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The Hofbrauhaus was founded in 1589 by Duke of Bavaria, Wilhelm V. It is one of Munich's oldest beer halls. It was originally founded as the brewery to the old Royal Residence.


The beer quickly became popular thanks to the first brewer, Heimeran

Pongratz, and the famous Bavarian Beer Purity Law.


In fact, the beer became so famous that it once saved the city from

annihilation. When King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden invaded Bavaria

during the Thirty Years war in 1632 he threatened to sack and burn the

entire city of Munich. That would not have been good. Thankfully he

agreed to leave the city in peace if the citizens surrendered some hostages,

and 600,000 barrels of Hofbrauhaus beer!        


My mother worked at the Hofbrauhaus in the kitchen from 1954-60. I still

have a menu, which I keep framed in my living room.

                     ...Bayerisches Lüngerl mit Knödel = .90 Pfennig


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