly big part of the autumn holiday. Now, there are even special Halloween beers brewed just for the occasion. Rogue’s Dead […]

• Oktoberfest not what it used to be…end marred by crowd chaos

Oktoberfest not what it used to be…end marred by crowd chaos

Oktoberfest  shuts off its taps on Monday evening after Munich’s beer festival welcomed record numbers of visitors to its 200th anniversary celebration. But along with the crowds came chaos this weekend. Police in the Bavarian capital told daily Süddeutsche Zeitung that during the annual autumn festival’s final weekend they observed an “unprecedented flow of visitors” […]

• At Oktoberfest, a Controversy Brews Over Racy Designer Dirndls

At Oktoberfest, a Controversy Brews Over Racy Designer Dirndls

Surrounded by the bratwurst stands and beer wagons of Oktoberfest, Alexandra Coroian, a 24-year-old Romanian in pigtails, pulls at the ruffle of her short scarlet dirndl, exposing a black lace petticoat underneath. “I really like these costumes,” she says, demonstrating how she hacked off the bottom half of the traditional dress. “I think I’ll wear […]