May 11, 2018
What better way to spend a sunny Salzburg afternoon than by quaffing excellent beer brewed by monkish hands in the open air? Salzburg can be a drain on one’s pockets but a pint or two at the historic Augustiner Braustubl is both memorable and affordable to boot. You need to know the drill though. First buy your snacks from the little stalls bread, olives, pretzels and so forth then take a stone tankard and fill it from the pump. After which take your mug of precious golden ale out to a shaded spot in the pretty garden. Drink. Enjoy. Repeat. The Bräustübl beer has its own very individual character due not least to its being produced according to old traditional methods. Unlike the industrial production of beer as is usual today, brewing at the Augustiner Brewery, as at very few other breweries in Austria, is still regarded as a craft. ?The Augustiner Brewery at Mülln in Salzburg was founded by Augustinian monks in 1621, who had been called to Salzburg from Bavaria by the Archbishop of Salzburg, Wolf Dietrich. A monastery was built for the Augustinians in Mülln on the northern slopes of the Mßnchsberg hill between 1607 and 1614. ?When the Augustinians died out in Salzburg in the 19th century, Emperor Ferdinand the Kind handed over the monastery to the Benedictines from Michaelbeuern. Today, we’re happy to report that they still attach great importance to craft and method. There may be more stylish ways to spend your time and euros but there can be few more satisfying. The beer is silky and superb, the location ideal. What’s not to like?