Munich breweries on the Oktoberfest
According to tradition in the beer tents is only sold original Munich beer which is characterised by a long tradition, much experience in brewing and and the strict adherence of the “Reinheitsgebot” (Bavarian Purity Requirements). Here’s a overview of all six Munich Oktoberfest-breweries.
Augustiner was founded in 1328 and is the oldest Munich brewery. It’s rooted in the old Munich Augustiner monastery in Neuhauser Gasse. There has also been an taproom which was popular with the Munich people. Later the brewery was relocated to Neuhauser Straße 27 where’s still the famous Augustiner inn and later on it was removed to Landberger Straße where the brewery is settled until today and where is also the traditional Bräustüberl with low priced, Bavarian food. The both beergarden Augustinerkeller and Hirschgarten are very popular.
Augustiner-Oktoberfest-beer has 6% alcohol and is sold in the beer tents Augustiner-Festzelt and Fischer Vroni. As the only Munich brewery Augustiner is still using wooden barrels for storing beer.
The brewery was founded in 1417 at the place where today is the inn Altes Hackerhaus (Sendlinger Straße) and grew to the leading Munich brewery in the 18th century under the couple Joseph Pschorr and Maria Theresia Hacker. After their death the brewery was divided in Hacker brewery and Pschorr brewery and not reunified before the 1970s. Since 2007 the beer is sold again in the traditional bottles with flip top closure.
The beer which is with 5,8% alcohol the lightest one, is offered at the Oktoberfest in the Hacker-Zelt and the Pschorr-Bräurosl.
Wilhelm V. founded the brewery 1589. Originally the brewery at the Platzl where is still the famous Hofbräuhaus, one the the most important touristic attractions in Munich. Later the brewery was socialized and relocated to Wiener Platz, where is still one of the most beautiful Munich beergarden, the Hofbräukeller. Today the brewery is in München-Riem.
The beer which is sold in the Hofbräuzelt at the Oktoberfest is with 6,3% alcohol the strongest one.
Already in the 15th century there has been a brewery in the Löwengrube. The middle-sized company emerged to the biggest brewery in the 19th century under the Family Brey. The brewery was relocated to Nymphenburger Straße where it is already located. Near the brewery is the popular beergarden Löwenbräukeller at the Stiglmayerplatz which was founded in 1883. The logo of the beer is a lion. Also famous is the oversized, mechanical lion on the top of the Löwenbräu tent which can roar and move its tail.
At the Oktoberfest the 6,1%-beer is sold in Löwenbräu-Zelt and Schützenzelt.
This beer is brewed since 1634 in the Paulaner monastery and therefore the most recent under the Munich beers. First the beer was only sold in public on holidays. The recipe of the stout which became very popular with the Munich people was invented by Brother Barnabas. Today the brewers is settled on the Nockherberg where takes place every year the stout-festival with an opening festival where politicians are kidded under the direction of an selected Brother Barnabas.
The Oktoberfest-beer of Paulaner has 6% alcohol and is sold in the Winzerer Fähndl, the Armbrustschützen-Zelt, the Käferzelt and the Wine Tents.
The Spaten brewery was founded 1397 and was setteled in the Neuhauser Gasse for the first centuries. Today the brewery is located in the Marsstraße and managed since 200 years by the Sedlmayr Family. The logo of the label is a spade with the initials of Gabriel Sedlmayr. Also in the possession of the Sedlmayr family is the Franziskaner brewery. These both 5,9%-beers are offered at the Oktoberfest in the Schottenhammel, the Marstall, the Ochsenbraterei and of course the Spaten-Zelt.