Excursion to the oldest existing brewery in the world in Freising

The ancient and the current Weihenstephan has an interesting and long history. The name itself carries a certain mystery and causes the desire to solve or at least to answer some “Why”. The thing is, Weihenstephan consists of two words that are translated from German – Saint Stefan, that in the name of the brewery sounds not quite clear. Therefore, in order to satisfy Your curiosity, and also to replenish Your inner horizons, go back in the past to the origins of our story.

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    Weihenstephan (Photo: Opopododo / Flickr Creative Commons)
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    Weihenstephan (Photo: Bernt Rostad / Flickr Creative Commons)
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    Weihenstephan (Photo: Bernt Rostad / Flickr Creative Commons)
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    Weihenstephan (Photo: Bernt Rostad / Flickr Creative Commons)
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    Weihenstephan (Photo: Bernt Rostad / Flickr Creative Commons)

The Weihenstephan brewery in Freising

In the northeast of Bavaria, not far from the Munich airport, there is a small town of Freising. In the past it was the capital of Bavaria, where until the present time there is Bavarian Bishop’s residence, and on a nearby hill, on the very spot, where it currently operates a modern brewery Weihenstephan, in the VIII century, approximately 725 year the Church of St. Stephen with several cells of the Bishop surrounding was founded. By 1040 it acquired the dimensions of a Benedictine monastery and in the same year received permission from the Bishop Engelbert Fraizinsky for the official beer brewing and saling.

Of course it was not as smooth as it seems. In medieval times, barbaric and bloodthirsty, numerous destructive and devastating raids, plague, and famine, fully washed monastery from the face of the earth. But the hardworking Benedictine monks again and again stubbornly returned their monastery and brewery, constantly improving their skills in the brewing.

The following years were not as harsh for the existence of the monastery, and some years were even conducive for growth and prosperity. But good times became fatal for the Benedictine monastery: by the nineteenth century, the Benedictine Abbey of St. Stephen ceased to exist, and its famous at that time brewery has acquired the status of Royal Bavarian state brewery Weihenstephan. The building of the monastery was turned into an agricultural school, which in 1895 was renamed into the Academy of agriculture and brewing, and later joined the technical University of Munich.

Modern “Bavarian state brewery Weihenstephen” is one of the leading manufacturers of German beer traditions and the basic principles of brewing were kept for grateful contemporaries.

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Are You a connoisseur or just want to try a real Bavarian beer and to touch the history of its creation? We recommend You book a tour in the oldest brewery in Freising — Weihenstephan. To know the exact price and to book a tour, You can fill in the application below or call us on +49(1766)225-25-26, which is available for free communication apps Viber and WhatsApp.



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