Monday, November 3, 2008

Munich Beer Challenge

Last night Laura and I took a tour of the German beer halls entitled the "Munich Beer Challenge." In some strange twist of fate, the tour consisted of myself and about a dozen girls. Nationalities included the U.S. (PA and WI), Canada, and Scotland. The tour was low on information but high on camaraderie.

Laura and I got our wrist bands and were ready to start the tour.


The tour started with a "roadie" - because as our tour guide told us, Germany doesn't have any of those silly laws against drinking in public.


On the tour, we sampled beers at Hofbräuhaus, Augustiner am Platz, Zumfestsaal Lowenbraukeller, and a local hostile. Hofbräuhaus in particular is the self-proclaimed "most famous beer hall in the world." (I'm not sure if the fame is related to the beer or to Hitler's history of political speeches there.) Many of the beers were offered only in 1 liter steins, which is where the "challenge" part of the tour name comes in.

Laura enjoying a "Radler," which is a beer-lemonade mix.


Early in the tour, our guide taught us a German drinking song and it seems like a good way to end this entry:

Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gem├╝tlichkeit
Ein Prosit, Ein Prosit, der Gem├╝tlichkeit
(Cheer!) Eins, zwei, drei g'suffa! ("One, two, three chug!")

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