I get worried about boring you when I bang on about something for too long. So just for a change today's topic is beer styles. Damn, that's been the subject of most of my posts recently. OK, maybe I am sticking with the same general theme, but I have switched country and period.
Germany has easily the most regional beer market in Europe. Take Pils, for example. In Niedersachsen and Bremen it makes up 75.5% of sales, in Bavaria just 25.8%. This is a good demonstration of the North/South divide. In the two southernmost states - Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg - far more Weizen and far less Pils is drunk than elsewhere. But there's also a difference between the former Western and Eastern parts of the country. In the East more Export and Schwarzbier are consumed and very little Weizen. In Nordrhein-Westfalen, the local styles Koelsch and Alt together account for nearly 20% of sales. Neighbouring Rheinland-Pfalz is the only other state where they get above 1% combined.
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