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The Beergarden

Biergarten Waldwirtschaft München - Picture from flickr
Biergarten Waldwirtschaft München - kudo88 on Flickr

The beer garden belongs to Bavaria like the mountains and bulbous spires. There is no place that doesn’t have one. In Munich, where you can find 110 “official” beer gardens, the Brotzeitrecht ("right to snack") celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2012. This is a law allowing you to bring your own food (“Brotzeit”) to the beer garden, if you are buying your drinks there.

In 1812 the Bavarian king Max I Joseph enacted the law which allowed the brewers from Munich to sell their beer directly at the point of origin or storage location. But at the same time he forbade them the sale of food. This law was supposed to settle the long-lasting quarrel between breweries, that sold their beer directly from the summer storages, and the neighbouring hostelries which suffered from a loss of clientele due to the breweries’ business. Although the “Brotzeitrecht” is a regulation from Munich, you can find it in many beer gardens all over Bavaria. A typical “Brotzeit” consists of pretzels, radish and a special cheese, the so called “Obatzda”. All this will be eaten from a wooden plate.

The beautiful gardens themselves emerged out of the necessity to store the beer, which was being brewed between September and April (brewing out of that period was not allowed due to fire prevention reasons). Therefore cellar vaults had been digged, especially in the heights of Munich. But this stony protection also was too weak to keep the beer from the summer heat. Therefore shadow-providing chestnut trees were planted on the storage rooms – which gives us these lush gardens today.

Source: www.guide-to-bavaria.co