Germans developing taste for shandy over beer

30th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

30 January 2006, BERLIN - Germans drank less beer last year while consuming more drinks in which beer is mixed with things like cola and fruit juice, official figures showed Monday.

30 January 2006

BERLIN - Germans drank less beer last year while consuming more drinks in which beer is mixed with things like cola and fruit juice, official figures showed Monday.

The amount of beer sold in Germany dropped by almost 1 per cent to 91.2 million hectolitres in 2005, said the Federal Statistics Office in a statement.

Contrasting the decline in beer sales, drinks mixing beer with other beverages grabbed more of the market. These include "Radler" - a mix of beer with lemon soda. There are also various mixes of beer and cola with names such as "Mixery" or "CAB".

Consumption of such drinks grew by over 15 per cent compared with 2004, said the statement.

States with the highest consumption of beer in Germany continue to be North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria.

North Rhine-Westphalia, where 25 per cent of all German beer is drunk, includes the city of Cologne which is legendary for its "Koelsch" beer served in tall, slim glasses.

Bavaria, in which over 21 per cent of Germany's beer is swilled, is famous for Munich's annual Oktoberfest beer extravaganza. The state produces a variety of beers including "Weizenbier" or wheat beer, which has grown greatly in popularity.

DPA

Subject: German news

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