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2012 sees the 200th anniversary of the ruling which allowed brewers to sell beer and food for consumption in a beer garden from June until September.

In the days before refrigeration, in order to keep the beer in the cellars cool, the brewers planted chestnut and linden trees in the gardens around the brewery and laid a thick layer of gravel on the ground.

After buying their beer from the brewers, many guests enjoyed relaxing in these areas under the trees and began consuming their beer immediately rather than taking it home. Thus, King Max I granted official permission for the brewers to sell beer and food that could be consumed on the premises and the beer garden was born.

The beer garden tradition is still as popular as ever and an essential part of Munich life. On warm sunny days, Bavarians pack their baskets and head off to their favourite beer garden. Here you will find young and old, locals and tourists, football fans and families all enjoying the "Gemutlichkeit".

There are many events planned to mark this 200 year milestone including:

5th May -

Annual raising of the Maibaum in Viktualienmarkt*

23rd June -

Brauertag (Brewers Day); parade through the city of the brewers agons, horses, families, newly qualified brewers with dancing, music and Schaefflertanz in Viktualienmarkt.*

21st and 22nd July -

Beer Garden Weekend; many beer gardens throughout the city will be hosting events this weekend - here are a few-

Aumeister - bands, schuhplattler dancing, whip cracking display, dancing and family fun (good weather only)

Augustiner Keller - Historical anniversary with coopers, whip cracking and music

9th Hofbraeu Dult - brewery festival, brewery tours, market stalls and free all day entertainment www.hofbraeu-muenchen.de

20th April to 1st September-

A special exhibition at the Bier and Oktoberfest Museum

www.bier-und-oktoberfestmuseum.de

* more details in "Sun, Steins and Steckerlfisch"

For more details on over 125 of Munich's beer gardens including favourite beer garden foods, what is essential for a picnic basket, play areas and much more

see our guide "Sun, Steins and Steckerlfisch"

200 Years of Beer Gardens Celebrations

To commemorate 200 years of the Beer Garden order there is a special weekend on 21st and 22nd July with many events planned. In addition many of the beer gardens have their own events planned for this weekend or at other times to commemorate this milestone.

Here are a few:

Augustiner Keller

An historical anniversary with coopers and whip cracking, music and food.

Aumeister

Bands, Schuhplattler dancing, whip cracking and family entertainment.

Asam Schlössl

A special Jubiläums beer from the Augustiner brewery on sale in August for 5 euros a litre.

Chinesischer Türm

On 8th July there will be music and dancing, Alpen horns, and Schuhplattler dancing.

Franziskaner Garten

A grand Jubilee on 21 and 22 July, a Mass will cost 4 euros, Hendl 4 euros and a large Breze 2 euros.

Bruckenfischer

Special prices for the jubilee weekend

Gut Keferloh

Live music and entertainment

Gasthof Hinterbrühl

Happy hour Monday to Friday 3pm to 6pm a Mass of Helles or alcohol free drink will cost 4.99 euros, a Mass of Radler or Russ’n 5.50 euros.

Grünwalder Einkehr

A Lampionfest (Lamp festival) but final details not yet confirmed

Heide Volm

Bee will served “vom Fass” on Sundays during summer

Hofbräuhaus

An action packed weekend on the 21st and 22nd July

Hofbräukeller

On 28th July a “Grosse Sommerfest “ with a children’s entertainment programme, live music, food and a special Trachten fashion show from 2pm

Dicker Mann

Every Monday Spare Ribs with Pommes for 9.99 euros

Hirschgarten

Live Blasmusik every Friday and Sunday evening in July

Löwenbräukeller

Large TV screens showing the Euro football championships

Menterschwaige

Live screening of Euro football games and on 8th July a grand children’s festival with entertainment for the whole family

Osterwald Garten

Seasonal menus and a music programme for the summer

Park Café

Live screening of Euro football games and regular events such as Sunday brunch

Paulaner Nockherberg

Live screening of Euro football games and Lampionfest in July

Prinz-Regent Garten

Special beer prices during summer

Seehaus

Euro football games, daily specials on the menu and a weekly special Wurst menu

Zur Schwaige

Special Krug available, a “King Ludwig” gala dinner and under 12’s eat free on Saturdays

Tassilogarten

Bier Trinken!

Waldgasthof Buchenhain

Live music on 7th July and 4th August

Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselhohe

A summer festival on 23rd and 24 June as well as regular entertainment programme

Weissenfelder

New beer specialties

Leiberheim

On 22nd July the raising of the Maibaum with music and dancing

Wirtshaus zum Isartal

Live music ranging from Bavarian to Jazz

Zum Flaucher

A whole ox will be roasted on the grill and there will be traditional beer garden festival entertainment with music and Schuhplattler dancing

* Please note all subject to change, please check locally

June 2012: I have had an article published in the Daily Telegraph about Munich Beer Garden's and it is now available online - click here
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