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Salzburg recollects its beer history

Brauerei Kaltenhausen
Augustiner Bräustüberl
Salzburg, the 02/21/2014

Sometimes culture flows through the tap


Salzburg's historical recollection differ in many ways to those of the rest of the world. In other parts of the world, the year 1492 is connected with the crossing of the Atlantic by a certain Christopher Columbus - in Salzburg, every child knows that it is really the founding year of the Stiegl Brewery. Here, the year 1475 is not primarily known as the birth year of Michelangelo, rather as the year that the "Kalte Brauhaus" in Hallein, known today as the Kaltenhausen Brewery, opened its doors. Beer in Salzburg has a 600 year old history!


Everyone meets in Salzburg's beer gardens: managers and laborers, tourists and locals, families and night revelers. "With beer, everyone is equal!" is a dictum and proof is found daily in Salzburg. The Augustiner Brewery's large "Gastgarten" covered by chestnut trees is just as well visited on warm summer days as the Stieglkeller at the foot of the fortress, from whose beer garden one has a magnificent view overlooking the roofs of the Mozart city. A total of 11 breweries, including 6 pub breweries, supply Salzburg and its surrounding area with the good barley juice.


A large cultural scene focusing on beer has developed over the last few years. The largest beer gustation in Western Europe with over 250 beers takes place each October as part of the Festival of the Beer Diversity in the Gusswerk, which has its own pub brewery. Events such as the Gstanzl-Singen in the Kaltenhausen, the Trumer Beer Festival in Obertrum by Salzburg or the Augustiner Festival have long reached cult status. The Stiegl Brewery is known as the largest brewery museum in Europe and the Salzburg educational program for becoming a Beer Sommelier is considered the best in the world.


The synergy between city culture and the beer tap is exemplary in Salzburg. For this reason, as of this year, a beer folder shows city visitors the right path through all the "beery" offers. In addition to the three different beer walking-tours, two special beer packages of offered which have been developed specifically for this topic by Panorama Tours.


For groups of at least 15 people "Salzburg and Its Brewery World" is the perfect travel package for getting to know both - the city and its beer. It includes 2 nights with a buffet breakfast in a 4-star city, a beer walking-tour with a tourist guide including beer and a pretzel, lunch in a middle class restaurant, as well as entry into and a guided tour of Stiegl's Brauwelt with a souvenir gift and beer tasting.


The package "Salzburg and Its Little Treasures" is bookable starting with 2 people. This package is made up of 2 nights with buffet breakfast in a 4-star city hotel, a tour and a supper including a beer in "S'Kloane Brauhaus" in Salzburg, a "Classic Salzburg Tour" as well as transportatino, and free single entry into most of the places of interest.


By the way, don't let yourself be convinced that beer is not socially respectable! The greatest man of Salzburg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, loved his barley juice. The offerings of beer in this time were similar to today. He could choose from the 13 local breweries. Why not follow in the footsteps of the genius and try the Salzburg beer yourself?

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