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Visiting Germany for only a few days (near Munich).. Looking for great beer and lots of it!

Hello all

I am visiting somewhat near Munich later this month (to Bayreuth I believe) and my main priority for my few short days is a night on the town drinking TONS of fine German beer

My question to you , where is the most famous bar (brauhaus is it called?) that I should visit while I'm here? If there's more than one we'll taxi around to them! I want to visit any must-see locations for lots of great beer and a fun night night or two out on the town

Looking forward to 18 beers or so, per night, that is ;)

Writing this post has made me thirsty, gotta go!

Cheers :)

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  1. Just keep in mind, 18 Munich beers is at minimum 9 litres!

    If you mean the Hofbrauhaus -- it is close to the center between Maximillianstrasse and Marienplatz. Just ask any Munich resident who passes by, we develop triangulation sensors within our first year to be able to point it out to tourists no matter where in town we are asked. If the weather is nice you should also try some biergartens, the Chinesischer Turm one in the English Garden is definitely worth a visit. Unfortunately I know nothing about the beer situation in Bayreuth.

    1. Bayreuth is about 150 miles from Munich, but besides the Hofbrau Haus, I really like the beer from the Augustiner brewery. They have a huge restaurant with a beer garden on the Marienplatz. Again, anyone in Munich should be able to point you in the right direction.

      1. In Munich, you should go to the Weisses Braeuhaus. Bayreuth has a number of Brauereien, the most known here is Maisel's. You should understand that there won't be a large number of different types of brews. Maisels does 6 or 7 (some of which are diet and non-alcohol). Also, the beers are usually a half liter or a liter in size, so just remember you'll have to find your way back to your hotel. It's not the variety of the styles that is of interest, but the freshness of the beer. Also, don't sit at a Stammtisch.

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        1. re: ChewFun

          <In Munich, you should go to the Weisses Braeuhaus.>

          Absolutely, that place is great.

          I'd also recommend the Biergarten towards the north in the Englisher Garten, on the lake. Much more pleasant than the Chinesischer Turm, and you can still get your Mass of Sommerbier and a Wurstsalat.

          1. re: ChewFun

            I also put in a MUST for the Weisses Brauhaus. Best food, best beer. Also Andechs am Dom in Munich (or Kloster Andechs itself) for a really great helles. Also the biergarten at the Englisher Garten if you want Hofbrau beer. Actually I like the one at the Chinesischer Turm --nice to have the band.

            Forget the Hofbrauhaus -- way too touristy.

          2. If you get a chance, go down to the Ayinger Brewery. It is a easy train ride. Beautiful beer garden, brewery tour, and award winning restaurant and inn. There is nothing like it! http://www.ayinger.de/

            1. Kloster Andechs.....google it.....you sould enjoy the atmosphere/experience, and most importantly the beer.....Proste!

              1. If you're still around (and on the look for more beers hehehe), would also give these a try: Bräustüberl Tegernsee (even further from Bayreuth, nice excursion to the lake anyways, http://www.braustuberl.de/, my favourite Bavarian brew), Dürnbräu (close to Hofbräuhaus but more authentic), visit to Hofbräuhaus is obvious but expect more tourists than locals, Hofbräukeller (esp the beergarden), Augustiner Keller or Augustinter Bräustuben (or Augustiner in Neuhauser Strasse)...Augustiner is definitely the best Munich brew
                The beergarden at the lake in English Garden (the huge park in Munich) is called Seehaus...both Seehaus and Chinesischer Turm have neat locations, but food and beer are c**p...maybe try Waldwirtschaft, Osterwaldgarten, Menterschwaige, Hirschgarten additionally/instead...

                hope that helps, enjoy and Prost!

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                1. re: hannesmuc

                  In Munich, try Restaurant Donisl directly on the Marienplatz. Great beer, great food.

                2. I realize this may be too late, but Bayreuth is very close to Bamberg which is in my opinion a more interesting beer town than any other in Germany. While known primarily for its Rauchbier (smoked beer) you can get wonderful Kellerbier as well - unfiltered lager that is simply at its best at the source. A good source for beer travel in Europe is Ron Pattinson's european beer guide at:

                  1. For those who come later to this thread, let me put in my vote for the Augustiner in Munich as well. The Hofbrauhaus has become such a touristy place -- all of it except the back upstairs terrace, where the tourists rarely seem to find their way. But the Augustiner seems more a place for the locals, and the food's excellent.

                    (Yeah, strange for an Irish woman to be complaining about the Hofbrauhaus tourists. But by this I mean the too-early-or-late-for-Oktoberfest crowd who are intent on getting noisily drunk in what they incorrectly perceive as a manners-and-consequences-free zone. I do very much like the quieter parts of the HB, those little nooks and crannies upstairs in particular.)

                    Strongly recommend the Haxnbauer as well, only a block away from the HB: its beer is good, its beechwood-grilled schweinshax'n / crunchy pig's knuckles are superior (so are the fish dishes), and that big window behind which they charcoal-grill all those knuckles is your best friend to cuddle up to on a winter night. :)