Known for its high-quality brews, strong barley and flavorful hops, Germany’s age-old tradition of beer-making has been celebrated for centuries. Thanks to this rich history, travelers to this European country can venture to its landmark breweries and sample the best of the brews on tap. Here are a few spots to add to your list.
This Heidelberg brewery offers a one-hour guided tour by local brewmasters that includes unlimited tastings of three beers, traditional German soft pretzels and plenty of stories about this iconic destination. The brewery attracts as many locals as it does travelers.
Riegele Brewery is a long-time landmark in Augsburg, having brewed some of the area’s most prized beers since 1386. Although known for its small batches and craft beers, what brings travelers to this popular spot is the stunning beer garden, where large wooden tables are lined up under sunny skies in spring, perfect for sampling from frosty mugs.
The original Münster brewery, this historic site is known for producing the first-ever organic brew and celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2016. During a visit, travelers can sample popular varieties like the organic Ur-Pils, organic Munster Alt and the summer favorite, organic Hefeweizen.
Named after Francis of Paola, this historic Munich brewery has been crafting brews from barley and hops since 1634. Ranked among the top 20 breweries in Germany, Paulaner is one of just six suppliers to the iconic Oktoberfest, which means travelers who miss the main event can still get a taste of Oktoberfest by stopping in at this iconic brewery.