6 German Beer Breweries You Can Tour

July 6, 2016
Food, Travel

German beer steinkrug

There are plenty of things — you might call them stereotypes — that Germany are famous for. From precision engineered cars that race down highways with no speed limits, to pretzels the size of your head. The list is rather lengthy. But beer just might be the country’s most famous product. The ingredients in German beer are closely regulated by the Reinheitsgebot, which ensures high quality beer. And while Bavaria is arguably the center of the German brewery world, the rest of the country has more than a few brands to boast of.

Many of Germany’s beer breweries offer tours.  Regardless of whether you’re a beer connoisseur or just curious by nature, take note. These special tours often include guided walks through the production line, insight in to the brand and brewery, and even tastings! Previously, I highlighted Bavarian beer breweries that offer tours. Now here’s a follow up with German beer breweries around the rest of the country.

beck's brewery tour

Beck’s

There are some beers that aren’t well known outside of Germany. Beck’s is not one of those beer brands. Owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Beck’s is based in the northern city of Bremen. Beck’s has a special visitors center set up to provide a sneak peek into their special brew. Tours are two hours long and are offered six days of the week for a fee that includes a tasting. They offer tours in German or in English.

Feeling like splurging? They also offer “exclusive” brewery tours but you’ll have to reach deeper into your pockets for that!
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jever beer brewery tour

Jever

Right along Germany’s northwestern coast along the North Sea, Jever isn’t just the capital of Friesland in Lower Saxony. Jever is also a major beer brand founded in 1848. Today, beer enthusiasts can visit the brand’s brewery for a German language-only tour and see where they fill 60,000 bottles per hour!
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karlsberg German beer

Karlsberg

Don’t confuse Karlsberg with Denmark’s Carlsberg. The German Karlsberg is based in Homburg, Saarland near the French border. Karlsberg’s Bier-Gefühl or Beer Feeling offers tours of the brewery’s various building, a film about Karlsberg’s history and brewing process as well as refreshments.
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andechs brewery German beer

Andechs

Hipsters might be brewing craft beer now but back in the day it was monks. Today, pilgrims and beer lovers (and pilgrims who are beer lovers) make the journey to Andechs Monastery. Located just under an hour from Munich, the brewery was founded by the Benedictine monks of St. Boniface over a century ago. Visitors can take guided tours of the brewery, participate in a beer tastings at their historic location as well as take a guided tour of the church on site. The monastery even offers overnight accommodations for those really looking to embrace the experience.
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Radeberger German beer

Radeberger

Just outside of Dresden, Germany is Radeberg. The town is home to Radeberger, one of Germany’s ten best selling breweries. Visitors to the brewery can take a two hour-long tour in German or English. The brewery also offers a beer seminar. German-speaking visitors during the winter holidays can even take a special Advent tour.
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warsteiner German beer

Warsteiner

East of Dortmund is Warsteiner World (or Warsteiner Welt), a location dedicated to Warsteiner beer. There visitors can tour the Warsteiner Brewery with a guide in German, English or Dutch. Additionally, the brewery also runs a small 18-room 3-star hotel next to Warsteiner World.
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Have you ever toured a German beer brewery? What’s your favorite German beer? Share in the comments!

All photos are from the respective brewery.