DAY 1: Sunday, April 21, 2019
Hallo Deutschland! Meet up with your peers at Toronto Pearson International Airport to board your overnight flight to Munich, Germany. Get comfy, it’s a long ride over the big pond before we begin the trip of a lifetime!
DAY 2: Monday, April 22, 2019
Guten Morgen Munchen! After a restful nights sleep aboard your overnight flight (haha) we will head over to our hotel, that we will call home for the next week. Feel free to take the day to relax and recover from our overnight travels or begin to familiarize yourself with the area and see all that Munich has to offer!
DAY 3: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Rise and shine! It’s time to kick off our industry visits by making our way up to Regensburg to visit Christian Gresser: a local leader in German brewing equipment. With 140 years of tradition, and decades of experience, this family owned business knows how to keep up with the times.
Keeping with diving deep into German tradition, this afternoon we visit Weltenburger Kloster, where their future has a great past! Weltenburger believes in preserve the proven, promote the progress! The Monastery Weltenburg is the oldest monastery brewery in the entire world! Its history dates back to 45AD! We will enjoy a guided tour and learn where the award-winning Dark has its origins and why top-fermented wheat is becoming increasingly popular.
- Christian Gresser
- Weltenburg Monestary
- City of Regensburg
DAY 4: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
This morning, we rise above. Our day begins at the Weihenstephan Monastery, perched high above the city of Freising on the Wihenstephan Hill. We will enjoy a tour of the brewery, which begins with a visit of their museum “To the Origin of Beer“. From here, we enjoy a tour through the nearly 1000 years of history of the Bavarian State Brewery of Weihenstephan before continuing to the “Sacred Territory“-the art of brewing. Cap off the experience by taking part in a tasting session.
As we take one final look at the breathtaking birdseye view of the old town of Freising, we will make our descent down to town and head to one of the oldest and most world reknown brewing schools: TUM Weinhenstephan Beer School.
- Weihenstephan Monastery
- Weinhenstephan Beer School
- Town of Freising
DAY 5: THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2019
Today, we return to the oldest city in Bavaria- Freising- and visit the towns premier provider in brewing and packaging equipment: Steinecker.Known as “The brand for brewers“, Steinecker has clients all over the world. From big players to the small guys, these folks are able to assist operations of all sizes.
After spending our morning tapping into the latest technologies for brewing and packaging equipment, we get to open the valves and enjoy a little local get together called the “Day of Beer“! Every year, the Day of Beer is celebrated in one big happy get together with the city of Freising and its two traditional breweries, the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan and the Grafliches Hofbrauhaus Freising from 4:00pm until the evening on the Marienplatz. The Day of Beer is to remind us of the Bavarian Purity Law. This law has been in effect since 1516 and dictates that beer should only include three ingredients: hops, barley and water. Don’t worry, yeast has since been added to the list J
- Steinecker Tour
- Day of Beer Festival
DAY 6: FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019
Get your cameras ready! Today is a very exciting day as we head north to the historic city of Bamberg! Be prepared to get lost in the magic of this World Heritage City. From its awe-inspiring architecture to its enchanting palaces and museums, this city surely won’t disappoint.
This morning we have the pleasure of participating in a tour of Weyermann Specialty Malts and learning about how it all started with a hand driven roast drum that lead them to be the world market leader that they are today! Our tour will include the labratory, malting house and their state of the art logistics centre that enables them to provide more than 135 countries with their speciality malts. See for yourself how Weyermann’s has had a profound impact on the North American craft beer market.
Prepare to have your taste buds dance with delight as we visit Bamberg’s specialty historic smoked beer brewery, Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier. This historic, family run brewery, makes their own malt and then it is directly barred over an open fire, adding to what makes them so special. “Schlenkerla Rauchbier is a sip of beer history“.
- World Heritage City of Bamberg
- Weyermann Specialty Malts Tour
- Schlenkerla Rauchbier Smoke Beer Brewery
DAY 7: SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019
Ready to hop on over to the heart of German Hop Land? To Wolnzach we go! This morning we will visit the German Hop Museum and learn all there is to know about hops. From botanical aspects to brewing, from hop growing to hop trading, from history until present, we will learn it all!
Our final brewery tour will take place at the Urban Chestnut Hallertauer Brauerei. At Urban Chestnut, Brewmaster Florian Kuplent takes a unique approach to his brewing philosophy. Refered to as Beer Divergency-where a “new world meets old world“ brewing approach, where timeless regional styes are brewed alongside modern styles.
- German Hop Museum
- Urban Chestnut Hallerauer Brauerei
- City of Wolznach
DAY 8: SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019
Today, we take a break from touring historic breweries and take to the streets of Munich. With so many amazing things to see and do, we haven’t decided what we are going to do just yet! Stay tuned J
DAY 9: MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2019
Today, we have to say Auf Wiedersehen Deutschland! Its been a great time here in Germany. From learning local secrets to sampling some of the best brews they have to offer, we must say good-bye to our new friends and return home to put our new knowledge to the test. Until we meet again, Deutschland!