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In summer in particular, Germans like to congregate in beer gardens. Under a chestnut tree, you can always enjoy your cold beer and a snack you brought with some nice people...
Beer gardens developed in the 19th century. The higher risk of fire meant brewing was only allowed in winter. And to keep it cool all year long, the beer was then stored in cellars. The chestnut trees were planted to reduce the average temperatures. Soon, brewers found out that with benches beneath the trees, the whole thing was very gemütlich...
Before WWII, being a regular at a regulars’ table - playing cards, discussing politics and philosophy - even meant belonging to a high social stratum. Such regulars were doctors, mayors and pharmacists. Today, this is different. It’s all about friendship and conviviality (and, some say, populist diatribes).
A beer tent is fairly large and used at funfairs, say, or other such events for catering purposes. Some larger tents will even feature a wooden structure and separate toilets.
The biggest such tent can, of course, be found at the Oktoberfest. It accommodates 8,450 people and is called “Winzerer Fähndl“.
A rather funny feature in beer tents is that it may rain in there. The reason is condensed moisture up on the ceiling.
If you don’t want to embarrass yourself in a beer tent, read the Conviviality section and find out about the games played there.
The Oktoberfest in Munich, or “auf den Wiesn” (Theresienwiese), is the largest funfair anywhere. It was founded in 1810 and is visited by about 6 million people each and every year. But how did the first Oktoberfest come about?
It all started in 1810 on the occasion of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Theresa's wedding in Munich. On October 17, a horse race was to be held, which is why the large Theresienwiese was chosen. This is now deemed the beginning of it all.
The little sibling of the Münchener Wiesn is the Mannheimer Oktoberfest, which in terms of party feeling is in no way inferior. On the contrary: the people in Mannheim are even more enthusiastic and stand on their benches from the very beginning. But it is still all about quality as well.
This year, the tent has 24 tables less than last year and they all stand alone, so it’s much easier to take your seat and feel good and waiters have more space to navigate the tables too. With well-known Bavarian bands and an experienced team, we look forward to the Oktoberfest 2016 in Mannheim.
Eichbaum beer’s exceptional quality cannot only be told by its taste but also by its certificates. The Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft e.V. (German Agricultural Society) DLG) is one of the most important food-rating organisations, whose beer tests attest to Eichbaum’s quality and its corporate culture. And the International Food Standard (IFS) annually confirms.
Most important in brewing is the combination of tradition and technology. After all, beer has been produced from four ingredients in accordance with the German Purity Law for five centuries now: malt, hops, yeasts and water. The balance between traditional brewing and state-of-the art technology makes Eichbaum brew beer that is not only unique but also of top quality – a real market leader...
Eichbaum was founded in 1679 as a small brewpub, and while the exact location changed, its domicile has always been Mannheim. Its traditional art of brewing in accordance with the German Purity Law dated 1516 guarantees Eichbaum beers’ top quality – since 1679.
Experience more than 335 years of brewing live! See how crystal-clear water and select regional ingredients are turned into prize-winning Eichbaum beer specialities. And conclude the 3h-tour with a nice little snack and two of your favourite beers from our historic cellar. Or check it out here and now on a virtual tour.