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Das Boot
Referred to as "Bierstiefels" in Germany, these glass drinking vessels embody the beer culture found in Deutschland. Boot drinking is the essence of camaraderie and in many circles a game of sorts.

There are several varying "traditional" sources of the boot. Most centering on German military roots at the beginning of the 20th century.

As with many "traditional" and informal sources the veracity of such claims may be disputable but the tradition itself does have a cultural source.

One Tradition holds that a Persian general swore to his troops that he would drink beer from his boot dependent on the successful outcom in a coming battle. When victorious, the general ordered a glass fashioned in the shape of a boot to fulfill his promise without "having to taste his own feet".

Another tradition holds that the boot began when German soldiers during WW1 having nothing else to drink from instead passed around an actual leather boot of beer before heading into battle. They would flick the boot before drinking from it for good luck and again after drinking to wish next soldier good luck.

Appropriate for these styles:

There are no particular types of beer for this glass it is mostly used for Recreational use.