BREWERY STORIES OF GERMANY’S HISTORIC CITIES
Tour of Discovery: Long live hops, malt and water!
On the 23rd of April 1516 the German Beer Purity Law was once passed by the Bavarian state regulations. The golden barley juice has a tradition which is several thousand years old, it is drunk just about everywhere in the world and considered the national drink of the Germans.The history of beer, peppered with entertaining and interesting anecdotes, leads you across the whole of Germany.
Beer is a product of chance, it is said to have originated some 6000 years ago in Mesopotamia. Already the Germanic ancestors have made beerdrinking a tradition as finds of beer amphorae from around 800 BC show. Beer started its conquest quite slowly but became gradually more and more successful. Retracing the history of beer in Germany is extremely exciting as it leads through many interesting cities. Not only cultural highlights manifest themselves but also the great variety of regional beers.
In the Early Middle Ages, mainly monks busied themselves with the art of beer brewing as they said that “liquid does not break the fast”. Even today, there are breweries that still produce beer according to the old recipes of the monks. The brewery “Brauerei zum Klosterhof” in Heidelberg, for example, belongs to the monastery of the “Stift Neuburg” (Neuburg Abbey) whose history goes back to the 12thcentury. To this day, 15 monks live in the monastery. In the midst of nature, even organic beer is produced as all ingredients used in the brewery are organically grown.
The brewery “Brauerei zum Klosterhof” offers beer seminars with guided tour, tasting and three course menu. A special highlight may already be the arrival: the ships of the “Weiße Flotte”take you several times a day on a 30-minute trip on the Neckar River from Heidelberg to Neuburg Abbey.
DID YOU KNOW?
Meet the World Champion Beer Sommelier in Augsburg
He’s the reigning World Champion Beer Sommelier, and he also happens to own a beer brewery in Bavaria that this been in his family for five generations!
This beer-loving German is basically the world beer expert.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sleeping in a brewery is possible in Germany!
Yes, really! Have a look at these places where you can sleep and taste beer right after each other:
BEER TOURS TO GERMANY
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