Brazil 2014: The Delicious Game – Germany edition
Alex White returns to walk you through the pregame menu for the Ringkampf in Recife…
The US and Germany will collide Thursday in a match that is a game-theorist’s dream: with a draw, both teams are guaranteed to advance. It’s certainly not the first time a situation like this has occurred, but you can talk to Panama about the perils of asking the opponent to lay off.
Still, Guten Tag German friends! How wonderful it is to see you again! It’s really been too long since we’ve talked about how awesome you are, and how great it’s been being such close buddies!
But even before that brief rocky patch, the US and Germany have been always been tight. George Washington’s best friend loved the bratwurst, and today more Americans trace their ancestry to Germany than any other country, even America!
That’s what makes Thursday’s matchday menu fun: so many German foods are already as American as apfelstrudel.
You already know what you want, and it is wonderful. Fire up the grill for your bratwurst, or frankfurters, spicy mustard, and saeurkraut, all on a pretzel bun. And since you can feel the absence of deep fry, pair it with your choice of potato pancake.
For dessert, a German chocolate cake will fit the bill and give your party the right vibe. If you really want to take the cake (forgive me) to the next level, try a Black Forest cherry cake, which I am obliged to inform you can be created in cupcake-form.
For snacks, is there anything better than gigantic soft pretzels? Be sure to make extras: there may be no more satisfying food to munch on during the match. Pretzel in one hand, and a beer in another…
Oh, the beer. The beer! Yes, there are also wines like Riesling or liquors like Jagermeister, but don’t do that to yourself. Germany is all about the beer, and I’m not about to tell you which of the many amazing wheats, pales, or darks you want.
But I am going to tell you how to drink it.
If you can, finding a stein with a flip lip and painted alpine scene would suit the mood–but the drinkware you really want is a Beer Boot.
The centuries-old legend goes that a German general promised his troops he would drink beer from his boot if they triumphed in battle, and after the victory, since his leather was sweaty and leaky, he had it cast in glass to drink.
(If you’re feeling really brave or “celebratory,” you can use your soccer boots–share a pic with us @OTFSoccer and we’ll post for the world to see!)
What better way to celebrate a glorious tied result and the mutual triumph of reaching the next round alongside our dear friends and cousins the Germans? Just remember, “Turn the boot!”
OTF’s recommended gameday tailgate:
Auf Wiedersehen und Prost!
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