If you love beer, autumn is the season to be in Munich, which hosts world-famous Oktoberfest, an annual beer festival, during September-October. The city boasts more than 150 biergartens that remain open from April to October. The largest and the oldest beer gardens are within the city limits. Taste a Bavarian beer in one of the traditional beer gardens, as month of October is coming to a close. But what is a beer garden? A true beer garden dotted with chestnut trees serves handcrafted Bavarian beer in beer mugs and uses wooden tables instead of modern plastic tables and umbrellas.
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Since ages German brewers have been storing beer barrels in cellars covered with chestnut trees to keep it cool. Initially, they were allowed to sell the spirit only in these gardens. So people brought their own food to consume with fresh beer. They also carried cutlery. Socializing with strangers and friends over fresh strong Bavarian beer in the garden became a norm. Although now-a-days beer gardens also serve food, many beer lovers still follow the old tradition and carry a basket stuffed with horseradish, cucumbers, breads, sausages, ham, grapes and Obatzda, a cheese dish.
Augustiner Keller in Arnulfstraße is one of the oldest and the most beautiful beer gardens of the city. You can relax under shady chestnut trees, sip fresh Augustiner Edelstoff directly from the wooden barrels and savor yummy food. The beer has low amount of carbon dioxide, so it is light. The garden boasts one hundred chestnut trees and 5,000 seats. The garden still follows the tradition of sounding a bell when a new barrel is tapped.
Hirschgarten, the largest Bavarian beer garden situated near the Royal Deer Garden, can seat 8,000 guests. It serves King Ludwig, Augustiner and Brauhaus Tegernsee beers. You can drink the beer directly from barrels. Auszogne homemade cakes, ice creams, fresh pretzel, grilled chicken, spareribs and roasted pork are sold in its self-service area, but you may carry Radi- sausage salad or bread- to eat with beer.
Aumeister, a waterhole that was frequented by royalty, is located near the English Garden. The beer garden, set in serene landscape, serves Mediterranean and Bavarian delicacies and cold beer, including Hofbräuhaus. The garden, featuring chestnut trees, has a children’s playground also.
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