One of the greatest things about traveling is tasting the local cuisine and exploring the culture. In Belgium and Germany, one big part of their cuisine and culture is beer—both countries are home to tons of different beer brands which produce some of the best beers in the world!


For centuries, Belgians have taken beer-brewing very seriously. There are about 180 breweries in Belgium, ranging from well-known brands to smaller, boutique microbreweries. There are at least 1150 original Belgian beers nowadays and they vary from pale lager to lambic beer and Flemish red. Some more famous Belgian beers include: Westmalle, De Koninck, Leffe, Hoegaarden, Stella Artois, Kriek, Delirium, Lambic, Rodenbach, Duvel, Chimay, and Rochefort. Every type of beer has its own individual serving glass, which complements the taste in the very best way!

Aside from producing some of the world’s best beers, Belgium also hosts several annual beer festivals. Caught your attention? Some notable ones include BAB-Bier Festival, the Belgian Beer Weekend, the Beer Passion Weekend, the Christmas Beer Festival and the Weekend of Belgian Beers… to name a few.

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With approximately 1300 breweries and over 5000 brands of beer, Germans know how to make beer and drink it too. They produce many variations, from wheat beer to dark beers to unfiltered beer. The top ten German best selling beer brands include: Oettinger, Krombacher, Bitburger, Beck’s, Warsteiner, Hasseröder, Veltins, Paulaner, Radeberger and Erdinger. Like the Belgians, German beers each have their own unique serving glasses for each type of beer. But it’s the German “Beer Boot” (das boot) that really gets people excited to drink German beer.

Germany also hosts a number of beer festivals, the most famous of which is of course the one and only Oktoberfest in Munich! Other festivals, such as the Cannstatter Volksfest, the Gäubodenvolksfest, the Bergkirchweih, and the Hanover Schützenfest are celebrated all over Germany throughout the year.

As if making the beer and drinking it like it was water wasn’t enough, Germany has even created a sport for just for holding a mug of beer. Masskrugstemmen is a competition in which participants must hold a one liter Stein filled with beer with one arm, completely stretched out and parallel to the floor. Players must hold their Stein as long as possible in this position; the last person with their arm outstretched and all the beer in their glass wins the game!

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