Beer is one of the most popular beverages in Germany. Beer making dates back thousands of years.
Water, hops, yeast and water are the main ingredients. Tradional brewing regions in Europe, such as Germany, England, Belgium and the Czech Republic have dozens of local varieties of beer. This is an automatic compilation of DW's journaistic output related to beer.
Lederhosen were not always popular. They nearly disappeared in the 1880s! But thanks to one Bavarian teacher and his drinking buddies, the shorts will fill Oktoberfest tents. DW presents some surprising lederhosen facts.
The Japanese are losing their thirst for beer. One of the country's major beer-makers says annual consumption fell 7 percent from 2010 to 2015. And the beer industry says it's a trend: fewer young people are going out for obligatory after-work beers.
Frank Zappa once said - you can't be a real country unless you have beer and an airline. Germany famously has both. But it's not just a real country - it's also the site of the world's longest beer garden. It's opened in time for the International Beer Festival in Berlin, now ongoing. Bottoms up!