Bavarian Brewery Tours

September 22, 2014
Food, Travel

bavarian brewery tours
Ever since our last trip to Munich, my husband has been in love with German beer. Leave it to German beer to turn a non-drinker into a habitual beer-a-day drinker. So it only made sense, as I plan our next trip to the Bavarian capital, to consider some brewery tours. I wanted to share a list I’ve put together of some of the Bavarian brewery tours that I’ve found. Prost!

It should be noted, the information below is based on the information provided by each brewery on its website. Always visit the brewery’s website or contact the brewery to make sure the information is still accurate. If you’re planning on visiting with anyone under 16, be sure to check the brewery tour’s policy; many make note of only being open to visitors who are of the legal German drinking age for beer — 16.

Ayinger

ayinger privatbrauerei
If you’re looking for a brewery tour during this year’s Oktoberfest, then Ayinger is the brewery for you. They’ve got several English language tours scheduled at their location in Aying, just outside of Munich. If you’re looking for a tour outside of these dates, the brewery can be contacted for arrangements but they do offer regular tours.
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Schneider Weisse

schneider-weisse
Schneider Weisse offers individual tours and group tours of their brewery in Kelheim. The tour includes, among other things, a film, a tour through their museum, a guided tour of the brewery and, of course, a tasting — plus a pretzel! Don’t speak German? No problem. While the tour is in German there are English translations available via headsets. The tour costs €8.50 per person.
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Hofbräu München

Hofbräu München
Perhaps no brewery represents Munich or is as synonymous with traditional Munich beer than Hofbräu München. Regardless of whether this is actually true or not, the Hofbräu München offers tours of their traditional Munich brewery so that you can get a little peek behind the scenes. Tours, which are available in either German or English, are by appointment only and cost €10 if you want to include the “snack,” or €6 without.
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Erdinger Weißbräu

erdinger weissbraeu
Erdinger Weißbräu offer tours in German, English and Italian as well as showing a film in German, English, Italian and Spanish. At 3 hours, the brewery’s tour of their Erding plant is a little longer than some of the others and includes a tour of the brewery and a tasting. They even offer a chance to buy a souvenir photo.
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Paulaner

paulaner
Another one of the better known Munich breweries is Paulaner. They’re even the official beer of FC Bayern München. Twice daily the brewery does hour and a half long tours of their facility. The tour includes a film and a snack and a drink. Clearly the Paulaner brand is popular because, upon request, the tour can be completed in English, Italian, Spanish, French, Chinese and Russian.
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Spaten Brauerei, Löwenbräu, Franziskaner Weissbier

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Spaten Brauerei, Löwenbräu, Franziskaner Weissbier are all part of the Anheuser-Busch InBev company. As such, there is a single tour for these Munich-based brands. Unfortunately, the tours are only done in German. If the language barrier isn’t a problem for you, they offer tours on the first Friday of every month and on every Saturday.
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The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan

The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan
Weihenstephan is the world’s oldest brewery — if that doesn’t make it worth a visit for a tour, I don’t know what does. They offer two different tours which take place Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Both offer a guided brewery tour and a voucher for the beverage shop. But, for an additional cost, you can extend the tour from an hour to two hours and take part in a beer tasting session.
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Bavarian Brewery Tours

Since I don’t drink, I’m “forced” to judge beer by its artwork but I’d gladly visit each of these Bavarian brewery tours. In particular, I have to admit a special itch to visit Ayinger. They’ve got a biergarten and hotel, a sort of rustic Bavarian luxury, that looks incredible.

So let me know: Do you have a favorite Bavarian beer? Which Bavarian brewery tours most interest you?

The top photo, of Schloss Nymphenburg, is mine. All other photos are from the website of the respective brewery.