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Place Category: Breweries
1328. This number does not adorn the emblem of the Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG for no reason: in 1328 the Augustinian monks began to brew beer in their Augustinian monastery near the cathedral in Munich. For nearly 500 years, the friars brewed their Augustinian beer directly in the monastery – and sold it in the monastery tavern, which is popular with the people of Munich. In recognition of the extraordinary quality of the Augustinian beer, the sovereign liberated the monastery brewery from all taxes. Of course, the tax exemption is a thing of the past. Also, Augustiner beer is no longer brewed by monks in the Order’s cap, but by our experienced master brewers with selected raw materials from the region. And that happened like this:
1803 took over the state in the course of secularization, the Augustinian monastery. The monastery’s own brewery was privatized and relocated in 1817 due to dilapidation of the monastery in the nearby Neuhauser road. In 1829, the brewer Antoninger Wagner from Freising acquired the company, which since then has been a bourgeois private brewery. His son, Josef Wagner, built a modern new building on Landsberger Strasse, on the outskirts of the city, into which the brewery moved in 1885. Here we brew until today.
The former brewery in Neuhauser Strasse is still all about the Augustiner beer. In 1896, the well-known Munich architect Emanuel von Seidl transformed the former brewery – our current headquarters “Zum Augustiner” – into a restaurant with a beer hall.
Our brewery building on Landsberger Strasse was severely damaged during the Second World War and rebuilt on the old model. Today, the facade of the distinctive elongated brick building is a listed building.
With considerable investments, we have repeatedly expanded the capacity of our brewery and brought the production up to the state of the art. We attach great importance to our draft beer in traditional wooden barrels, which enjoys the special care of our master brewers. We win our outstanding brewing water from our own well from 230 meters depth.
In our historic Tennenmälzerei on the brewery site we produce malt of special quality. The germinating barley is laid out in large rooms – 40 meters long and ten meters wide – in a thin layer on a special limestone floor and turned every eight hours. Although our traditional method of aging requires a lot of space and time, but the malt has room to breathe – and you can taste it too!
During its changing history, the Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG experienced wars, privatization and many extensions and innovations – and always kept its corporate philosophy: We are concerned with the outstanding quality of our beer, our tradition and our Munich roots. Our economies and beer gardens – including the Augustiner Keller and the Hirschgarten – are sites Altmünchner sociability and coziness. Our Augustiner beer has become a piece of Munich culture during the past seven centuries. And we are very happy about that.
Last modified: June 11, 2018
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