Das Boot


The beer boot, or Bierstiefeln, began around World War II. The German soldiers were on glasses and passed around a leather boot filled with beer. This became a symbol for good luck. Each soldier would flick the boot before drinking the beer for luck and after finishing would flick the boot again to wish the next soldier in line good luck as well. Since then, German soldiers enjoy toasting their war victories with a beer boot.

More recently, the das boot is used socially for fun. It was shown and became popular by the movie “Beerfest” which displayed Olympic games of drinking beer. The last challenge was to drink out of the das boot. Also, the beer boot is also sold as a souvenir in many instances.

Making & Types

Beer Boots are made from mouth blown glass until the 1850s when Americans produced a machine that pressed glass boots. Mouth blown glasses are a few millimeters thick. The machine pressed glasses are much thicker. The toe of the boot is the most fragile since the glass there is the most spread apart. Yet, the heal of the boot is very solid. The average size boot is one liter, but they come in many sizes.

How to Use a Das Boot

The boot shape of the glass makes drinking our of it more difficult. In the process of tilting the boot back to finish drinking, the toe becomes filled with an air bubble. If you do no deal with the air bubble correctly, the liquid in the boot will pop up and hit the drinker in the face. There is two ways to do this. One is to drink with the toe of the boot facing the left or the right in order to prevent the air bubble from building. The second way is to turn the boot so the toe is on the left or right just as the air bubble is forming.


ger/102/2014/winter/das_boot.txt · Last modified: 2014/01/23 22:28 by emryan
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