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 brewery changed hands many times until 1807 when the royal Hofbräu brewmaster, Gabriel Sedlmayr, took over the brewery which had by then changed name to Spatenbräu. At the time it was Munich's smallest brewery. The still today used logo with a spade symbolising a malt shovel bears Gabriel Sedlmayr's initials. Sedlmayr's sons continued to run the business and in 1867 Spaten became the largest brewery in Munich, as then measured by malt use.
In 1872, Spaten made history by introducing an amber coloured Vienna style beer at Munich's Oktoberfest, named Märzenbier. The Märzenbier was first sold in the Schottenhamel Festzelt when the normal beer had ran out of supply and so it became an instant success. The Märzenbier, became known as Oktoberfestbier and changed to the pale golden and slightly stronger Helles (lager) which is still sold during the Oktoberfest. The Märzenbier was originally permitted to be brewed only between St. Michael's Day (29th September) and St. Georg's Day (23rd April) and had to be stored in ice cellars until the Oktoberfest.
In 1922, Spaten, Franziskaner and Löwenbräu unified into one company. In 1972, the company issued public stock for the first time. Through mergers and acquisitions that followed, the German brewery eventually became part of the Belgian-Brazilian Interbrew giant.
Spaten brands include Spaten Münchner Hell, Spaten Oktoberfestbier and Spaten Pils.
Spaten beer is available in the following beer gardens:
- Franziskaner Garten
- Gasthaus Siebenbrunn
- Gasthof Feringasee
- Kugler Alm
- Landgasthof Langwied
- Sankt Emmeramsmühle
- Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe
- Wirtshaus Zamdorfer
The original Spaten brewery in Munich Germany offers pre-arranged tours of its beer making facilities including beer tasting, catering and a documentary film. For bookings, contact Ms Sabine Basmann via +49-(0)89 / 52 00-22 45 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information at www.abinbev-regional.de/BRAUEREIBESICHTIGUNG/spaten (in German language).
Alternatively, a tour can be arranged via the Munich beer tour company Sightseeing Biertour München. Phone +49-(0)89 / 55 07 9000 or email email@example.com. Further information at www.beertour-munich.com.
Tel: +49 (0)89 52 00-22 45
- Spaten Brewery history