I read an interesting AskMetafilter question
the other day, it asked: "What is the German word for a beer enjoyed at the top of a summit that you have just climbed?" Apparently the asker climbed Mount Tongariro
on the North Island of New Zealand
, where they ran across two German
men on the summit, each enjoying a beer along with the beautiful view. "They told us that this was a traditional thing for German hikers to do on top of mountains that they summit, and they even had a specific word for the beer enjoyed on such an occasion."
It turns out there is
a term for such a thing: Gipfelbier
, or "summit beer." According to a response
posted to the original question, "Gipfelbier
(Halbe = half a liter of beer), it's simply a reward for having made it to the top, Gipfelschnaps
is also common."
Any excuse to drink beer is fine with me, even if it means lugging it up a mountain
Filed under: Climbing, Food and Drink, Germany