Coming back to the beer stones I initially thought that the Eurocrats' argument to ban them was based on their inherent lack of hygiene (the stones I mean). Due to the somewhat rough surface I always considered it more difficult to clean a stone than a glass mug. I had to accept that my idea was far from Brussels' argument: Customers shall be able to check the correct filling of their beer mugs.
They have a point. Red Baron remembers his days in Munich and his evenings at the Oktoberfest. Many visitors did not care about the filling level of their one-liter stones (Maß) but as students with no money to spare we wanted to get our fill. When Zenzi (the waitress, they are all called: Zenzi, schau, dass herkimmst) arrived at our table with those half-filled stones we took a few sips and then went back to the tap where strong men manipulating big barrels were filling them. In shouting and accusing: Schlecht eingeschenkt (badly filled) we always got our stones filled up for the conscience of those filling guys was as flexible as ours.
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