Beer: Weihenstephan
Hours: 10 a.m. to 12 midnight
Seating: 500 in beer garden, 500 in restaurant

Weihenstephan 1
85354 Freising
(08161) 13004 or 5

Sampling the latest class project in the beer garden at Weihenstephan.

TiP: The "world's oldest brewery" offers one-hour tours, Mon.-Thurs., on a reserved basis. All tours must begin before 2 p.m. and should be reserved a week in advance when possible. Cost is €1.50 for adults, children under 12 are free, and the ticket is good for a discount in the beer garden. Call (08161) 5360 for reservations.

Weihenstephan is the world's oldest active brewery, having opened its gothic portals under the Benedictine Brothers back in 1040. Back then the brothers were busy producing brew. Today, Weihenstephan is a technical university busy producing brewers. The very best Braumeisters in all of Germany and the world matriculate from Weihenstephan. And the science of beer making is no multiple choice exam either. This is a professional product from cap to bottom. The brew produced under the Weihenstephan label ranks right up there with Munich's "Big Six" as one of the best -- and most popular -- beers in Bavaria. The brewery produces 40,000 gallons daily and nobody has ever been seen pouring it down the drain. Somebody must be drinking it. And, by the way, it's one of the cheapest as well, as evidenced by the relatively modest price of a liter Maß in the Bräustüberl beer garden. It's a bit of a ride to Weihenstephan (S-Bahn 1 to Freising, about 30 minutes) and then a walk to the university grounds and the beer garden. There is a bus, though, leaving the S-Bahn station that will now deposit you at the bottom of the hill. Wehenstephan is one of our day trips and gets 3 1/2 beers. Take in the brewery tour if you get a chance.

Plantage 2, 85354 Freising
Phone: 08161-63155

The nearby beer garden of Plantage is worth visiting, while in Freising. It's a sprawling, 1200-seat beer garden smack in the middle of the woods. It's a 14-minute bus ride from the Freising main train station (buses 601, 617, or 618). Get off at stop: Waldsiedlung