Word of the Week: Frühschoppen

May 13, 2016

It's 10 a.m. on a Sunday - too early to drink? Not necessarily! There's even a German word for early-morning drinking: Frühschoppen!

Frühschoppen Enlarge image (© picture-alliance/ dpa) The term is a fusion of the words früh ("early") and Shoppen (a classic German word for a glass that holds a quarter or half a liter of wine or beer). In Germany and Austria, the term is often used to describe a very traditional brunch that often consists of - or includes - white sausage, pretzels and (*drum roll*) beer! In the most traditional sense, a Frühschoppen takes place in a tavern on a Sunday morning, bringing together a group of regulars who like to discuss life and politics. Often, a band is present to play Volksmusik (traditional music).

The most famous example of Frühschoppen would be the early-morning beer gatherings that take place at Oktoberfest, complete with pretzels and live music.

Frühschoppen Enlarge image (© picture alliance / akg-images) However, the term is also used more loosely to describe any instances where people gather to drink in the morning - regardless of whether it's a Sunday or a Wednesday. A Frühschoppen does not necessarily have to have food or music at all. Simply having a beer before lunch can be considered Frühschoppen. In some regions of Germany, people gather at a pub after church - something that is considered Frühschoppen. But regardless of where it is, as long as it's in the early hours, your drinking can be considered a Frühschoppen. Cheers to learning a new word!

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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