Restaurant/Biergarten Review: Augustiner Keller
by Heidi Obermeyer
Germany equals beer, beer equal Germany- You can’t throw a stone (or a bocci ball) ’round these parts without hitting one of Munich’s big six breweries or one of their many bars, restaurants, or biergarten affiliates around the city. I know what you’re asking yourself, and I’m thinking the same thing: Could this be any more awesome!
Answer: Probably not. Today we’re talking about Augustiner Keller (or Augustiner Cellar, for you German-impaired folks out there). Augustiner is one of the six Munich breweries who pledge to adhere to the purity requirements required by the city, and hence reach a level of badassery not often achieved by your average brewery in America or anywhere else, for that matter. Hops, barely and water. That’s all you’re ever going to get from one of the “Big Six” (Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Spaten, and Paulaner) and what’s really impressive is that they still manage to taste so different! Hofbräu is the brand most commonly known in the States and hence, most commonly known in Munich for being the source drunken tourist debauchery. That’s where Augustiner comes into play- it’s a local favorite (and the oldest brewery in the city, founded in 1328! That’s older than your mom!). When your neighbor is singing at 2 am outside your window on a Wednesday, send a hearty thanks Augustiner’s way- they probably were the first drink of the night.
Augustiner Keller is the brewery’s restaurant/biergarten, and it’s a wonderful place to go if you’re looking to check out the biergarten lifestyle in Munich. In keeping with tradition, you can bring your own picnic (you only really have to buy beer there) there’s lots of trees, and a general atmosphere of merriment, good will towards men, and contentment abounds. It’s kinda like Christmas… if Christmas had good beer and wooden tables. And was held outside.
Now for those of us too lazy to pack a picnic or for anyone just passing through this fair city, never fear- you can also buy food at the biergarten! It’s self service, but Augustiner Keller has fantastic food and good prices- if you want to get a Maß (the giant mugs that everyone has at Oktoberfest containing 1 liter of beer) and something to eat it’ll probably run you about 15 euros.
Vorsicht! Be careful! German beer’s alcohol content is much higher than most American beers- something to keep in mind when you’re debating whether or not you should get a second (or third… or fourth…) round. And why yes, you’re correct. That is a playground in the background of this next picture. Thanks for noticing!
Biergartens are generally open for lunch and dinner and stay open until somewhere around midnight. It’s a great chance to eat some Bavarian food, catch up with your friends, and see some Germans in their element. Biergartens are definitely one of the most important things on the Don’t-Miss-This-List for Munich, and Augustiner Keller is a wonderful place to check out the scene with fewer tourists than Hofbräuhaus.
If you want more information on Augustiner Keller, check out their website by clicking here.