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'''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 small brewery in central Munich, originally named Welser Prew.'''
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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 the brewery which had by then changed name to Spatenbräu. At this time it was then Munich's smallest brewery named Spatenbräu. 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.
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[[File:Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe 007.jpg|600px]]
In 1872, Spaten made history by introducing an amber coloured Vienna style beer at Munich's Oktoberfest, named Märzenbier. The [[File:Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe 007Märzenbier]] became an instant success when it was first sold in the Schottenhamel Festzelt as the usual beer had sold out.jpg|600pxThe popular Märzenbier became known as [[Oktoberfestbier]]and eventually changed to the pale golden and slightly stronger Helles (lager) which is still today sold during the Oktoberfest.
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)[[File:Siebenbrunn 019.jpg|600px]]
In 1922 , Spaten and [[Franziskaner and Löwenbräu ]] unified into one company, named Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu AG. In 1972 , the group company issued public stock for the first time. Through mergers In 1997 Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu and acquisitions that followed [[Löwenbräu]] merged. In 2004 the group became part of Interbrew, the German brewery eventually became part subsidiary of the Belgian-Brazilian Interbrew (Inbew) conglomeratebrewery [ InBev] which by volume is the world's largest beer producer.
Spaten brands include Spaten Münchner Hell, Spaten Oktoberfestbier and Spaten Pils.
<!--[[File:Franziskaner Garten 014.jpg|600px]][[File:Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe 008.jpg|600px]]-->Spaten beer can be found is available in the following beer gardens:
* [[Franziskaner Garten]]
* [[Gasthaus Siebenbrunn]]
* [[Gasthof Feringasee]]
* [[Hirschau]]
* [[Maxhof]]
* [[Sankt Emmeramsmühle]]
* [[See-Biergarten Lerchenau]]
* [[Viktualienmarkt]]
* [[Waldwirtschaft Großhesselohe]]
* [[Wirtshaus Zamdorfer]]
At the Oktoberfest, Spaten is sold in [ Schottenhamel], [ Ochsenbraterei], [ Hippodrom ] and [ Glöcke Wirt]. 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 []. Further information at [] (in German language). [[File:Spaten 002.jpg|600px]] Alternatively, a tour can be arranged via the Munich beer tour company ''Sightseeing Biertour München''. Phone +49-(0)89 / 55 07 9000 or email []. Further information at []. == Contact information == '''Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH'''<br>Marsstrasse 46-48<br>80335 Munich<br>Germany<br> Tel: +49 (0)89 52 00-22 45<br>Website: / []
== Additional information ==
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* [[Spaten Brewery history]]
* [[Spaten Brewery history]]
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