German beer vs. mineral water

A beer garden in Germany

You may be surprised to learn that Germany has more than 1,200 breweries. And more than 5,000 German brands.  German beer is famous throughout the world. The famous “Purity Law” of 1516 has been recognised by the European Parliament, through which the German recipe is protected as a “traditional German foodstuff”.

Yet, this does not mean that Germans only drink beer. In fact beer consumption is falling. The past 30 years have seen Germans drink more and more mineral water, once more influenced by traditions in other countries.

Moreover, tea has become more popular over the last decade, particularly in Ostfriesland, where it has always been traditional. Today, throughout Germany tea is probably just as popular as coffee. Of course, Germany is also renowned for its red and white wines, such as from the Rivers Rhein, Mosel, Ahr, Nahe, and the regions of Baden, Pfalz, Rheingau and many more.