Of the six Munich breweries that are allowed to operate at Oktoberfest, Augustiner is the oldest. In commemoration of this, the Augustiner Festhalle is the only Oktoberfest beer tent that still serves its beer from traditional wooden kegs.
The Augustiner brewery was founded in 1328 by the Augustinian monks who began brewing the stuff in their monastery near the center of Munich. Thirteen twenty-eight! These monks brewed their beer at their monastery and sold it in the monastery tavern for almost 500 years — now it’s sold to us, 8,000 at a time, inside a larger-than-life Oktoberfest beer tent. The “JW” in the Augustiner logo are the initials of former Augustiner manager Joseph Wagner who was also a founding member of the Bavarian Beer Alliance–the club we all wish we were members of.
The Augustiner Festhalle was added to the Oktoberfest roster in 1903 when the people in charge (we’re guessing they weren’t monks) built a large structure in the style of a castle complete with its own massive Augustiner tower. The beer tent you can experience today is still built in the same style as the original.
Today, the Augustiner Festhalle is also known as the “friendliest” of all beer tents—with a staff that never stops smiling (but like not in a creepy way), and a couple of family days throughout the event. During these “family days”, beer and food prices are lowered soooo maybe pretend like you’re a parent for the day? We bet you’ve never heard that piece of Oktoberfest advice before.
With room for around 8500 people, the Augustiner tent is one of the biggest. They serve, well, Augustiner beer, obviously, and a large menu of traditional Bavarian food.
Capacity: Inside: 6000, outside: 2500, total: 8500
Proprietors: Manfred and Thomas Vollmer
It’s time to stop reading about Oktoberfest beer tents and get yourself inside one! Check out our upcoming Oktoberfest tours here and get your planning on.
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