"Alt means old in German and..." Food and Drink Tip by richiecdisc

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Alt means old in German and altbier refers to beers brewed in the old manner. Germany is best know for inventing the lager style of beer. Prior to this, all beers were ales and thus top fermented and generally at warmer temperatures. Germany was to first to devise bottom fermenting yeast and 'lagered' their beers in caves and therefore were best served on the cooler side. Aside from Hefeweizens which are also ales, only Alt and Kolsch (from closeby rival Koln) remain as examples of the pre-lager era. These beers have a fruitier palate though many of the alts are quite hoppy and dry. This picture depicts another unusual practice. The beers rest on a little shelf that runs around the walls of the main hall. What is different is the border, which is a blackboard that the beer waiters mark how many beers you have consumed.

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  • Written Aug 24, 2002
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