Spaten is one of Munich's six major beer brands. Its beer brewing history dates back to 1397 when a brewer named Hans Welser set up a brewery in central Munich, originally named Welser Prew.
The ownership of the once tiny brewery changed hands many times until 1807 when the Royal Hofbräu brewmaster, Gabriel Sedlmayr, took over the then Munich's smallest brewery, known as 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 the largest brewery in Munich, as was then measured by malt use.
In 1872, Spaten made history by introducing a light-coloured Vienna-style beer at Munich's Oktoberfest. The Märzenbier beer was introduced 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 Oktoberbier, 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) conglomerate.
Spaten brands include Spaten Münchner Hell, Spaten Oktoberfestbier and Spaten Pils. Spaten beer can be found in the following beer gardens:
- Franziskaner Garten
- Gasthaus Siebenbrunn
- Gasthof Feringasee
- Kugler Alm
- Landgasthof Langwied
- Sankt Emmeramsmühle
- Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe
- Wirtshaus Zamdorfer
At the Oktoberfest, Spaten is sold in Schottenhamel, Ochsenbraterei, Hippodrom and Glöcke Wirt