Cuisine, Wine & Beer
Great cuisine, fine wines, and excellent beers form an integral aspect of life in Germany. While one can still enjoy traditional regional cuisine, food in Germany has also become more varied and creative in recent years. German wine and beer, which have a longstanding history in German culture, have also become popular worldwide. While some brewers and winemakers maintain the use of traditional processes, others have begun experimenting with new microbrews and different grape varieties.
Do you shop at Trader Joe's or ALDI? Do you cook German food or eat candy with German origins? Over the course of six weeks, we will take a look at the influence German cuisine has in the US kitchens. For the duration of our series, we will also hold an Instagram photo contest using hashtag #mygermancuisine!
In Germany, the regional differences in the gastronomy are as numerous and varied as the dialects. Professional and amateur chefs embrace these distinctions, yet a cosmopolitan fare reflecting the country’s vibrant immigrant population has also emerged.
Germany is the world’s eighth largest wine producer, and the US is one of Germany's most important export markets. Although German wine regions are among the northernmost in the world, Germany produces many top wines and has a long tradition of winemaking.
Few traditions color the world's perception of Germany more than the brewing and drinking of beer. And with 1,300 active breweries, beer is still an important part of German culture. German beer is, however, far more than the blond pilsners for which it's known the world over.