Bold enough to order a boot of beer? Then we'll raise to your valiance — prost! But before you sip yourself silly downing one of these enormous novelty glasses, let's find out just how much beer is housed within. (And, for bonus points, the beer-bottle equivalent of other novelty glasses like Oktoberfest standard liter and half-liter mugs.)
|VESSEL||OUNCE AND BEER BOTTLE EQUIVALENT|
|Das Boot (2 Liter)||67 1/2 ounces — more than 5 1/2 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
|Das Boot (3 Liter)||101 1/2 ounces — just shy of 8 1/2 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
|1 Liter Mug||34 ounces — slightly less than 3 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
|1/2 Liter Mug||17 ounces — just under 1 1/2 (12-ounce) bottles of beer|
Much has been said about haggis, a Scottish delicacy consisting of chopped-up sheep heart, lung, and liver that's been stuffed into a sheep's stomach. But in Germany (where, right now, some 6 million people are celebrating the 180th year of Munich's Oktoberfest), there's a less famous, more delicious stuffed stomach dish to savor: saumagen. Pronounced "ZOW-muh-gen," this dish is made of pork, potatoes, vegetables, and spices, then stuffed inside a pig's stomach, which is then boiled, sliced, and pan-fried.
I had a chance to witness the making of this iconic dish of Germany's Palatinate region while on a tour of German food and wine. It may not be the prettiest of dishes, but this forcemeat is one of the country's iconic foods, and it's experienced renewed popularity in recent years. Can you stomach seeing the process in which it's made? Then keep reading to learn more.
While many won't witness firsthand the ladies in dirndl or drink the foamy pints of beer at Munich, Germany's great Oktoberfest, all can learn about lager, a popular style of beer that originated in the country's Bavarian region. Before we get into how to spot a lager, let's start with some brief history. Germans started fermenting lagers only a few hundred years ago — that's relatively new compared to ale. The word originated from the German word lagern, which means "to store," since lagers are fermented and then stored in a cool cellar for several months.
Lagers differ from ales in several ways: in yeast used to ferment the brew, the time it takes to ferment, and the storing temperature. Ales require a top-fermenting yeast that is activated at room temperature and ferments for a quick seven days. On the other hand, lagers call for Saccharomyces pastorianus, a bottom-settling yeast that ferments the water-malted barley mixture. Lagers ferment slowly in cooler temperatures over a longer period of time (several weeks, or even months), which is said to contribute to the mild, mellow flavors and clear, rather than cloudy, composition.
Find out how you can detect a lager by smell and taste when you read on.
With Oktoberfest officially under way, it's time to enjoy your favorite German brews — and swoon over some of the hottest German men in the spotlight. From sexy actors and gorgeous models to hot, talented Olympians, we've rounded up the best-looking reasons to celebrate German culture this month. Craving a bit of eye candy? Take a moment to check out these handsome German men — prost (cheers)!
Forbidden relationships, wartime romance, love triangles, dangerous liaisons: romantic German films tackle all these themes and more. With Oktoberfest going on in Munich right now, we've had all things German on the brain, including German movies. So we've scoured Netflix and Amazon Instant for a selection of the country's most intriguing romantic films. These comedies and dramas would be perfect for a date night with German flair, just don't forget the beer! From a dark tale of obsession with a speakeasy singer to a modern coming-of-age story on the complexities of attraction, check out these romantic German films you can stream tonight.
Get your stretch pants ready because Oktoberfest is going strong, and there's only one way to celebrate. Take advantage of this special time by grabbing your best guy or gal and sipping your way through all the festivities with these date ideas. Bonding over beer? Sounds like the perfect time.
Visit a Beer Garden
Believe it or not, many beer gardens are really cute. Full of greenery and even waterfalls, they're a great setting for an afternoon relaxing with your honey.
Go Beer Tasting
There's nothing like discovering new things with your partner, and beer is no exception. Find a bar or restaurant that lets you taste different kinds, and take a few bottles of your favorite home to cheers with later.
Attend a Beer Festival
'Tis the season for beer festivals galore. Find one in your city, don your best lederhosen or dirndls, and tell yourselves you're at the real Oktoberfest in Munich. Do so before it's too late!
Brew Your Own Beer
Take on the challenge together of making your own brew. It can take up to a few weeks, but all the fermenting and bottling will be worth the pay off at the end. Plus, you'll have a good story to tell all your friends.
Tour a Brewery
Getting the inside scoop on where your favorite beer comes from is definitely a date well spent. Pick up some tips for your own brewing, and share a pint once it's over. Cheers!
The 180th Oktoberfest kicked off in Munich over the weekend, bringing plenty of beer, celebration, and costume-clad crowds to the German city. People cheered as the first pints were poured, and families took to the streets to watch a traditional parade. While the beer tents were lined with packed tables and busy servers, the fairgrounds drew people throughout the day with rides, games, and festive foods. Take a look at all the boozy action from the first few days of Oktoberfest. Prost!
Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend, so let the beer-drinking season commence! You'd think modern women would be free to consume whatever alcoholic beverage they choose without it accompanying stereotypes, but alas, it's been a love-hate history of beer ads for women. The '50s and '60s may not have been forward-thinking eras for females, but that doesn't mean sexist beer advertisements and marketing campaigns aren't any less common nowadays. Advertisers are old pros at using clichés and generalizations about women in hopes of getting them to buy their hops. Let's put on our beer goggles and take a look at female-targeted beer ads over the years.
Get your steins out – Oktoberfest is going down in Munich, Germany! In honor of this cherished festival dedicated to consuming copious amounts of beer, we've got five of our favorite big-screen drinking buddies. We're breaking down the characters who gave us some of the greatest moments in drunk cinema history – including Frank the Tank, the Wolf Pack, and more!