Hofbrau History – Some historical facts about your favorite German brewery

The original Hofbrau Brewery was founded in 1589 by Whilelm V, the Duke of Bavaria, as the official royal brewery of the country.  It was to be exclusively for the use of the royal family. The beer quickly became quite popular thanks to the first brewer, Heimeran Pongratz, and the famous "Bavarian Beer Purity Law" of 1516 that stated that only natural ingredients could be used in the brewing process. Wilhelm had a son, Maximilian I, who did not care much for the popular Braunbier, which was a dark and heavy brown beer.  So in the 17th century, Maximilian I turned the ...

History of Beer Gardens – More than Just a Shady Spot to Enjoy Your Beer!

What’s more inviting on a warm spring afternoon than sitting at an old wooden picnic table in the middle of an outdoor patio or garden, enjoying your favorite German beer under the shade of some trees?  Add an oversized Bavarian pretzel and maybe a knockwurst with some grainy German mustard – and the day can’t get much better! While this al fresco spring and summer experience is always an anticipated, good time – there’s much more cultural history to a beer garden than enjoying a cold brew in a park like setting. Beer Gardens (translated from the German ...