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Weihenstephan, center for brewing technology and oldest brewery worldwide

Approximately 20 minutes from the Munich airport, Freising's Weihenstephan hill is home to the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan. Its first stone was laid in 725 by St Corbinian, who erected a Benedictine monastery with 12 companions. The first occurrence of brewing dates from 43 years after that, and the beer probably came from the nearby hop garden whose owners had to pay a tithe of to the monks.

Officially though, it was only in 1040 that Weihenstephan was allowed to brew some beer - that was the year Abbot Arnold obtained to right to brew and to sell beer from the city of Freising. Another milestone was the issueing of the Bavarian Beer purity Law in 1516 by Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria - right at the doorsteps of the monastery. In the course of the State's secularisation, the monastery was dissolved in 1803 and all the possessions and rights of the brewery were transfered to the Bavarian State. In 1921, the brewery was promoted "State Brewery Weihenstephan", and in 1923 it was allowed to use the Great Seal of the Bavarian State as its corporate logo - which it still does. In 2010, Weihenstephan was bestowed the "Best Great Brewery" award by the "Australian International Beer Awards", the world's second most important brewing competition.

Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan // muenchen-umland.deOn an international level, the State Brewery is well represented and markets its products in some 40 countries - including Canada (Ontario). Furthermore, it has educated master brewers since 1852, and these raise the reputation of Munich's Technical University as a brewing school when working all around the world. The brewery is open to visits on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays upon reservation.

Source & more: Weihenstephaner.de