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  Fresh Beer is here!
by christine.j

On some of the old houses in Erfurt you see holes above the doors, about 20 cm in diameter. They are called beer holes, because they were made to show passer-bys when the beer was brewed and ready to drink. If you've read my tip about the woad, you know that the woad traders needed lots of urine. One way to make sure you have enough of this valuable liquid is to drink lots of beer. So the woad traders also started a beer brewing business. They took turns and to indicate which brewery is ready to serve beer, they stuck straw into these beer holes.

Address: All around the old town

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  • Written Nov 6, 2006
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