- Established: 1040
The oldest brewery in the world - the year 1040 officially marked the birth of the Weihenstephan Brewery, when Abbot Arnold succeeded in obtaining a license to brew and sell beer from the City of Freising, Germany.
A milestone for the art of brewing began right at the doorsteps of the Weihenstephan Monastery. In 1516 Duke Wilhelm IV of Bavaria issued the Bavarian Beer Purity Law. From then on only barley, hops and water were to be used, thus founding the prestigious reputation of both Bavarian and Weihenstephan beer.
Weihenstephan quickly developed into the world’s brewing
technology center. Hundreds of master brewers have learned their craft at Weihenstephan, and now act as ambassadors, spreading the knowledge and reputation of Weihenstephan throughout the world.
Although it’s acceptable for wine to have the odd mediocre year, beer must always be a consistent high quality. Weihenstephan has established the highest standard of brewing –
‘Premium Bavaricum’, and the beer does not leave the brewery unless it conforms to this standard.
Today Weihenstephan is exported to over 50 countries, continuing its time honored tradition of only providing this standard of ‘Premium Bavaricum’ to beer lovers around the world!