Munich Saturday/Friday Beer Gardeners
(& Indoors in cold, wet, & winter etc)
Please do Not
mail the author questions, Read the page
below for answers. Author has no time for repetitive email
questions, when he should be doing paid computer work
, at his
screen, sorry ! - Please ask the organisers
or others At the Beer garden
over a beer, when we're happy to chat, de-focused from
- WE'RE SELECTIVE ! : You want to
socialise with people you'll get on with ? Us too ! Various
types don't suit you ? Us too ! So both you And the group
retain rights to decline, review, withdraw membership
- SUMMARY: English speaking
(relaxed & fluent) multi-
national, lively, intelligent, non smokers, no drunks, etc.
- The mail line footer defines us, with occasional
variation on what can be crammed on one line, eg: Fluent
English speaking international bright lively non
- NOT GEA. Please do
Not recruit more/ most GEA people !
- There's Lots of other
English clubs people can join.
- Some of us are English .
- All of us can speak English
- Some can speak German.
- Some are German,
- Some are of have been eg: American, Austrian,
Canadian, Chinese, English,
French, German, Iraqi, Irish, Pakistani, Scots,
Singapore, Spanish, Swedish, Syrian, Welsh, etc.
- We are not a linguists group, but random
Just ENGLISH SPEAKING Not German
- Speak English with us. You don't need to be a native
English speaker though; natives of Arabic, Chinese,
French, German, Japanese, Spanish, etc languages all
- Germans who join us come to speak English, not
If you want to speak German, we are Not the right group
- Native English speakers who want to inflict their
German on us are Not Welcome !
- Native German speakers who can speak English, but
don't, should join other groups.
- Talking in German for long, would dilute the
group, (as GEA was long ago
Germanised, then failed).
- To speak German, don't join us, join innumerable
other clubs run in Munich Germany, where about
80% of toward 2 million people are native German
- Disagree ?
Fluent English Speaking
- Flakey English grammar is not so bad: Better you
get the grammar wrong, than bore us waiting,
searching for the right phrase.
- We do not correct people. That would break up
conversation. We're Not an unpaid language school.
There's plenty of English teachers in Munich you can
- We do not make speeches. ! We're not Munich
- Do not bring friends who can only speak German,
that's not fair to us (or them) !
Can you switch to German if stuck ?
Yes, if really stuck, for a bit, & others
listening happen to want to understand German,
(not all can or want to). German is Not the
preferred language, any more than Russian or
Turkish or Chinese, so revert to English as soon
- If you are German, & you'r English is "Iffy"
do not make the mistake of bringing more German
friends with marginal English to keep you company,
find a German speaking group.
- People are removed when they can't / don't /
won't speak English. Not just Germans, even native
English speakers are Not
Welcome to practice German on us, & are removed
if doing so.
- Thoughts on
- Disagree ?
NON SMOKERS. Exclusively ! Do NOT bring smoker
- NON SMOKERS
- Do NOT Bring Smokers ! Not even outside ! Some of us
eg are allergic
&/or hate smoke. Most of us
do not want to be near, even outside.
- Do Not Smoke just before arrival, Do not nip out for
smokes & return, breath stinking of smoke.
(It's impossible to avoid the dead breath of a
smokers sat next to you, that turns to talk to you on
same bench). Smokers should buy nicotine chewing gum for
the evening, or Not Come, or leave us for the evening
before they go well away down wind for a
- (Restaurants that
were smoke free before Bavaria's 1st half hearted ban
& later 2nd more rigorous ban.
- Disagree ?
- We are mostly professionals, mostly intelligent
(debate any implied associativity, or assert any lack of
logical connectivity over a beer ;-)
- We're not ``politically correct', Mental strait
jackets imposed by others not accepted.
We speak real English not crippled by American (or,
increasingly also by British too) politicians' political
correctness, We call a spade a spade, (Which we
mean as An English noun, related to a shovel, not an
American noun as racial slang) We talk about the
sex (not gender) of a thing (if anyone gives a flying
monkey's ;-) & if anyone asks for a Rest Room or
Bathroom, they'll likely be teased that if they needed to
rest or bathe, that was best done at home first ;-) Pubs
& have toilets, but not baths & beds for a rest
- People do not bring kids & babies making a racket
& interrupting & & distracting sensible
conversation to the mundane.
- Disagree ?
- We do Not drink to get drunk,
- `Head bangers' groups exist elsewhere ;-)
- Seriously abusive behaviour not tolerated, drunk or
- We do Not encourage (or discourage ;-) alcohol
consumption, most drink beer, author sometimes
drinks Alkohol- frei beer , a few drink wine, a few drink
Rabarba- schoerle (Rhubarb with fizz) etc. Coffee's fine
if you don't want alcohol. We won't push you to drink
alcohol, though obviously you have to buy Something, at
least mineral water, to pay the pub for the
- We're not averse to a lively debate/ argument but
only if people remain intelligent & Listen too, &
no one monopolises conversation.
- Motor mouths not needed. Alcohol lubricated non stop
talkers Not wanted.
- There's pretty much nothing we consider off limits to
discuss. If you're easily offended, you might have a
problem, though we likely may not ;-)
- Disagree ?
- Come with an open lively mind,
- Don't be stuffy, If you want "Sie" rather than "Du"
(Not that we'll be speaking German anyway), Join some other
group, not us !
Move seats a few times during the evening. Make _your_
contribution to enlivening topics & debate !
Sitting at the same seat all evening can be stultifying
both for you And your neighbours - move around !
- You may not be bored yet.
- Others might not be bored with you yet.
- But others may. Or maybe they want to talk to
someone else too, & you more later.
- Those stuck against a wall can't circulate.
- Maybe someone next to a free seat is bored &
would welcome you moving there ?
- Make your contribution: don't just sit there,
Move On !
- Get up & you should Expect your seat to be
`stolen' by someone else, they are Supposed To! It
makes for variety for all.
- "That's my seat!" Is Not acceptable! Just rescue
your beer and mat & move
to a new seat.
- If you don't like it, Don't come.
- Disagree ?
DO NOT PHONE US EACH WEEK FOR VENUE
- Are you too lazy to get your own email ?
- Sorry ! You'r not mentally lively &/or adept
enough for the group.
- Join some other group, not us.
- We have no time to SMS people info.
- We do Not update a web page each week. (This
author often did many years back, but it was more work,
+ Our email list relays to whole group in just
minutes, & not to whole public on web sites, some of
who do not fit group).
- We do Not want you phoning us each week, interrupting
us, just just for the venue announcement. Get yourself a
free email address *you don't even need a computer for
that, you can access it via an Internet cafe)
- Subscribe yourself via the robot - We want
intelligent people - prove your intelligence - subscribe
- Disagree ?
See Also the introductory email after subscription robot
sends you when
DISAGREE & WANT TO ARGUE ABOUT
- If you wish to suggest & discuss venues, &
help choose, announce & host venues, Please do, You
are very welcome. Please volunteer yourself to BG Organisers.
But, If you wish to vigorously Argue & Assert Your
- You have the right to leave us without
- We have the right to remove you without
If You Argue With BG Organisers,
about BG Organisation, & vigorously Assert your non
organiser's opinion eg:
You will be removed as a liability.
- We should accept everyone without
- We should organise things Your
- Your opinion on organising carries as much
weight as organisers
- Our regularly working organisers are our chief asset, far more
valuable than non organisers.
- Do Not annoy, waste time of, or risk demotivating
organisers from organising.
- The organisers have
invested much time organising, organisers time is much more valuable than
that of non organisers, & organisers opinions far outweigh the
opinions of non organisers, when it comes to
It's not unfair or biased, but is fact, it's
- A reward to the few organisers who Work for our common
- An incentive to non organisers to please sometimes
volunteer to help organise next venue.
- You are welcome to Buy the right to assert
opinions or organising by first working as an organiser.
- (Some saw an old club (GEA) die away with it's
open door policy, degenerating to tolerating more
misfits, a few malign, & sundry over opinionated non
organisers, who didn't realise their opinions were worth
very little if they didn't help do some work organising.
An object lesson in mistakes to avoid. )
- If drinking inside Mark Your Beer
Mats Avoid mistakes, remind your neighbours too,
especially if waiter does not do it for you. In every big
group, some drinkers sometimes forget to pay enough,
occasionally some rogues may deliberately not pay enough,
occasionally some waiters cheat too, (one waiter tried to
bill us for a spare cheeseburger !) Most drinkers &
waiters are honest. Cheats exist too. Mistakes happen too,
Alcohol doesn't aid memory & counting. Mark the mat.
- Join the mail list where we
announce this week's venue.
- In dodgey weather or crowded venues, be on time
&/or note the organisers mobile number
from the announcement. We go when we want.
Most other beer garden indexes are little to no use for us.
as most other indexes:
- Full of hype & gloss, & prioritise history,
culture & other irrelevance, (may be nice to know,
but we choose by our own beer garden criteria).
- Others don't warn if short
- Others in German language, well not all our people
speak German, or want to read yet more German. (One index
is even in faked mis-spelled Bavarian, indecipherable if
you'r new/ only read Hoch Deutsch ie proper German, not
mis spelt dialect).
- Fraudulent short measures are Very common in rip off
Munich, where even government is on the O'fest rip off,
charging way over 100 mass (DE
of tax per 100 litres of beer sold, instead of ensuring
proper measures served. The locals are so used to be
ripped off, most indexes don't mention it.
- Most indexes don't list if a Beer Garden delivers bad
service while priding itself on being Bavarian, some have
obnoxious staff one
Hence this Index is Not verbose enthusiastic gush to promote
tourism, written by PR weenies, paid for breweries &
drinking trade. It's the opposite: It's notes on what's right
& more importantly Wrong with places.
- Do they serve Wrong beer or bad beer ?
Breweries merged to lessen choice for customers.
(Same complaint we had in UK, when CAMRA started), Jim
(an organiser) dislikes Franziskaner beer, (& I've
chucked away much of 2 maas dunkles beers at Stigl- maier),
so some F. places marked to aid selection
- It's been suggested we should remove some beer gardens
from the index, indeed this author too has been tempted to,
but on consideration we think that's
not best solution, as certain problems can be worked round
sometimes, & not listing problems just leaves us
mystified & memories fading, till perhaps we get bitten
again by smae problem, plus inevitably everywhere will fail
at some time, nowhere can be consistently perfect, so better
to just list know good And bad points & people can decide
where to go on a per visit basis.
- Listen ... we speak English.
- (OK, That won't help you much
in an Irish pub, so ...)
- Ask the waiter for reservation name BERKLIX.
- If you don't know what organisers
look like, check organisers web sites,
& or use a mobile phone.
- At most beer gardens, we sit
over the back, in the self service area, near the Kid's
Play Area (KPA) if there is one, unless otherwise
announced. Near the kids area started 'cos a few people
have kids with them occasionally, but it's usually also
easier to reserve more space for unknown quantities of
people, in what is usually the quieter KPA. Don't let the
frequent mention of KPA in mails scare you with thoughts of
a child oriented group of parents - we're not ! There's
usually only a few kids, We are semi allergic to kids,
certainly in bulk, but there's usually none now. We often
sit near the KPA for more space, less smokers, & less
busy surroundings, & because some used to sometimes
(2/3 prefer that, 1/3
Fridays, though we started on Fridays. Sometime we move to
Fridays to avoid big Football matches on TVs in pubs on Sat.)
Default nominal approximate start times (unless otherwise
- May & June: 18:00
- July & August: 18:30
- September: 18:00
- Winter / Indoor Starts: 20:00
Some arrive earlier to help reserve space, & some later.
We're many of us English
, we don't
expect to be exactly on time, it's a beer garden after all,
not a business appointment ! If you happen to arrive before
, just keep an eye out for
us, & other likely beer gardeners.
Bad weather Start
If the weather
been bad all day, if the announcement included a fallback
venue, we may automatically go there rather later than
the preferred outdoor beer garden. If on the other hand the
nasty at the last minute, & we divert en route or fresh
from the Beer garden, we'll likely be at the alternate venue
pretty much on time. We're not easily dislodged from a beer
garden though, a few spots of rain may of us are used to,
from growing up much closer to the Atlantic than here :-)
Question: "I'll Be Late, How Long Will You Be There
Answer: How Late Will You Be ?
Don't Ask Me ! - We're Not Going To
Commit Ourselves !
- Some of us may be there most of the evening if the weather is
fine, but if the Beer garden is announced in advance of
we will have no idea how long we or others will want to
- We usually leave when it's cold or dark, but sometime
we leave early; occasionally we're still there even if
it's raining intermittently, but we don't wait forlornly
for people to arrive, when we're thinking of
- If you want to encourage us to wait for you, send a
friend in advance to keep us company, maybe that'll
encourage people to stay on ... if the weather's
- You're allowed to bring your own food to most or all
Munich beer gardens we announce, so you don't need to eat
at home first !.
- Try to avoid always arriving late & expecting us
to wait, half bored at a largely empty table. At least
sometimes, arrive near-ish to time, & give organisers the benefit of your company at the
beginning, rather than the end, when we've had enough,
& are waiting for late-comers to drink up.
- On good evenings, it's some times a problem defending
our table space when beer gardens fill up. Try to arrive
before we are likely to be pestered by strangers after
our spare table space.
- Do not follow the example of one person, who told no
one he'd be coming, arrived over an hour late, to a beer
closed by the Wirt (Landlord) on a cold day for lack of
business, where we could buy no more beer. That person
was actually indignant that we'd gone, & hadn't
waited just in case someone we neither knew nor expected
turned up ! We're not daft - we don't wait on the off
chance, particularly in poor weather.
- Beer gardens are announced at short notice on the
email list, we don't bother putting details on this web
Which Address To subscribe ?
- Click to subscribe to email@example.com
page for firstname.lastname@example.org
- The organisers usually try
to announce venues on Thursday afternoons, as it's
convenient for those who only get email at
- In spring & autumn it's hard to plan ahead,
sometimes we delay announcements to Friday, while
waiting on the weather,
deciding if a more sheltered beer garden, or
different inside fallback options are needed.
- It's best, at least for spring & autumn, if
not for summer too, to [also] subscribe your work address rather
than [or as well as] your home address.
- If you stick to just a winter home based
subscription, you'll also miss spontaneous short
notice mid week beer gardens
(`Cell Phone' to use the original American name,
spuriously renamed as `Mobile Phone' in Britain, &
mistakenly called a `Handy' by Germans using wrongly
adopted English ).
Yes we have mobiles. No we don't want numbers listed
here, ask us personally if you feel the need.
People who claim mobiles are essential for finding
friends in a beer garden are out of their tree, mobiles
are merely a convenience for the caller, but
non-essential, & disturbing to table conversation of
others adjacent to person called.
The beer gardens started before people had mobile
phones. When we didn't know where the group was, we
simply walked methodically, slowly & sequentially up
& down rows, looking at faces, this method works well
even in the very biggest Munich beer gardens, (IE Hirsch-
Garten, Chinesicher Turm, Augustiner, etc). You might
also by chance meet others of your friends who may want
to join us, or even people you hope may become friends
SMS (Short Message Service)
If you want to know where we are: phone us, don't SMS us,
some (inc. this Author) do not respond to SMS.
If you are interested to find a gateway we could use
to automatically (not just manually) gateway email
announcements to SMS announcements: Do realise, SMS's
cost, so who will pay ? There's more to this than just
being an MS-Windows end user who uses some SMS gateway to
send one off SMSs. SMS gates make money by forcing people
to read adverts, so the entry format must change
periodically to force you to read adverts on line. It
would be a thankless task to keep updating the robot
interface. Also no doubt German operators would declare
I have no free time to write & maintain the
required scripts to interface to a gate, but if some
other programmer wants to do the programming, I can
provide the 24/7 Internet connected server base (FreeBSD
Unix), with whatever Perl/Java etc type stuff is
Venues are decided where possible at previous beer
gardens, by all who intend to come to next week's venue,
failing that (& when weather changes) by the Beer Garden Organisers to this schedule:
- Organisers normally start discussing/ deciding next
Saturday/Friday's venue on Tuesday.
- Sometimes when the weather forecast
is indeterminate, we delay till Wednesday.
- We normally announce by early/ mid Thursday
- We try to spread the selection geographically. More
weight attaches, if the venue nominated is from a regular,
&/or not particularly near the home/work of the
nominator, it being easy, but not so helpful if people just
nominate their local beer garden.
- If the weather's
good, we often go further to a cooler open park location,
if the weather is
marginal, to a more sheltered one in town.
- If you have a suggestion for a future venue, best
suggest it on a Saturday/Friday to one of the organisers
- It's hard in the dark at the end of an evening, to
recognise & remember who & how many will commit to
coming to which next venue, so it's helpful if those
involved subsequently mail the organisers saying EG "Include me in the list
of faces for people to look for at next venue [XYZ], - I
expect to be there roughly on time"
- In the very rare liklihood none of the numerous
organisers will be available to co-ordinate a decision, we
would try to forecast & announce that in advance, &
invite list members to step forward & announce
something, so that an opportunity is not missed.
2002 Autumn, after beer garden weather
ceased, we continued to meet each Friday in a variety of
venues, some of us going on to GEA Stammtisch
later, (but many
We became an all weather group.
2006 we dumped smokey dives inc GEA Stammtisch, & used smoke free
Then the law changed (2008 or 2009) & most decent
places became smoke free, & our venues widened.
2010, January, We switched from Friday to Saturday, as
avoiding pubs with Football on TV & avoiding pubs with
Franziskaner Weissbier became too much trouble, & more
people preferred Saturdays. What we'll do when the weather
warms remains to be seen.
- In beer gardens, you can just turn up, but if you are nice enough to tell
organisers in advance, it can help them know
how many adjacent tables to try to get, & who to look for.
For indoor venues with seating booked by Organisers
- Please Always
Reserve Seats With Organisers
- Weeks you'r probable coming but not certain, don't remain silent, give
organisers clues we can add up: 3 people @ 33% = 2 @ 50% = 1 more seat.
- No problem with people who normally book, & just occasionaly don't.
- Those who Never book, who just turn up, may be removed from mail list:
- They disrupt, needing to extend or shrink guessed table sizes.
- They squash others, & will be moved away when booked people arrive.
- Muenchen is rightly proud of the Koenig Ludwig Erlass
(when the King of Bavaria granted Munich brewers permission
to sell their beer under the trees they'd planted to keep
their cellars cool, on condition they allowed citizens to
bring their own food). Rather unique, not the case in most
of Germany or Britain
- Sadly, to balance that pride, there is the Shame of
- Lots of beer gardens & beer halls often seriously
short measure, particularly at Oktoberfest. Some O'fest
tourists might not care, & go home boasting of having
drunk more maas of beer... but if a maas is 0.9 to 0.7
litres as the evening wears on & froth replaces beer,
it's an empty boast.
- Traditional bier steins, opaque, such as at Nock-
herberg stark bier fest, are ideal for short measures. Too
many of mine were short measures. Better to buy stark bier
from a bottle, poured into a glass, a half litre you can
- Magazine articles in 2008 estimate O'fest fraud is
worth around 5 million euros, or .75 cents fraud per maas,
& the city council don't much care, not looking to
enforce an average to the mark, but just monitoring if way
- Gross consistent regular short measuring that would get
any pub in England closed down promptly by the Weights
& Measures Inspectorate, are tolerated.
- On the other hand, the Reinheits- Gebot (Purity law)
ensures (theoretically cleaner beer than in UK (though ask
me over a beer, about a UK chemical lorry driver I met
regularly delivering to a Munich brewery ;-)
- Anti fraud club VGBE costs 6 Euro a year membership.
Less than a short maas ! Prost !
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