Oktoberfest is the most beer-focused celebration in the world. And any beer fan would have to know that monks are really keen on brewing this foamy delight. There’s a reason why Trappist beer is a big thing around the world. In Germany, only three monastery breweries still remain. But what luck – all of them are located in Bavaria, same as Oktoberfest! So here are the three monastery breweries any Oktoberfest attendee should visit to taste beer rich in history.
- Kloster Brauerei Scheyern
This brewery is located in Kloster Sheyern (Scheyern Abbey) – a shock, I know. The Benedictine brothers – there’s a dozen of them now – live by the motto “pray and work and read.” They also hold a relic of the Holy Cross.They still find time to brew beers, though!
Kloster Brauerei Scheyern was refurbished and reopened in 2006. About a dozen types of beer are brewed there. Bock, light, dark, wheat – the variety is great. Besides, who wouldn’t want to get some Christmas beer brewed in a monastery brewery? It’s really special, too: the manufacturing of the drink follows the Bavarian purity code, and only local well water, domestic hops and malt from the same region are used.
- Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Andechs Abbey is located on a scenic hill and is well known for its church (Wikipedia deems it “flamboyant”) and it’s brewery. Yep, it’s those Benedictines, once again looking over a pilgrimage site and brewing beer.
100,000 hectolitres of beer are brewed in Klosterbrauerei Andechs every year, and they come in many varieties. Dunkels and bocks are almost unavoidable as beers go, so you will find them in Andechs, too. Their ‘Doppelbock Dunkel’ is as dark as it is flavorful. The monks even make alcohol free beer if you literally just want to have a taste!
- Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Weltenburg Abbey is super old – it was founded all the way back in 600 AD. In fact, it’s the oldest monastery in Bavaria and it was established by the monks of what is called the Hibberno-Scottish mission. The brewery has been in continuous operation since 1050, and calls itself the oldest monastic brewery in the world. Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan likes to contest this claim, insisting that it’s the oldest, since it was supposedly founded in 1040.
Minor controversies that are probably unheard of outside of Bavaria aside, Weltenburg brews some amazing beer. Weltenburger Kloster Barock Dunkel was declared the best Dunkel beer in the world several times: it was awarded the World Beer Cup award in 2004, 2008 and 2012. You can’t really argue with such high pedigree of beer making!
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