“Prosit Neujahr!” from Prost Brewing

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December 30, 2013 by Prost Brewing

New Year's Eve in Frankfurt, Germany.  Courtesy of: Thomas Wolf (Der Wolf im Wald) under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en.

New Year’s Eve in Frankfurt, Germany. Courtesy of: Thomas Wolf (Der Wolf im Wald) under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en.

With the New Year nearly upon us, the family here at Prost has much to be thankful for. 2013 has brought its share of memories and accomplishments, among them a gold medal from the GABF in the Keller/Zwickel category for our Keller-Pils. As a young brewery, we cannot explain in words the joy such an accomplishment has brought us and all of those involved in making Prost the brewery it is today.

So how are we at Prost planning on celebrating such a year!?! Well with plenty of traditional high-quality German beer of course! In Germany, parties are common on New Year’s Eve. In fact, the New Year’s Eve celebration in Berlin is one of the largest celebrations in all of Europe, likely fueled by plenty of that irresistible German beer. Besides German beer there are a few other ways to celebrate the New Year with the real German spirit!

Indeed, Germany has some other rather unexpected New Year’s Eve traditions, one of which this blog introduced you to the last New Year’s Eve of 2012. Last year, we told you about the German tradition of watching the short 14 minute sketch titled “Dinner for One” originally filmed in the 1970’s. Today in Germany, you will still find this short 14 minute comedy skit on several German T.V. stations on New Year’s Eve, keeping the well-known German catchphrase “The same procedure as every year James” an immortal classic.

Some other even more peculiar German New Year’s Eve traditions include the unique one known as “Bleigießen” (pron. BLYE-ghee-sen) which literally translates to “pouring lead.” No, you did not misread the last line! This tradition involves telling fortunes from the shapes formed from molten lead that has been dropped into cold water. A shape such as a ball suggests that good luck will soon roll your way. Other classic German traditions that will increase your luck in 2014 include eating a jam-filled doughnut (yes you have to!) known as “Berliner” that comes with and without liquor fillings.

Berliner (Doughnuts) for New Year's Eve.  Courtesy of: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-43512-0001 / CC-BY-SA under license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en.

Berliner (Doughnuts) for New Year’s Eve. Courtesy of: Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-43512-0001 / CC-BY-SA under license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en.

You might also consume a tiny marzipan pig for even better luck! Last but not least, you can search for a chimney sweep to touch for good luck, and for even better luck have him rub ash on your forehead. While this may be a somewhat impossible task, it is worth all the luck you will get from such a challenge! Know any chimney sweeps?!?!

Regardless of whether or not you engage in any of these peculiar German New Year’s Eve traditions, we hope that you take part in the most important German tradition of all – drinking beer! Come this New Year’s Eve to spend the last of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 in Denver’s only authentic German beer hall drinking the most traditional German beer this side of the Atlantic! If you are planning to stay cozy and snug in your home this New Year’s Eve, come by Prost and get one of our growlers to share with all of those special guests you will be ringing in the New Year with!

From all of us at Prost, “Ein guts und gesegnetes neues Jahr!”…We wish you a good and blessed New Year!

“Prosit Neujahr!”…”Happy New Year!”

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