CONTRIBUTED BY JESSICA
The Hofbrauhaus in Munich is easily one of the most entertaining meals I’ve ever eaten during my time in Germany, and definitely worth a visit- even if you’re just passing through the area.
Before I went for my first time, I asked some locals that I was couch surfing with for a bit of history about the place. In 1959, Duke Wilhelm of Barvaria, who was tired of paying to import beer from elsewhere in Germany, asked his royal court to come up with a cheaper way to get beer that he liked. Their solution – to open a brewery in Munich. The same day that the plan was presented, the Duke set out to hire a brewer to begin planning.
Initially only dark beer (dunkel bier) was served at the brewery, and when Wilhelm’s son took over he insisted on a new wheat beer recipe. At the same time he actually outlawed all locally made wheat beers that weren’t from Hofbrau! This ensured that the Hofbrau beer would be in great demand for sometime; in fact the whole establishment had to be moved to larger accommodations just to keep up with the amount of beer they were expected to produce. This move happened in 1697, and the Hofbrauhaus still stands there today. Years later, the building was damaged during an air raid during WWII, and it was one of the first places to be completely rebuilt after the war was over.
Today the Hofbrauhaus is teeming with energy, and we could tell it was going to be a great experience from the moment we walked in the front door. There is a sign above the entrance that reads “Thirst is worse than homesickness”. Lining the walls we noticed beer steins in locked cabinets, and many “stammtisch” tables; our hosts explained that they were all for local regulars. There was an oompah band playing music and none of the tables were private; at each long table were multiple groups and families all sharing the same space.
We sat down and ordered some sauerkraut and brats from a waitress dressed in a dirndl (traditional German dress). We also ordered all different types of beer; myself a wheat beer, my husband a dunkel beer, and my hosts Maibock and the Helles (light beer). The waitress was definitely showing off her “Bavarian Charm”, which is to say, no charm at all, but the food and drinks came quickly and everything was amazing – definitely some of the best German food I’ve had. We sampled each other’s beers, and I definitely recommend the Helles beer, and my husband loved the Dunkel. The atmosphere was amazing, and during the day it was definitely kid-friendly. The restaurant itself was quite loud, though it didn’t put us off the experience.
We left after spending well over an hour enjoying the atmosphere, and when we left we wandered around the downtown area for a while walking off our meal. I was so happy our hosts had planned a visit there for us, and I can’t wait to bring my family back when they come for a visit.
Tips for Your Trip:
Platzl 9, 80331
Munich, Bavaria, Germany