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24 April 2010 No Comment

Hofbrauhaus exterior

The Munich Hofbräuhaus

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich is more than just a brewery. The 400 year old institution played a central role in developing Bavaria’s beer culture. It is said that when the court of Wilhem V., the duke of Bavaria, was unhappy about the quality of beer brewed in Munich, he ordered the construction of Munich’s first Hofbräuhaus at the Alter Hof (Old Court). In 1605, to keep up with ever increasing demand, a second Hofbräuhaus was opened at Platzl, specializing in brewing white beer. This second location is where the world famous Hofbräuhaus stands today.

In the early days, only guests of the Bavarian court are allowed entry. This is possibly done to keep demands in check, as the ladies at the Bavarian court supposedly drink up to 7 litres of beer daily, and regard beer as a beauty treatment (I figure that their gentlemen would drink way more than that).

Thanks to King Ludwig I., who opened the brewery to the public, common citizens like you and I can now enter the Hofbräuhaus, and taste their wonderful beer. My favourite is their Lager, the Hofbräu Original. This particular brew tastes crisp and smooth, making it easy to drink even after a few litres (comes in 1 litre glasses). Order some pretzel or the pork knuckle, and your Hofbräuhaus experience would be complete.

The Hofbrauhaus Munich

Inside the Hofbräuhaus

The Hofbräuhaus is very popular with tourists; in fact, there seem to be more tourists than local visitors. But don’t be quick to avoid it, the Hofbräuhaus is worth at least one visit. The character and architecture of the place is a draw in itself. There is an admission free exhibition on the history of the Hofbräuhaus, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Travel Info

Price of Beer: Hofbräu Dunkel (Dark), Hofbräu Original €6.90 (Website Menu, as of April 2010).
The menu includes non-alcoholic beverages, dessert selection, and vegetarian food.

Website http://www.hofbraeuhaus.de

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