In the beer scene, Weihenstephan is one of the most famous places in Germany and is considered the cradle of German brewing. According to its own information, the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is the oldest brewery in the world.
It all began in 725, when Corbinian, now holy, founded a Benedictine monastery with twelve of his companions. They chose the Nährberg above Freising for their project. A short time later, the choice of this location turned out to be very clever: not only did the region provide the finest grain for the monastery's brewing business, hops could also be purchased nearby. A hop garden not far from the Nährberg supplied the monks with regional green gold. The monastery brewery was officially launched in 1040, when Abbot Arnold received the official right to brew and serve beer from the city of Freising. We assume that brewing took place long before that, but this date marked the point at which the beer was allowed to be sold. A turbulent time began: fires, wars, famines and epidemics raged through the lands and resulted in repeated destruction and reconstruction. Secularization followed in the 19th century and heralded the end of the monastery, but even this drastic measure could not bring the brewery to its knees. It became state property and continued to operate under this management. For just over 100 years, the brewery has had its current name, which is synonymous with excellent beer across the planet.
Today, Weihenstephan is known not only for its good beer but also for its good school: young men and women from all over the world flock to Freising to learn the craft of brewing. Being at the center of this vibrant educational hub certainly has a positive impact on the brewery. While the craft is based on thousands of years of experience, the brewing system is state-of-the-art, hops and malt from farmers in the immediate area form a solid basis, and the brewery's own are stored in the cellar of the brewery as well as in the Technical University Yeast strains and the never-ending stream of inquisitive interns bring a breath of fresh air into the brewhouse. In addition to producing excellent beer, the brewery is also committed to protecting the environment. Sustainability, CO2 neutrality, state-of-the-art technology and regionality are concerns that are pursued day after day with passion and a sense of duty. The beer produced in this admirable manner is traditional and tasty. One of the brewery's passions is strong wheat beers, but thanks to intensive research, the team also has excellent knowledge of non-alcoholic brews.