Munich’s Legendary Beer Hall & Oldest Brewery: Hofbräuhaus München
Hofbräuhaus‘ story begins in 1589, when Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, dissatisfied with the quality of beer in the city, decided that Munich would brew its own. With that decision, Hofbräuhaus was born, though at the time, it only brewed a brown ale. Wilhelm’s son and successor, Duke Maximilian I, changed that as he preferred a wheat beer over the brown ale. Under his control, he forbade all private breweries from brewing wheat beer thereby creating a local monopoly for the brewery. As a result of its growing success, Hofbräuhaus could no longer meet the demands for its beer and the wheat production was moved to a separate facility known as the “white” Hofbräuhaus, which occupied the same location where the beer hall stands today. In 1828, by decree of King Ludwig I, Hofbräuhaus was opened to the public, beginning the tradition of the beer hall as it is known today. By 1852, Hofbräuhaus became owned by the Bavarian State. Unfortunately, due to heavy bombing during WWII air raids, the majority of the beer hall was destroyed and would require major reconstruction. On the 800th anniversary of the celebrated beer hall, the renovations were completed and the new hall was opened as it stands today.
Although undeniably classifiable as a tourist trap, the Hofbräuhaus is well worth any visitor’s time, whether hunkering down at a table for hours or simply walking through the historic beer hall. At any time of the day, the crowd is lively, regularly breaking out into cheers and drinking chants. Indoors, the house brass bands offers additional encouragement to patrons.
“In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus – oans, zwoa, g’suffa!”
Platzl 9 80331 München, Germany