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by Red Mezz
Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
September 23, 2006
Two nights ago in a pub in Edinburgh's new town, while sitting with three friends, the topic of world wide beers came up, (as is often the case when you are sitting around a table full of local beer with an American, a Scot, an Englishman and an Australian.) And, as is also often the case, eventually the subject turned to beers of Germany. The conversation ranged as it usually does, from imported beers, to the ones we all remembered from our time there and whether or not it lived up to the hype. But for me, the beer I remember from Germany is all wrapped up into one big experience, and that experience was the Hofbrauhaus.
Several of the people I made this particular trip to Germany with were still not legal to drink in the United States, which lent the idea of arriving in Germany a certain amount of excitement before the beer was even tasted, but even so the night spent (or actually, the several nights) at the Hofbrauhaus shaped forever the way I would think of a good night out. If you’re looking for good solid German beer, and the uproarious atmosphere to go with it, then you need look no further.
The Hofbrauhaus was founded in 1589 and it still retains much of the same style and integrity to remind you of when it was founded. Not only it is now a world famous bar and restaurant experience, but is also one of Munich’s greatest tourist attractions. This place isn't just good, it's fantastic. We came into the duskily lit, but open plan space of the 'haus and sat at a large picnic style table in the back across from a large and very loud group of German footballers, an equally large and loud group of Australians, and a thoroughly and happily inebriated table of monks. You can not beat the atmosphere here, and the beer is something really special, too. The flavour is deeply rich and is unlike any beer I've ever had anywhere else.
It’s well situated, just behind the Marienplatz and looks the part as well. The waitresses are all in traditional German attire, happily bringing you giant, over-sized beer. They serve traditional food as well which makes for an over all fantastic experience.
My friends and I spent our last night in Germany, all having an large beer or two amongst other fun loving travellers and Germans and I remember that night as one of the very best moments of my entire time in Europe. Of all the things to do in Munich, this is one that should really not be missed. Be sure to stop in if at all possible.
From journal Driving to Munich, the Fairytale Heart of Bavaria
by Ed Hahn
Hong Kong, China
February 9, 2006
From journal Melancholy Munich
May 7, 2004
From journal Backpacking in Munich
February 8, 2003
From journal Bavarian Dreams
August 16, 2002
I liked the outdoor garden area best, but in all honesty I did not like the Hofbrauhaus. It was loud and the service was not very good. We had dinner there one evening and after moving twice to accomodate a large group it seemed our waiter lost us. We waited and waited for him to bring our dinner and then waited another etenity for him to bring the check. The food was only so-so - but then I didn't care for German food that much. It is fun to see the waiters carry 5 huge mugs of beer in each hand, though.
Most people go to the Hofbrauhaus for the drinking so if that's your thing then make sure you stop by - it's world famous and the beer, I'm told, is excellent. the giant pretzels being hawked by the waitresses looked good too.
From journal Mad Kings, Munich and Mozart
San Clemente, California
July 14, 2000
From journal Oktoberfest: Notes on Invading Germany