Thankfully my entire time in Deutschland over the summer wasn’t all work. I actually got a few days off here and there then finally things worked out and Sarah was able to come visit. She did an amazing job planning a 10 day trip for the both of us to visit several great places in Germany; mostly southern. While staying in Munich for three days she surprised me by planning a guided tour of Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising; just north of the city.
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan or Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan is the oldest continually operating brewery in the world; since 1040. The brewery is in fact owned by the State of Bavaria and has been since 1923. Along the brewery is the Technical University of Munich; where many brewers go to learn the art and science of zymology. Many wind up being brewer assistants eventually leaving to brew elsewhere or opening a brewery.
Sarah originally planned on us taking a 10am English guided tour on a Monday, but this tour was booked so she planned a 1pm German guided tour. She was ensured all the guides speak both languages. Once our tour group started to arrive and assemble (we were first; imagine that) we learned that there were other English speakers and even Americans in the group. As tour time got closer we were pleasantly surprised that they arranged to have a smaller tour just for us; nine people total. The other group was a large 30 something tour.
Our tour guide was a great kid and explained a lot for all the questions. I stumped him a few times asking about English measurements but thankfully I could convert his Metric measurements. He’s working on his PhD and doing his dissertation on turbidity in water and bier. The tours are described as ending with two samples of their beers. Our group however had four samples and they were all great beers! He did a great job showing everyone how to view, smell, taste and enjoy their beer; just like a judge would. If you are ever in Munich you should do yourself justice and make the trip. It’s less than an hour by car and right at an hour by train.