On a recent day in Munich Jaclyn and I went on a Bavarian Beer Tour. We stopped at three restaurants in Munich.
We stopped at the Paulaner microbrewery-restaurant and got a tour of the brewery and got to try their three beers. Paulaner is one of my favourite beers – especially the unfiltered white beer – and these beers were quite good. The only beer they sell at the restaurant is made in-house so each brew is a little different. Our tour guide (an American Ex-pat from Maine) happened to be an apprentice brewer so he was very knowledgeable – and passionate – about hops. Apparently the reason that German beer is so good is the purity law which states beer can only have three ingredients – water, hops and wheat. The best hop-growing land is also very close to Munich – this coupled with the Chestnut trees (cooling the ground) make Munich the perfect storm for beer production!
The copper large beer stills are quite photogenic!
The tour ended at Hofbrauhaus – a huge Bavarian beer hall with tonnes of history, an oompah band and of course beer. They sell the beer in 1L steins – the only way they’ll sell you a pint is if you get a white beer. This place was bustling when we got there and we shared a table with a Portuguese couple and a German guy – these are the times when I hate not being able to speak German!