500 years of pure beer
The brewery capital
Almost half of German breweries are concentrated in Bavaria. Specifically, about 630 out of a total of 1,350. In Munich, six giants still survive: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner and Spaten-Franziskaner. Their beers are exclusively sold in the vast majority of local bars and restaurants, and they are the only ones that participate in the Oktoberfest.
While half of Europe honours Saint George and celebrates World Book Day, on 23 April the Bavarians will take the chance to toast their ‘liquid bread’. It was on this date that the Reinheitsgebot was proclaimed in 1516. As a commemoration, since 1994 it has also been German Beer Day and there are organised tastings and guided tours. In Munich, the Bavarian Brewers Federation stages an event that offers free beer to those who attend.