"Genuss für Leib und Seele" (Enjoyment for Body and Soul) is the motto of the Andechs Monastery's "Bräustuberl." While not as much of a secret as it was when I first came here 19 years ago (that long??), it is certainly worth the effort to get here. My favorite way to get here is to hike (about 1 hour light hiking) from Herrsching. While I encourage you to visit the church, this tip is about the Bavarian food and heavenly beer.
When you enter the hall, you order food and beer in separate lines. There are actually three lines for food -- one for deli (cold cuts and cheeses), one for hot food (roast meat, sauerkraut, etc), and one for cafe food (tarts, cakes, coffee, and schnapps (?!)). Once you have your food and drink, it's open seating inside and outside (though there are a few tables in the main hall reserved for regulars). Note also that you're allowed to pack a picnic and eat outside as long as you buy your beverages.
The brewery opens daily at 10AM. Last call is at 8PM, but guests are allowed to take their time finishing their beer after last call. Table reservations are possible for groups of 20 or more; check the website for details. The Bräustuberl is closed Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Favorite Dish: There is no shortage of meat dishes in huge proportions to choose from. But consider the Obatzt'n (Bavarian cream cheese) with a large pretzel. Andechser dairy products are considered among the best in Bavaria -- give it a try. One problem: You'll run out of pretzel while you still have cheese left. This means you have to get another pretzel to finish your cheese with. Then you have to get more cheese to finish your pretzel... :-)
Beer is plentiful, inexpensive, served straight from the barrel, and absolutely delicious. My favorite is the "Doppelbock Dunkel," a potent and sweet dark beer. Unfortunately, this wonderful beer is not always served; the Doppelock is often replaced by "Spezial Dunkel," a slightly less sweet, less flavorful, and considerably less potent dark beer. The monks also brew Helles (golden lager) and Weissbier (beer brewed with wheat). Beer is thankfully served in 1/2 liter glasses as well as the traditional 1-liter "masskrug."
It was raining heavily on our final evening in Herrsching, so it seemed like an ideal time to try the hotel's restaurant. The ambiance was dark and woody, the service was pleasant, and the food was well-prepared, tasty, and reasonably priced. There appeared to be a number of locals (or at least non-guests of the hotel) eating here; the place got fairly lively for a Wednesday night as the evening wore on.
Favorite Dish: There was a good mixture of traditional Bavarian and German food, as well as a decent selection of seafood. Sara had the baked salmon with spinach and rice pilaf, while I had the Käsespätzle (german style pasta with melted cheese) with onions. Not bad at all.
Paradoxically, the Andechser Hof does not offer Andechser beer. Instead, it serves tasty Kaltenberger lager, along with the associated König Ludwig Dunkel (dark lager) and weissbiers (beer brewed from wheat). I washed my meal down with a lager and a weissbier. Yummy!