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Germany's Best Beer Breweries

Take a Brewery Tour and Learn About the German Art of Beer Brewing

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Want a true taste of German culture? Then take a tour of one of Germany’s many breweries and explore the rich history of century-old beer brewing in Germany.

According to the purity law of 1516, German beer is only made with 4 ingredients - water, hops, malt, and yeast -, but that doesn’t mean that all German beer tastes the same. You can wet your whistle with 5000 types of beers, crafted by over 1200 German breweries.

From thousand-year old monasteries, to state of the art facilities, discover the art of beer in some of Germany's best breweries; all of them offering brewery tours and beer tastings.

1. Erdinger Brewery, Munich

Glass of Bier, Brewery in Germany
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The world's largest brewer of wheat beer is located in Munich and combines tradition and modern technology. The purest ingredients with age-old recipes make their way through a high-tech bottling plant, and the beer is matured in a computer-controlled warehouse.
More than one million bottles leave the brewery every day, but you can enjoy your fresh Hefeweizen in the brewery's beer garden.

2. Monastery Brewery Andechs

The Andechs Monastery, located on the Holy Mountain above Lake Ammersee in Bavaria, has been a site of pilgrimage and beer culture since the middle Ages. The brewery tour tells you all about thd rich history of the brewing process, while also giving you access to its state of the art facilities.
But wait, there's more: The monastery also has a church, brew pub, restaurant, butcher shop, distillery, and an organic farm.

3. Weihenstephan Brewery

The Weihenstephan brewery in Freising, close to Munich, prides itself in being the oldest working brewery in the world; benedictine monks made beer here as early as 1040 A.D. The brewery is most famous for its earthy Weizenbier, wheat beer. Travel back in time and learn about the almost 1000-year-old brewing process of Weihenstephan.

4. Becks Brewery in Bremen

The famous Beck’s beer is brewed on the riverbanks in Bremen, in the North of Germany. Slightly bitter and known around the world, Beck’s and its local version Haake Beck’s have been crafted here since 1879. Take a look behind the scenes of the brewery; you can explore the brewing rooms, malt silos and fermentation tans, and educate yourself in the Beck's beer museum.

5. Smoked Beer Brewery, Bamberg

The city of Bamberg in Bavaria boasts 10 breweries and is famous for its amber colored Rauchbier (smoked beer).
One of the most charming breweries is the Spezial Brewery dating back to 1536, where you can watch the century-old process of drying malt over an open fire – the secret of the beer’s mild smoked flavor. Enjoy your Rauchbier right then and there: It is only sold within 9 miles of the brewery. There is a cozy hotel and restaurant on site.

6. Rechenberg Brewery Museum, Saxony

Located in the German Ore Mountains, the Rechenberg brewery is one of the oldest working breweries in the East of Germany. The preserved historical brewery, overlooked by a hilltop castle, features a brewing room from 1780, complete with original (and still functioning) brewery equipment. You can sample your fine Pilsner beer in the underground cross-vaulted cellar of the Old Malt house.
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