What is the oldest claimed functional brewery in the world?
Weihenstephan Abbey was a Benedictine monastery in Weihenstephan, now part of Freising district, in Bavaria, Germany and it has been claimed as being the world’s oldest brewery. The brewery can trace its roots at the abbey to 768, as a document from that year refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery.
A brewery was licensed by the City of Freising in 1040, and that is the founding date claimed by the modern brewery. Since 1923, the brewery has been known as the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstaphan and is operated in conjunction with the Technical University of Munich as both a state-of-the-art production facility and a center for learning.
The brewery currently produces a range of pale lagers and wheat beers including the Weihenstephaner Weissbier, which is offered in both filtered and unfiltered versions. The strongest beer the brewery produces is the Infinium at 10.5% alcohol.
Originally published in our Craft Beer Club's Micro Brew News, Flying Fish Brewing Company edition featured in 2014.