Breweries and Beer Gardens, Salzburg
I went to the Augustinerbrau Biergarten on a tip from a local - something I always wanted to do. It was ok - no more; no less. The quality of the beer was ...well, ok. Admittedly, I'm not a huge pilsner fan, but it was more the experience than the beer I was after. The service was typically Austrian, meaning don't look forward to a friendly greeting. What left a bad taste in my mouth was what I wound up paying for a beer. I got the 1 litre "Big Boy" ; go big or go home I thought. Cost was 6 euros - not bad for a litre. Not bad assuming you get a litre. When I came back from getting my pretzel, I found the head on the beer had collapsed, revealing less than 1/2 a mug of beer. I had just succeeded in paying $9 USD for a bottle of beer. Son of a b*** , the monks screwed me. Pretty steep - even by Salzburg standards. Glad I did it? Yeah, but you didn't see me lining up for a second round.
There's a large visitor centre here, self guided tours of the exhiitions of the brewery's history and a look at the brewing process today is pretty interesting. The admission price includes some tasters of the beers as well as a gift when leaving.
Food in the restaurant is worth considering, enjoyed our lunch here.
Visiting the beer gardens of Austria is a must. In Salzburg you will find the beer gardens close rather early. Most of the beer gardens are clustered in the city center around the Salzach River. This is the place where you will go to meet locals and fellow travellers.
This is a bit down river, on the old town (or "aldstadt") side of the river. It's a brewery/beer hall in an Augustinian monastary. It is definitely worth a visit. They have a little 'food court' thing, but you can bring in your own food as well.
It's in walking distance from the aldstadt, although it is quite a hike.
Just outside the old town, along the river, you'll find adjacent to a church the Augustinerbrau beer hall. Featuring beer brewed by monks and a great outdoor beer garden, this is a must see and must do. It's a traditional beer hall environment with community tables and lots of people picnicing on the food they brought. If you don't bring your own food, they sell pub-type grub, which is delicious.
From the old city centre walk to the river and turn left, heading uphill. After a ten minute stroll along the river from central Salzburg you will come to a church perched on the hill to your left, the monastery with beer hall is behind it.
When you arrive, take a one liter mug from the shelf and present it to the cashier who will take your cash and give you a ticket. Tell the cashier light or dark beer and giver your mug to the beer dispenser, who will fill it from the barrel. If you like, sit back and enjoy them rolling the barrels in and out.
Bottomline, the Augustinerbrau will be one of the highlights of your Salzburg trip.
Due to the awful weather, I didn’t snap many photos on our brief trip to Salzburg. With only a few hours at our disposal and the primary reason for going there meeting Sandy and her husband Dave, we opted to do a quick walk around town and get to the business at hand: good craic over a few brews. That said, even if the weather is fine, I believe the hillside monastery on the edge of Salzburg in nearby Mülln should be visited by all. It’s an impressive complex and the views are surely spectacular on a clear day. You can walk around the grounds and there is a church you can visit, but the reason most people make the pilgrimage is to enjoy the cavernous beer hall or sit in the equally big beer garden on a sunny day. Though I was hoping for the latter, I must say the beer hall itself was a sight to behold with vaulted ceilings and a truly timeless aura so I’m kind of glad we sat inside. Even for those who do not like beer, it’s worth seeing to get a feeling for another era. This is still an active brewery run by monks, another thing to appreciate while it still lasts.
in the huge monastery in the edge of the town, two huge rooms, maybe 500 people each, with long tables and long benches all wait for you.
get a mug from the serving monk, and then more. the beer is good, the atmosphere special, everyone is friendly, everyone's there, families, students, old friends...
The Augustiner Braustubl is one not to be missed place here in Salzburg, Beer is served here in litre and half litre mugs , check out my picture .
Buy sandwich or any hot snack ,then eat inside or outside in the large shady garden .
Its open 3 pm (2.30) pm weekends) to 11 pm daily
Everything you ever wanted to know about beer can be found out at Stiegl's "Brauwelt".
Curiosities, things worth knowing and lots of other information about beer, the cultural drink, are only available here in Salzburg at the largest exhibition of beers in Europe.
Situated in the oldest and authentically restored part of the brewery building in the part of the city known as Maxglan, to which the Stiegl Brewery moved in 1863, the 'Brauwelt' is one of the most popular trip destinations in Mozart's city. You too can discover the secrets of this Salzburg beer andtogether we can discover Europe's largest exhibition of beer.
The Stieglbrauerei is Austria's largest privately-owned brewery, and the home of Salzburg's major beer. It has a long history - they make much of a passing mention of their beer in one of Mozart's letters. They offer visitors the opportunity to explore their Brauwelt, which they bill as Europe's largest exhibition of beer. Sadly, you don't get to see the actual, working brewery itself, since it isn't open to visitors. But the Brauwelt is still well worth a visit. First it'll take you through the brewing process, with displays showing the raw materials and various devices used to turn them into lovely beer. Then you'll see an exhibition dedicated to beer from around the world, with a particularly amusing feature where you can hear how people from around the world order their beer in their native tongue and marvel at how they managed to find somebody from your own country who sounds like the most ridiculous caricature possible. And then you'll get to see a bit about the Stiegl brewery's 500-year history. Finally you'll get to the best part, where you can get a couple of beers and a pretzel in the Braustube. Those are included in the admission price, as is a gift from the shop - you could have either a bottle of beer or a drinking glass. It's definitely well worth a visit if you like a cheeky pint.
Admission is 9 euros for adults, or free with a Salzburg-card. It's open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am until 5pm, with last admission at 4pm. Allow at least an hour for your visit.
The Augustiner Brýu Brewery, is run by the Augustine monks, who have been brewing beer here since 1621.
The brewery is made up of several halls of happy beer swilling Austrians (and the occasional tourist).
The beer is tapped from wooden barrels and served in stone steins (mugs). It is available in half and 1 litre steins. When you finish a drink, just take your stein back and they will re-fill it.
There are also shops inside the halls selling lots of deli meats, breads etc to munch on while you drink.
Quite an experience!
The Salzburg Stiegl Brewery (the largest private brewery in Austria) delivers small amouts of beer with the traditional spotted "Noriker" horses.
Regularly seen in the moring (around 9 a.m.) in the Maxglan district around the brewery.
Also well worth seeing: Stiegl's "Brauwelt", Europe's largest exhibition of beer. Curiosities, history, original documents, things worth knowing and lots of other information about beer, the cultural drink ...see it, smell it, taste it - yo will enjoy it!
Brauwelt website: http://www.brauwelt.at/e_home.htm
There was also a beer tent and it was pretty popular at that midnight time. That was not big by Oktoberfest's standards but they had a band, beear and good athmosphere :)
I cannot imagine a more surreal place to enjoy the best brewski in the world. In a palace overlooking the mountains. Can I have another?