Theres many a thread and post on here where people get misty-eyed as they reminisce about their drinking exploits and the many great sessions theyve enjoyed here in Germany. However I reckon this is on a par with "the summers were always lovely when I was a kid" and heres my reasons why. The Germans drink in a different manner to us. Their way of drinking is centralised around beer. If you stick to beer out here then this is the place for you, however if you are a spirit man or woman then its not so good. In Blighty you can get a quarter or maybe a third of a gill (35/30/25 mm for the youngsters) of spirits and a dash of the soft drink of your choice. You can actually tatse the spirit involved.Here, its a thimbleful of spirit and a pint of soft drink; this is known as a "tall drink". Bollocks, to me this is known as a fucking rip-off. You'll drown in it before you get drunk on it and only end up with an even more bloated gut that you started with. Let's be honest, the only time you get drunk on spirits out here is if you are in a Sqn/Coy/Regt Bar or Mess or in yours or your mate's houses. As a result, I hardly touch spirits in the boozers out here. Its much better in the UK where your average bevvy merchant like me can enjoy his spirits, a thing you very rarely see even among our German friends.