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The ownership of the
then Munich 's smallest brewery changed hands many times until 1807 when the Royal Hofbräu brewmaster, Gabriel Sedlmayr, took over the brewery which had by then changed named to 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.