‘By the way’ – under this heading, we have gathered together a selection of background information and stories which we have placed in the relevant sections of our website.
short stories, background information and anekdotes.
It’s not by chance that the beer garden contains wonderful chestnut trees. They were planted so that the shade they provide could cool the ground and prevent the beer in the ice cellar from getting warm. Today, 45 of the over 100 stately trees are subject to protection orders and are listed.
» to the beer garden
The Munich author Siegfried (Sigi) Sommer was usually one of the first regular beer garden customers of the year. You would often see him here in February or March. To prevent his feet getting cold, he used a charcoal heater which he placed under the table. He used to store the charcoal for it behind the chicken stall.
» to the service area in the beer garden
Until 1891, the hall was where the ‘beer ox’ used to do its work. Trotting around in circles, it transported the summer beer stored in the cellar to the surface via ropes and a winding mechanism. During its lifetime, the ox was a highlight for many locals who simply loved to watch it work. And you can understand why after consuming one, two or three litres, it must have become more and more amusing.
» to the Restaurant
The ventilation shafts in the old wine cellars were once used to dry the cellar out during the winter because of the dampness caused by melting ice. Following the frosty period in March, it would then be closed for the summer season. Today, daylight lamps light up the permanently closed shafts and contribute to the creation of a unique atmosphere underneath the brick vaults of the old cellar.
» to the Lagerkeller
In centuries gone by, barrel makers who made wooden barrels by hand were some of the most important craftsmen around. After all, there were no plastic barrels or containers back then. There are still some who practise traditional barrel-making techniques. Our barrels, for example, come from the Wilhelm Schmid barrel factory in Munich.
» to the beer