Welcome to Bierwelt, Bavaria's theme park based on beer


39 Responses to “Welcome to Bierwelt, Bavaria's theme park based on beer”

  1. Artimus Mangilord says:

    Someone is a fan of Antoni Gaudi.

  2. Stefan Jones says:

    Duff Beer for Me
    Duff Beer for You
    I’ll Have a Duff
    You Have One Too!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Beer meets Barcelona!

  4. bja009 says:

    Despite never having been to this place, I love it.

  5. Xenu says:

    The tanks in the first picture look very similar to Anchor Brewing in San Francisco.

  6. Anonymous says:

    what’s the deal with the bacteriophage stained glass window?

  7. Muki says:

    I know yeast is a vital player in brewing, but it is far beyond me what a bacteriophage has to do with any of this. (10th picture)

    • capl says:

      Thanks for bringing that up, I was going to ask about that glass window. Any ideas from the group?
      There are a number of ‘secrets’ hidden in the tower and that was one of them.
      Could it be a fermentation killer?

  8. caseyd says:

    Two summers ago we spent a few weeks at Tegernsee; how did I miss out on this cool looking spot?!?

    • Anonymous says:

      Prolly cos its on the opposite side of Munich.
      Take the Autobahn to Nuremberg and change to the Autobahn to Passau. Halfway between the connection between the 2 autobahns and Regensburg is the exit to Abensberg.
      Nearby and maybe not visually but gastronomically much more interesting is the Hop museum:
      Worth a visit too.

  9. danho says:

    The park rather looks like the “Tarot Garden” of Niki de Saint Phalle. Although she was particularly influenced by Gaudi.

  10. capl says:

    from girlspintout on Twitter: “Malt Disney World”

  11. jackie31337 says:

    I don’t even like beer, and I want to visit this place. It looks fascinating, and I love seeing how things are made.

  12. capl says:

    I contacted the brewery and they say that the window is of a T32 phage, as it has similar construction to the tower and a similar effect. They said the complete description is in the book about the tower. I’ll get it on my next visit!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Protip from Bavaria:

    Kuchlbauer is ok but certainly more industrial brerwing than craft brewing.

    The best Bavarian Hefeweizen ever is made by http://www.schlossbrauerei-gruenbach.de chased by the Weltenburger at a long distance.
    The best specialty brew is Winkler Kupfer from http://www.winkler-braeu.de .

    Both are microbreweries and possibly unobtainable in the States though.

  14. regeya says:

    The interior shots of the odd art reminds me of the St. Louis City Museum. Only this looks better, as there’s beer involved.

  15. Anonymous says:

    The whole region (Holledau) there is most famous for their hop production, it is said that it is the best hop in the world (and due to it’s quality most of it is not used for beer but for medication). Also Abensberg is famous for it’s asparagus, but you have to wait till the end of April to try it.

    If someone wants to visit Abendsberg, I also recommend to make a tour to the Kloster Weltenburg (impressive scenery, good beer) and also to Regensburg, a nice small medieval town just 1h to the north of munich. It may even be a good idea to stay in Regenburg instead of Munich, the connections by bus and train to Abendsberg and Weltenburg are better.

    Hundertwasser was definitly inspired by Gaudi, but did further develop his ideas. I think that Hundertwasser also impressed the architects in San Francisco, at least they are saying that to german tourists there… It is also nice to see that the brewery sticks to Hundertwasser’s idea of the Baummieter – trees living in and on the building.

  16. Anonymous says:

    That looks like Gaudí _after_ a lobotomy.

  17. IgnatiusJReilly says:

    Although the hef has an interesting flavor, I’d be lying if I were to say it’s anything but a timid beer.

  18. The Mudshark says:

    I like a few of Hundertwassers paintings but his architecture is a guaranteed eyesore every time. Directionless arts and crafts boosted by huge amounts of money to inflict heavy damage on any cityscape.

  19. urbanhick says:

    My eyes and head are ready to explode just from looking at these few pics. It’s ike Antonio Gaudì meets Dr. Seuss meets Disneyland meets Salvador Dali meets Roger Dean all rolled into one cheesy stained-glass window.


  20. Anonymous says:

    I know Hollertau very well, as I used to drive past it when I worked for the US Army at Grafenwöhr but spent weekends in Munich. The road you need is the A93 exit Wolnzach.

    I have drunk gallons of German beer over the years here and although you get of course hung over, I think its not as harmful as the chemical-laden rubbish churned out by the mega breweries, as it is protected by the strict “Reinheitsgebot” (wiki that!).

  21. bat21 says:

    From Wikipedia:
    A broad number of food products, commodity chemicals, and biotechnology products are manufactured industrially by large-scale bacterial fermentation of various organic substrates. Because enormous amounts of bacteria are being cultivated each day in large fermentation vats, the risk of bacteriophage contamination could rapidly bring fermentation to a halt. The resulting economical setback is a serious threat in these industries. The relationship between bacteriophages and their bacterial hosts is very important in the context of the food fermentation industry. Sources of phage contamination, measures to control their propagation and dissemination, and biotechnological defense strategies developed to restrain phages are of interest. The dairy fermentation industry has openly acknowledged the problem of phage and has been working with academia and starter culture companies to develop defense strategies and systems to curtail the propagation and evolution of phages for decades.

    • ColbertNoRelation says:

      Bacteriophages are a problem when using bacteria as production organisms, as is done in the dairy industry.

      But as far as I know (as a biologist and casual homebrewer) yeast are the ideal beer fermentation organisms. Bacteria means spoilage.

      Unless the artist is celebrating bacteriophage as the assassin of contaminating bacteria, and therefore the champions of beer yeast, I’m not sure I understand its relevance….

    • bodenski says:

      I have worked with phage, but am not certain of the artists intent, but another point is that this is a (the) top HOPS growing region. Hops were essential for their antimicrobial action, hence use in IPAs that needed extra anti-bacterial protection for the long journeys, resulting in the still popular extra hoppy taste.

      As phage can offer bacteria resistance to hops, this might be acknowledgment of their arch-rival or an homage to the scientists that have studied bacterial phage. This may be a T4 phage, studied by Berlin born Max Delbrück and others.

      I would love to know more.

  22. Anonymous says:

    mmmm, Weihenstephan, best hefewiesen out there, is available in the states and canada. i say to all go get one, is very very good

  23. RuthlessRuben says:

    Ah yes, good old Friendensreich. Always dressed like a bum on purpose, a bizarre dude, but really nice supposedly.

    His architecture is odd, and doesn’t have much to do with Gaudí beyond that they both didn’t like straight lines. And that everybody seems to like Gaudí, while people are always “ZOMG, so awesome” or “OMG, kill it with fire” with Hundertwasser.

    I like his stuff, mostly because I prefer “heavy damage on any cityscape” to everything looking like post-disaster Czernobyl.

    Lets compare. It’s either this: http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRYsJ7zVD7WkNRgWx88zegblOYMrFKFB05yJcnjokccmKCcfzVsyg&t=1

    Or this: http://www.bildarchiv-hamburg.de/hamburg/gebaeude/muellverbrennungsanlage_borsigstrasse/01_mvb_borsigstrasse/04_23062_muellverbrennungsanlage_spiegelung.jpg

    So yeah, Mudshark, I know your opinion, I respect it, I just don’t share it.

    • The Mudshark says:

      Well there´s usually more than those two extreme ways to go about things, although I have to admit I don´t know about any aesthetically pleasing incineration plants. And the Müllverbrennungsanlage Spittelau is one of those buildings I was talking about that I have a hard time looking at, more so after going by it daily for two years. “Kill it with fire” seems about right :)

      I think you´re right about Gaudi. He seems less controversial and, as far a I´m concerned, more tasteful. Also not as much of a one trick pony i.m.o.

  24. facetedjewel says:

    Mmmmmmm…one of my favorite beer styles, loved the more for its non-hoppy timidity. When it’s very hot outside, I like to mix Hefe half-and-half with lemonade and sit outside reading and drinking ‘Radlermass’ (hope I got that right). Delicious!

    This tour looks cool. Maybe next year…

  25. wil9000 says:

    I think they need to build an extension, with audoanimatronic birds that sing:
    “In the Drinky Drinky Drinky Drinky Drinky Room!”

  26. Nick says:

    This is very cool. I was in Munich this past summer for a few days, most of my family still lives in Germany. I’ve never heard of Bierwelt. i’ll have to make it a stop the next time I visit (hopefully sooner rather than later!)

    Although nothing can still compare to a good glass of Alt Bier from Dusseldorf! We talk about all this and a lot more at our German American forum & community, if you have interest in German Culture check us out at http://www.imgerman.com

  27. knoxblox says:

    As long as there isn’t a ride called the Beer Barrel, I’ll be okay.

  28. drkptt says:

    The flying saucer on top of the tower is sure to trigger a recognition in anyone from the Tampa Bay area. Looks like the famous VIP room at the 2001 Odyssey strip club.


  29. pumuckl says:

    Reminds me more of the Grotto at the Herrenhäuser Gardens in Hannover.

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