History of the Andechs Monastery brewery

The brewing art of the Andechs Benedictines is rooted in a centuries-old monastic tradition.

In the past, brewing beer was part of day-to-day household activities just like baking bread. That is particularly true for southern Germany’s rural cultural areas. Beer was brewed for personal consumption or jointly in local “community brewhouses”, some of which persist to this day in Franconia and the Upper Palatinate.

From an economic perspective, a monastery is a large shared household. It was therefore self-evident that monks brewed beer for their own use in the monasteries early on. The seven Benedictines who relocated from Tegernsee to Andechs in 1455, when the monastery was founded, may very well have brought extensive knowledge of the brewing trade with them.

Andechs Monastery Emblem