Does Austria really need another beer festival? Aren’t there enough events involving Lederhosen, Dirndl and drinking ridiculous amounts of beer in Austria and Bavaria anyway? I mean, if I want to drink overpriced beer, get drunk, have a fight and be sick, then I’ll just go back home to England. Oh wait sorry, I’m forgetting, because you’re doing it whilst wearing traditional dress and listening to Austrian folk music (shudder), its acceptable. I’ll bear that in mind next time I’m drunk and disorderly on the street and take an ‘emergency lederhosen’ kit with me. If the police stop me I’ll just quickly whip it out, put it on and et voila! Everything’s ok, because its traditional.
Sturm- The official description is ‘an alcoholic beverage, made from fermented freshly pressed grape juice and with an average volume of 4%’. I, on the other hand, prefer to refer to it as a drink which you can drink without feeling any ill effects until you stand up.
Yes, its Sturm time again. Weaker than wine and less heavy going than beer, Sturm’s a good refreshing drink with the great advantage (or disadvantage, depending on how you look at it), that you don’t notice how drunk you’re getting until you either stop or stand up. Ideal for amazing your friends by behaving in a calm and collected manner at the table but then start falling about and telling complete strangers you love them when you stand up. Ah Sturm, responsible for many happy evenings….