For centuries, beer is and has been an important part of the culinary and cultural heritage of Bavaria and Munich. We were hoping to have a somewhat authentic “beer experience” at both a beer hall and especially a beer garden. After all, as it turned out, if you are lucky enough to have a warm, sunny day while in Munich, there is no better place to spend the afternoon than at a beer garden!
While in Munich, we took in both a beer hall and beer garden to experience the fun, cultural heritage of Munich. This is where we ended up:
We did feel like a bit of an inconvenience for being tourists at this location, but in all fairness before visiting we were warned that most of the people eating here are locals.
We still really enjoyed our food and the good atmosphere (despite the grumpy waiter), yummy booze and fairly priced food. The food was authentic and pretty good. It was definitely a popular, busy place and it was helpful that they had English menus. Despite the grumpy waiter and the busy surroundings, we were surprised how fast our meals came.
It was only about a ten minute walk from the main train station and we loved the cozy feeling atmosphere when we walked in the door.
It is hard to ignore the impact that the Augustiner brewery has had on the local beer scene in Munich. When we imagined what a German beer garden looked like before traveling to Munich, this came the closest to what we expected. We liked that it didn’t feel like you were in the middle of the city and it was only a is a short walk from the main train station. It was relaxing and peaceful sitting below all the tall chestnut trees that did a good job keeping it nice and cool on a hot day and was great for people watching. It was the ambiance of the beer garden that really made our visit.
The only downfall of our experience was that we didn’t check the change we were given when we went through the cashier since our hands were so full and were completely ripped off because of it. In Canada, you could tell them to check their till and they would have to cash out, but in Germany, you snooze, you lose. Lesson learned!
Did You Know?
- Beer was traditionally brewed in March, when the heat of summer and bacteria wouldn’t interfere with the brewing process. Called Märzenbier, the beer was higher in alcohol so that it could last all summer long. It was during October that the rest of the year’s beer was consumed to make room for the new year’s worth of beer. Today, though the beer is still brewed under the same style, it is now brewed right before the fall.
- It wasn’t until 1892 that beer began to be served in glass mugs. Traditional beer steins were made of stone, then metal. While traditional steins are still used, today they are far outnumbered by the modern glass cousins.
It is too bad we were not around to experience Octoberfest – hopefully we will get there one year!
What was your favourite beer experience in Munich? Have you made it to Octoberfest?