Going for a pint in Munich has been a must-do since the days the city was founded by monks. Building on these strong traditions, the city has a diverse history in relation to beer. On this 3-hour Munich Beer Tour, we’ll tap straight into the story of beer in Munich, from beer halls to breweries to beer monopolies and the theme of Bavaria. With the help of a local beer sommelier, this German Beer Tour takes us behind the scenes to Bavarian traditional haunts to expand our knowledge of, and taste for, beer. Together, we’ll survey the breadth of quality in the Munich beer scene, and extrapolate what this can tell us about the cultural and social history of Bavaria.
German Beer Tour
The route of our Munich Beer Tour may take a number of different directions according to the docent on the day, but we’ll start in Marienplatz to introduce the hearty themes of our tour as we look up towards the glockenspiel. We might amble down to the beer garden in Viktualienmarkt as we introduce the topic of beer gardens in Bavaria and the various rules associated with them—for instance, why it’s acceptable to bring your own food to a German beer garden. From here, we will walk towards perhaps one of the most historic beer locations in Germany: Hofbrauhaus. Founded in 1589 by the Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V, it’s certainly one of the oldest of the beer halls in the country. We’ll talk about the history of this particular beer hall and its connection with the monarchy along with important implications for the sudsy nectar, such as purity laws introduced in the sixteenth century.
After leaving Hofbrauhaus behind, it’ll be high time for our first beer. We’ll dive into a local haunt, sitting down over a beer recommended by our docent. Here, we’ll talk about the different styles of beer on offer, from Helles to Weißbier to Bock and more. We’ll be regaled with information on the culture and etiquette of these traditional drinking establishments, which have been in business for hundreds of years. We might mention the effect on the taste of the beer according to each vessel, or talk about ‘stammtisch’ (reserved tables for regulars), and our docent will point out the intricacies associated with such venues. There will be plenty to see before us and some interesting tastes on our palates before me continue with our German Beer Tour. It will be hard to be plucked away from an eye opening Bavarian “Wirtshaus” such as this.
Tasting Our Way Around Munich
From here, our Munich Beer Tour might take a number of different directions. We may go for a wander, with a beer in hand (!) through the Beer and Oktoberfest museum which is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Munich. We’ll talk about the history of the wheat brew and Oktoberfest, considering its current standing in Bavarian tradition, including its worldwide impact. We might go onwards to a small brewery to show the brewing process in order to demonstrate different styles of beer and examine the ingredients behind the scenes. If we go to a brewery, we will have the chance to sample some different styles and taste-test traditional Bavarian food. If time allows, we might have the chance to enjoy a final beer together in another traditional Bavarian venue, a craft brewery or even an outside beer garden (weather depending).
(If you are interesting in food as well, try our Munich Food Tour
for some delectable Bavarian eats).
Throughout the course of our German Beer Tour, we’ll sample an array of Bavarian beers, expanding our knowledge of both the history of beer and the range in options available in Munich. We will examine how all of these products fit into the Bavarian diet, along with other culinary traditions and philosophies. At the end of the walk, we will have gained an understanding of the significance of beer in Germany history, including its contribution to laws, diet, its social status, and impact on world events.
Where do we meet? Where does it end?
We meet in Marienplatz where we start the tour. The walk may end nearby or in a location not far from it. Your confirmation email will have the exact meeting point details along with a map, and 24 hour phone number for any last minute issues.
What if it’s raining?
Tours operate rain or shine. There is some walking in between venues, but most of this tour takes place indoors. In summer, we may spend time in beer gardens so please bring a hat and sunscreen.
Can children join this tour?
The legal drinking age in Germany is 16 for beer. Under 16s are allowed on private bookings, but they can not drink.
Is my tasting fee included?
Yes, this is paid in advance and the docent will manage the budget on the day.
I'm booking a private tour. Why does the price increase when I book more than 2 people?
The price increases due to the tasting budget per person.
Are there gluten-free options available for this tour?
Unfortunately, this walk is not well-suited to those with gluten restrictions. We may be able to arrange something on a custom basis. Please inquire at email@example.com.
Is it possible to book for more than 6 people?
Yes - but the route of the tour will be adapted. This tour visits several small, intimate Munich venues, where finding a table is tricky. For groups of larger than 6, please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org for advice about alternative options.