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Beer Boots

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What is a Beer Boot?

A beer boot, or as the Germans call it, a Bierstiefeln, is simply a beer glass that has been created in the shape of a boot. Obviously, the preferred beverage to drink from this glass is beer. They aren't made any differently from traditional glassware. In most cases, boot glasses will be made of molded, pressed glass. Artisans and expert glass blowers have also made boot glasses. Some German manufacturers make boot glasses out of traditional ceramic and stoneware stein materials, but these are far less common. Boot glasses can come in a wide variety of sizes, and they can also exhibit specific stylings, etchings and engravings as well. In general, boot glasses hold anywhere from half a liter of liquid to four liters of liquid.

Boot Glass History

No one knows exactly how the boot glass came about, although it probably has some tradition that dates back to England in the 1600s. Back then, a popular pub game was to drink a yard of ale that was served in a special glass as fast as one could. The glass would have a bulb at the end of it, in a way like the toe of a boot, which presented specific challenges while the beer was being consumed. These yard of ale glasses, also known as "Long Glasses" and "Cambridge Yard" glasses, held roughly a liter and a half of liquid.

But there's a large difference between a long, straight glass and a boot. The glass boot is believed to have been created in Germany at some point, in between the 19th and 20th centuries. People offer many stories to explain how this drinkware came to be in the shape of a boot, but no one knows exactly for sure how the boot came to be a boot.

One story suggests that a general in the Prussian army tried to motivate his troops before a particular battle by telling them, if they won, that he would drink beer from his boot. After his troops won the battle, the Prussian general had a glass boot created for him so that he would not have to taste his own feet and boot leather while drinking the beer. In a way, it was almost noble that he didn't want to spoil perfectly good beer.

Another legend states that groups of German soldiers used boots to drink their beer during World War One because they couldn't find any glasses. This activity became a sort of morale and community builder, as soldiers would flick the boot before drinking to wish themselves luck, and they would flick the boot before passing it along to wish the next soldier luck before they took a drink.

Because both of these legends are rooted in a sort of military tradition, it should come as no surprise that soldiers frequently toast their victories by using a glass boot. And in beer halls and other locations around the Germanic parts of Europe, boot glasses are passed around in celebration and as a drinking challenge.

When American troops were stationed throughout Germany after World War Two, they were shown the German custom of drinking out of a boot glass. It is likely because of this fact that there are several American-made boot glasses, including boot glasses that are based off of cowboy boots.

Types of Boots

You'll be able to find a boot for just about every situation. As mentioned before, boot glasses can hold up to four liters of liquid. To put that in perspective, you can pour 11 bottles or cans of a 12-pack into the largest glass boots. You can also find tiny boot glasses that hold as much as standard shot glasses do.

Although you can probably find cheap plastic versions of boot glasses, you will want to find one that is made from glass. The most expensive type of boot glass you can buy is one that has been hand-blown by a craftsman. These will be delicate but unique pieces. The most common type of boot glass you'll find is one made from machine-pressed glass. This is glass that has been melted and pressed into a mold. Most mass-produced glasses will be machine-pressed, and that is because they tend to be hardy and can withstand a bit of abuse. Buyers will also be able to find machine-blown glass boots that have the same look of artisan-blown glass but are also a bit more durable.

The Movie "Beerfest" and Das Boot

When "Beerfest," a comedy that was beer- and beer-drinking-competition-themed, was released in the United States in 2006, Americans got their first look at "Das Boot," a gigantic glass boot that was a key component of the final Beerfest competition. Obviously, this was a pun on the famous German war movie of the same name. While the exact measurements and dimensions of the beer glass in the movie are unknown, many people have theorized that it could hold at least two liters worth of liquid.

Before the movie premiered, people in America would be somewhat hard pressed to find a traditional, German boot glass outside of German specialty restaurants and beer gardens. However, boot glasses are quickly becoming part of the college drinking tradition, and they are used for several types of competitions and drinking games.

Engraved Beer Boots

Boot glasses can be engraved with several different types of logos, insignias, monograms and designs. In Germany, it is common to see boot glasses that have been marked with brewery logos and with Oktoberfest or other cultural markings. Companies usually engrave these boots by using machines, lasers or sandblasting techniques.

These engraved glass boots are perfect for groomsmen gifts and graduation gifts, and they're great to help celebrate a special occasion. Marking an individual's 21st birthday with a special, customized glass boot can be a great way to say, "Congratulations! Have a legal drink!" Glass boots are a bit more special and memorable than other beer glassware, which can make them a gift that people will treasure for years to come.

Drinking from a Boot Glass and Boot Glass Games

After reading so much about boot glasses, you're probably ready to give drinking from one a try. If you've never drank from a boot glass before, follow a few simple tips to make sure that you don't get showered with beer.

If you haven't realized it by now, the shape of the glass is what makes drinking from a boot so difficult. Even if the glass is properly handled, an air bubble still might form in the toe of the boot. People have several strategies in order to minimize the effects of the air bubble. Some people believe that as long as the toe of the boot is pointed to the left or right of you, an air bubble won't form. Other people believe that the air bubble is unavoidable and that the best way to deal with it is to twist the boot right before the air bubble surfaces. Yet more people try to rotate the glass constantly as they drink to avoid forming an air bubble. While any one way might not be right, you should practice and get the gist of them all until you find a way that you prefer.

The boot glass game is traditionally played to determine who buys the next round, but after "Beerfest," people have issued and accepted boot glass challenges for the pure sport of it. A full boot glass is passed around in a circle between all of the group's members. Whoever is the second-to-last person to drink from the glass loses the game.

Ultimately, the game lends itself to one of two strategies. Whoever gets the boot should either try to drink the whole thing in one go, or they should drink as little as possible and hope that their drinking buddies aren't up to the task. Also, if you're playing with someone who is new to a boot glass challenge, don't tell him or her the secret. It's hilarious to watch someone suffer the ill effects of an air bubble when they're not expecting it. It's always a lesson that someone never forgets.