Drinking Traditions Around the World

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It’s a little known fact that we’re sticklers when it comes to tradition. Especially the kind that involve drinking.

For anyone who thought drinking was just about going to a bar and getting a drink, you’ll be surprised at how complicated the process can be, depending on which part of the world you’re in.
Different countries have very specific traditions that dictate social drinking norms, and ignorance of these traditions might result in a lot of lonely drinking.
Of course, we’d never let that happen to our patrons, and so we put together a list of some of the most widely followed traditions across the world.

Toit-Traditions-Britain

We just had to start with the country that seemed most traditional when it came to beer consumption and general pub culture.
They’ve got rules for pretty much everything from walking into a pub to ordering your beer.
But the rules for the drinking part are simple. Each person at the table buys rounds for everyone else. This process continues until everyone in the group has bought a round each, at which point the cycle repeats. This rule is absolute.
As far as ordering your drink is concerned, don’t shout or call out to the serving staff. As impossible as it sounds, you’ve got to attract their attention non-verbally and place your order. Practicing unique facial expressions could help.

Failure to comply might result in: Social exclusion, rude stares and drinking solo in a lonely corner in the pub.

Toit-Traditions-Peru

Time to familiarise yourself with something called ‘shout’. Nope, not the stout misspelled but more a term for responsibility delegation while drinking.
The first ‘shouter’ in a group buys the bottle of alcohol and fills the shot glasses of everyone in the group. Once a round of this is completed, the bottle is then passed on to the next person and this ritual is repeated until the bottle is empty.
This doesn’t stop the merrymaking though. The next shouter simply buys a new bottle and the merry process continues until all the drinkers have bought a bottle each.

Failure to comply might result in: Receiving choice insults in Spanish, Aymara and Ayacucho Quechua.

Toit-Traditions-Czech

If you’re drinking here, you’d do well to have your wits about you.
The custom here is to keep pouring alcohol into an empty glass. To signal that you’re through, you’re usually supposed to place a coaster over your glass.
And while toasts are being made, make serious eye contact with everyone you clink your glasses with, followed by the cheer “Nozdravy”. And while you’re doing that, make sure your arms don’t cross anyone else’s. And while you’re at it, make sure you place your glass back on the table only after every last drop has been consumed. And while you’re at that…ok we’re just kidding. That’s pretty much it.

Failure to comply might result in: A very drunk you.

Toit-Traditions-Italy

There are these things called Holes in the Wall in Italy, where people just grab a quick pint by the roadside and leave as quickly as they arrived. The whole process is quite intriguing, and you’d imagine a spy movie like setting, where these double as information centres. Anyway, spy or not, finish your beer quickly and leave. No dawdling. And this process is repeated at different intervals, four times a day.

Failure to comply might result in: Not giving the impression of being a super busy spy.

Toit-Traditions-Japan

Japanese are famously traditional people. And their drinking rituals also reflect this.
For the Japanese, drinking is a time they show their friendship and camaraderie towards others. To ensure that the friendly vibe isn’t shattered, never pour your own drink. Unless you don’t want to drink with people ever again.
This process of pouring a cup for the others continues until everyone in the group has completed their turn, so keeping the group small might also be advisable for the sake of your sake consuming capacity.  See what we did there?

Failure to comply might result in: We’d rather not say. The Japanese are pretty hardcore with punishments relating to honour and ethics. It can get gruesome.

Toit-Traditions-France

If you’re looking to have down some drinks to get a quick buzz, this is probably not the place. The French take their alcohol consumption pretty seriously, and you’re expected to enjoy and savour it. Practices like downing and sculling might result in them regarding you as some sort of primate. And make sure you wait until everyone else has had their cups filled (and if you’re pouring, pour only about half. Never, ever full! Remember the primate?) before you raise your hand for a toast. Of course, your hand shouldn’t be too high or too low.

Failure to comply might result in: Frigid stares that result in a strong desire of wanting to shrink to microscopic size.

Toit-Traditions-Korea

These guys know how to party. But some rules have to be in place. While drinking  here, never pour your own drink. It’s considered quite rude.
The norm is to first pour the drinks for the senior people at the table, so you will have to wait patiently for your turn. Unless you’re a 100 years old.
Once your drink is poured, turn away from seniors while drinking as a mark of respect. And if you’re doing the pouring, only do so when a glass is completely empty. You might also want to keep some Karaoke numbers handy, to belt later into the evening. Everyone else is going to be do it.

Failure to comply might result in: Not getting to sing ‘Summer of 69’ after having secretly practiced it for over a week. Admit it.

Toit-Traditions-Germany

There is a certain beer called the Kolsch. But this isn’t just any beer. For starters, it’s forbidden to brew this outside the Cologne region. Yup. Forbidden.
Now that you have an idea of how serious this Kolsch business is, it’s only natural that it has a bunch of rules on how to consume it. For starters, you’re only supposed to drink it at the temperature of 10°C. And only in a very specific kind of glass called Stange or ‘pole’, called so because of its appearance. Out here, to get the attention of the server, it’s all about intense eye contact. Sounds tiresome, but you’ll be surprised how quickly you get served.

Failure to comply might result in: Annoyed German bartenders. You never, ever want to have to deal with annoyed German bartenders.

Toit-Traditions-Russia

Russians are famous for their Vodka consumption. Some studies say it goes up to 18 litres of pure alcohol per person annually. And for a race that consumes so much alcohol on an average, there have to be some solid drinking tradition in place. But it’s really quite simple. Firstly, consuming Vodka in any form but neat is unacceptable. Adding mixers like juices or aerated drinks is considered blasphemous. Secondly, make sure you’ve finished all prior work before you sit down for a drink, because once you open a bottle you don’t leave the table until the bottle is empty.

Failure to comply might result in: Drinking juice alone. And yes, it’s as pathetic as it sounds.

Toit-Traditions-Australia

Shouters aren’t just a Peruvian thing. If you’re in the land down under, you’d do well to know what a ‘shou’t is, if you’re keen on making some ‘mates’. And it’s pretty much the same rule, with one person buying the round and the next person following suit, until the whole group is covered. And not buying your round is considered to be revolting social behaviour.

Failure to comply might result in: Being introduced to some Aussie slang. And hanging out with Kangaroos for company.

 

Now that you’re armed with some good, traditional values, go forth and explore the booziness of the world.

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Oktoberfest Special

märzen

The classic, traditional Marzen, this beer style originated in Bavaria and is brewed primarily for the Oktoberfest during the end of September and the beginning of October. 

Our version of the classic is an elegant, malty German lager with a rich and toasty malt flavour, with an aftertaste so rich that you can’t resist another glass. 

*(ABV in Pune and Mumbai is 4.9%, and 5.8% in Bengaluru)

AROMA

Moderate intensity aroma of German malt, rich, bready, toasty.

ABV

5.8%*

MOUTHFEEL

Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy texture.

APPEARANCE

Amber Orange

FLAVOUR

Moderately-dry to dry. Distinctive and complex maltiness including a bready, toasty aspect. Moderate hop bitterness and low hop flavour.

Oktoberfest Special

German Pilsner

A crisp, exceptionally clean beer prominently featuring noble German hops and the finest Pilsner malt that gives it an impeccably balanced hop profile.

Pouring a brilliant straw colour, it offers floral and spicy aroma with flavours of lightly sweet malt, finishing firm and dry on the palate.

AROMA

Malty with floral and spicy aroma

ABV

4.8%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Light Straw

FLAVOUR

Medium to high hop bitterness and subtle grain sweetness

Oktoberfest Special

Dunkel Bock

A clear, dark brown coloured strong lager, this beer brings the typical bready and malty characters to the forefront. Our Dunkel Bock is a strong, medium bodied lager, which is toasty but does not have roasted flavours and maintains clean lager attributes. It has little to no hop aroma or flavour, with only slight bitterness to balance the malty richness.

Get in the festive spirit with the Dunkel Bock. Prost!

AROMA

Malty

ABV

6.5%

MOUTHFEEL

Medium bodied, highly carbonated, smooth

APPEARANCE

Clear dark brown

FLAVOUR

Bready, toasty

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Specials

American IPA

West Coast IPA

A West Coast-style American IPA aggressively hopped with a blend of Simcoe, Centennial, Amarillo and El Dorado hops.

This brew is all about the hops – that lends it clear aromas of pine, stone fruit and citrus.

The beer has a coating mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness and balanced malt body.

AROMA

Pine, stone fruit, citrus

ABV

6.6%

MOUTHFEEL

Light to medium body

APPEARANCE

Deep Golden

FLAVOUR

A crisp, bold hop forward front followed by piney and citrus notes

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    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    Dark Vader

    Schwarzbier

    ​​This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

    It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

    The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see. But we warned—you don’t know the power of the dark side…umm…lager.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.0%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    Specials

    West Coast IPA

    SMaSH

    While most beers use a blend of multiple hops and malts the SMaSH is brewed with a single variety of malt (Pilsner Malt) and hops (Amarillo hops).

    This refreshing beer showcases the individual characteristics of each ingredient, creating a distinctive yet balanced flavour profile. The Verdant IPA yeast helps the hop character shine through, while maintaining the grainy backbone.

    It’s the perfect beer to welcome Spring and the perfect excuse you need to get SMaSHed.

    AROMA

    Floral, citrus

    ABV

    4.8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light-medium bodied, medium carbonated.

    APPEARANCE

    Light yellow, slightly hazy.

    FLAVOUR

    Slightly bitter, citrusy flavour followed by malty aftertaste.

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    Please contact us between 9am and 7pm for reservations

    Oktoberfest Special

    Schwarzbier

    This German style dark lager is a regional specialty from southern Thuringen and northern Franconia in Germany.

    It balances a complex malt flavour with a generous addition of noble hops, with notes of caramel.

    The Special beer is rumoured to have strange powers, in that over a few pints, you seem to lose your ability to say ‘no’ to more. Don’t believe us? Well, have a taste of it yourself and see.

    AROMA

    Slightly malty

    ABV

    5.5%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body, smooth

    APPEARANCE

    Black

    FLAVOUR

    Light malty with hints of caramel

    Specials

    Kolsch Beer

    Kolsch

    The Kolsch, originating from Cologne, Germany, is a light and refreshing ale-lager hybrid. The beer is clean, crisp and delicately-balanced with a subtle fruit and hop character. Our version is made with a single hop, Mandarina Bavaria, that lends the brew distinctive mandarin and citrus notes.

    AROMA

    Low malt aroma, with a grainy-sweet character. A delicately spicy hop aroma, with a pleasant and subtle fruit aroma

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium-light & medium carbonation

    APPEARANCE

    Clear, pale gold to light gold

    FLAVOUR

    Low fruity sweetness, medium-low bitterness with delicate dryness and slight crispness

    Specials

    saison

    Lemon Tea Saison

    A farmhouse style ale celebrating the refreshing flavours of lemon chai. Crafted by infusing Malabar tea and a squeeze of farm fresh lemons, the beer has citrus fruit and spice notes that remind you of the soothing comfort of a cup of lemon tea, with a boozy twist of course!

    AROMA

    Fruity with a spicy yeast character

    ABV

    4.9%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Light to medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Fruity with a spicy yeast character

    FLAVOUR

    Citrus and pepper spice

    Specials

    Belgian Tripel

    Tripel X

    A clean, crisp, delicately-balanced beer with a very subtle fruit and hop character.

    Brewed with pilsner malt and homemade candy sugar, our take on this Belgian classic style is smooth and complex. Strong malty & mildly sweet notes deliver a pleasantly dry finish. This one packs quite a punch & you will barely notice it, making it a dangerously session-able beer

    AROMA

    Complex fruity aroma

    ABV

    8%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Medium body

    APPEARANCE

    Pale gold

    FLAVOUR

    Mild sweet malt flavour, with a soft bitterness and fruity flavors

    Specials

    Guest Tap - Oi Brewing

    Lemon Hard Seltzer

    100 calories and 2 grams of carbs per pint! The Oi Lemon Hard Seltzer is made from a natural honey base just like a mead. After a special proprietary fermentation process, they use the traditional Bourbon method and filter the Seltzer over a bed of charcoal that eliminates all color and taste from it.


    The result, a sparkling clear beverage, which is then naturally flavored with lemon. Refreshing, light and crisp!

    AROMA

    Lemon

    ABV

    <4.95%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Crisp and spritz

    APPEARANCE

    Clear

    FLAVOUR

    Tart lemon

    Specials

    Tall. Dark. Handsome.

    Belgian Dark Strong Ale

    A dark, very rich, complex, strong Belgian ale, this special is brewed with Pilsner malt, dark candy sugar and aromatic malts.

    This brew leads with strong aromas and flavours – caramel, raisin, dark fruit and candy sugar notes.

    We weren’t kidding when we named this one – its guaranteed to make you swoon!

    AROMA

    Complex maltiness and some phenolic spiciness

    ABV

    7.2%

    MOUTHFEEL

    Full body

    APPEARANCE

    Deep Amber

    FLAVOUR

    Rich malt, raisin and candy