The German custom of drinking for a boot –shaped drinking vessel supposedly started as a German army tradition during World War I. Soldiers would pass around a leather boot of “bier” prior to engaging the enemy. It was considered good luck to flick the beer boot before and after drinking from it. Americans soldiers were introduced to the custom of drink from a glass beer boot while stationed in Germany after World War II. There is a trick to drinking from a beer boot as to not get showered with beer if the toe of the boot is pointed in the wrong direction. The American soldiers had great fun with the beer boots and the fine German beer during their time in Germany . Many of them brought back beer boots and beer steins with them on their return to United States . Many of you may be asking what exactly a beer boot is. What's the history behind them? Beer boots or Bierstiefeln in German have over a century of history and culture behind them. It is commonly believed that a general promised his troops to drink beer from his boot if they were successful in battle. When the troops prevailed, the general had a glass maker fashion a boot from glass to fulfill his promise without tasting his own feet and to avoid spoiling the beer in his leather boot. Since then, soldiers have enjoyed toasting to their victories with a beer boot. At gatherings in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, beer boots are often passed among the guests for a festive drinking challenge. Since the movie Beer Fest appeared in 2006, Beer Boots have become increasingly popular in the United States. Originally most commonly seen in the German Restaurant and Bier Garten (Beer Garden) scene in the US, they have become a party essential at college campuses across the nation. Beer boots are made of either manufactured pressed glass or mouth blown glasses by skilled artisans in form of a boot. They come in a wide array of sizes, and we carry the largest variety. For drinking groups in particular, the larger beer boots, especially the two liter, are the favored option.
When drinking in a group, the boot is passed around in a circle and a game is played to determine who pays for the next beer. The second to last person to drink is the loser and has to purchase the next beer. Therefore, there are two strategies to the game. One either tries to finish the boot in one drink without it spilling any, or one drinks as little ones as possible and hopes that the next person in line doesnâ€™t try to drink the boot empty.
The shape of the boot makes drinking more difficult. As you drink down the beer and tilt the boot backwards at an angle, an air pocket fills in the toe and has to be cautiously released. The trick to drinking from the boot is to hold the boot so that the toe is pointed either to your left or right, preventing an air bubble from building up in the toe.
As Restaurant you can profit from offering beer in beer boots to your guests:
* Guests drink higher quantity of beer, resulting in higher profits. * Guests entertain and amuse themselves. * Because of the larger quantity of beer, they have to be refilled less and result in less work
As a restaurant or bar purchaser, before you buy beer boot glasses, you should try out whether they fit appropriately under your beer tap for filling. If necessary you can fill a beer jug and transfer the beer into the boot; however, the some head is lost in the transfer process.
Beer boot glasses are inherently more expensive than other glasses, because of their labor intensive mouth blown production process, their high demand, and the fact that they are imported from Europe.
Beer Boots are very popular pieces of collecting breweriana and make the perfect gift for college students, your everyday beer fan and are increasingly popular as groomsman gifts for weddings.
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