A nice evening with friends includes a cold beer. Since we may not be able to sit on the Riviera, we still have the option to indulge in beer. This is the perfect solution for us as it’s the world-famous beer for a reason. We have put together the four best brewery and beer tours in Germany for you, one tour for each direction. Now you can explore Germany in a different way. Cheers to that!
Discover Germany’s Best Breweries and Tours
- Brewery Tour in the North
- Brewery Tour in the East
- Brewery Tour in the South
- Brewery Tour in the West
Brewery Tour in the North
Starting in the small village of Bagband, which lies in the heart of East Frisia. The Ostfriesen Bräu brewery is known for a dark country beer with an award as the ‘European Beer Star.’ Not once but twice, making it one of Germany’s top breweries and beer tours! Here you can experience a lot, from beer tastings to beer seminars and even a museum where you can learn everything about the process and production. There are delicious German home cooking options in a rustic brewery atmosphere at the restaurant. Here you can satisfy your hunger.
In the town of Jever, you will find yourself a brewery, funnily enough, called ‘The Jever.’ The Jever beer is one of the most famous beers from the North. You can see it in the size of the brewery! Here you can find out everything there is to know about Jever beer on a brewery tour. The pilsner is the most popular beer here. However, there are also many special flavors, such as blood orange and lemon.
Hamburg is famous for bad weather and Holsten beer. So, the Holsten Brewery is a must-visit if you do a brewery tour in the North. The first Holsten was brewed here in Hamburg as early as 1879. This is one of the beer tours in Germany with an extensive history. Every year there is the brewery festival held here during the summer. You can play games, taste delicious food, listen to music, and drink a lot of beer.
We continue to Flensburg. This brewery, you guessed it, produces Flensburg beer. There are 16 different types of beer (if you count the non-alcoholic ones) that you can try. During the “Brewmaster Evenings,” you will learn about the brewing process in a small group of a maximum of 6 people. You will be able to help and, of course, get the chance to try a variety of beers. You can also buy quirky things related to Flens beer in the shop next door.
But what makes brewery and beer tours in Germany really special is the people you experience them with. A group of like-minded people should enjoy a delicious beer together. Nobody in your circle of friends has the desire or time. Then stop by JoinMyTrip and find travel partners who love beer as much as you do.
Brewery Tour in the East
If a beer tour in eastern Germany is an option for you, you must head to Dresden. Dresden is only 20 minutes from the suburb, Radeberg, where the Radeberger beer is brewed. This brewery, however, only brews Pilsner beer. But it has such a good reputation that even a bar in New York only sells Radeberger!
You can take a tapping course in the brewery to learn how to tap a Radeberger perfectly. Afterward, there is time for tasting and yummy snacks. The great thing is that there is a bus tour from Dresden. The bus tour takes you from the city center directly to the brewery. This means you can happily enjoy one of Germany’s best beer breweries and tours whilst drinking away without worrying about transportation.
We continue to Saxony Anhalt, more precisely to Wernigerode, as this is the home of the Hasseröder brewery. Hasseröder beer is the best-selling beer in Saxony Anhalt. Therefore it must definitely be on the list of German breweries you should visit. The brewery has been around since 1872. You can find out everything about the pearly Pils on a brewery tour. Be sure to try black beer, which has a very unique taste. The Premium Pils from Hasseröder has received the gold medal award of the DLG (German Agricultural Society) 14 times. And the silver medal nine times! Isn’t this a reason in itself why you should pay a visit to one of the top German breweries?
Our brewery tour ends in the East, in Leipzig. Here you will find the Sternburg brewery. This smaller but fine brewery produces one of the five most popular beers in the east, Sternburg. The tour is small and friendly, often carried out by the manager himself. He knows how to entertain his guests. You will never have a boring moment here. The special thing about this brewery is perhaps not necessarily the type of beer brewed here. Rather that it works with the Diakonie am Thornberg. The majority of the employees are impaired for various reasons. But they can still do a normal job in the Sternburg Brewery. This brewery gives a familiar impression, and you will really feel at home. The perfect end to your German brewery and beer tour in eastern Germany.
Brewery Tour in the South
The Southern beer tour starts in Upper Bavaria, in the small community of Andechs. The Benedictine monastery situates in this place, where the Andechs monastery beer is brewed. Centuries-old monastery brewery traditions and the latest brewing technology meet here, and the results are truly impressive. The brewery is not just a special place; the monastery itself is spectacular, which you can explore on a guided tour. Have you always wanted to understand how real monks live? Then this is a great opportunity to see this experience, making this German brewery and beer tour unique.
We continue to Freising, located here on the Nährberg mountain and is the Weihenstephan brewery. This brewery is especially great if you want to be outside as there is a great beer garden surrounding it, where you can try the freshly brewed beer. This brewery is special as it is the oldest brewery in the world and, therefore, a must-see for every real beer lover. There are 15 different varieties you can try out, and the atmosphere is just another reason this is one of the best breweries and beer tours in Germany. The whole thing is as Bavarian as it gets, including the waiters and waitresses dressed in traditional costumes.
We believe this day could be your favorite, delicious beer and food in a great beer garden outside on the top of a mountain. Everything your heart desires. Be sure to try the yeast wheat beer!
The last stop in the south is the Paulaner brewery in Munich. Monks founded the brewery in 1634, making it one of the oldest breweries in the world. With a workforce of 2,496, it is also one of the largest in Germany. Paulaner is popular worldwide, and the brewery invites you to brewery tours every day, visited by many tourists. Here you learn everything about the exact brewing process, and you can also try it from time to time.
The tour begins with a glass of home-brewed schnapps in the brewhouse so you can really get in the mood. Next up, there is a film lecture in which the beer production is well explained, followed by a tour of the individual stages the beer goes through. The South of Germany is renowned worldwide for its beer, and the Paulaner is definitely one of them.
Brewery Tour in the West
If you are a real beer lover, you should definitely head over to Dortmund, as there is not only one brewery you can visit but also eight. Among other things, the Dortmunder Kronen Bier, Brinkhoffs, and Ritter beers are being brewed here. Since the late Middle Ages, the city was given the right to brew, and they haven’t stopped. Over 7.5 million hectoliters are produced here annually, and only one other city in the USA exceeds this. You can take part in one of the tours of all breweries, but if you can’t decide, visit the Brewery Museum. Because everything you need to know about how to brew a beer is there for you to learn. Don’t worry. There is even a beer tasting in the museum, which you can book.
And off you go to the next destination, the Bönnsch brewery in Bonn. Here you will get a cold glass of Bönnsch and a delicious sandwich with a homemade spread. Then the tour begins, where you can try the beer and taste it in the various stages of production at each station. Each time try to taste the individual ingredients and figure out if it is hops, malt, or barley. After the tour, you can end the day by eating something delicious in the restaurant. This brewery is located in the heart of Bonn and has a great family atmosphere, making it a worthwhile visit.
Now we have come to the end of our brewery tour in the west, where we finish it in Cologne with the Früh brewery, where the Früh Kölsch is brewed. Cologne is a really cool city where you can experience a lot. The special thing about this brewery is not necessarily the tour, but the beer garden, which is located in the middle of the city center. It is located right next to the cathedral and offers a great view of all the hustle and bustle going on in the city. Unlike many other breweries, which are often only visited by tourists, this brewery is very popular with the Cologne residents, whether young or old, businessman or craftsman, family, and friends meet here to enjoy a delicious Kölsch.
You see, enjoying a beer with a great atmosphere is easy to find. No matter which direction you choose, Germany has a beer tour ready. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your brewery tour now and find like-minded (and drink-loving?) travel partners on JoinMyTrip.