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The ownership of the brewery in Munich changed hands many times until 1807 when the Royal royal Hofbräu brewmaster, Gabriel Sedlmayr, took over what was then Munich's smallest brewery named Spatenbräu.
The still today used logo with a spade symbolising a malt shovel bears his initials. Sedlmayr's sons continue to run the business and in 1867 Spaten becomes became the largest brewery in Munich, as was then measured by malt use.
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In 1872, Spaten made history by introducing a light-coloured Vienna-style beer at Munich's Oktoberfest. The Märzenbier beer which was introduced sold in the Schottenhamel Festzelt and became an instant success as other beer supplies ran out. The Märzenbier was originally permitted to be brewed only between ?? September and ?? April and had to be stored in ice cellars until the Oktoberfest event. Märzenbier, also known as OktoberbierOktoberfestbier, is a slightly stronger than usual Helles (lager).
In 1922 , Spaten and , Franziskaner and Löwenbräu unified into one company. In 1972 , the group issued public stock for the first time. Through mergers and acquisitions that followed the , the German brewery eventually became part of the Belgian-Brazilian Interbrew (Inbew) conglomerategiant.
Spaten brands include Spaten Münchner Hell, Spaten Oktoberfestbier and Spaten Pils.
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At the Oktoberfest, Spaten is sold in Schottenhamel, Ochsenbraterei, Hippodrom and Glöcke Wirt.
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