Tuesday, 11 June 2019

A visit to Giesinger brewery

To complete my meticulous researched and completely objective analysis of the ranking order of the four First Class Beer Countries I went on the recent IBD study tour of Germany.

The first stop was Giesinger brewery in Munich, named after the local area it's in.

At first I thought it was a brewpub but it's expanded past that stage.

We were made very welcome and the CPD flowed freely.

Though the brewery was started in a garage at their current site they are now working to capacity of 12,000hl and are planning a new 60,000hl brewery with its own packaging on site. Production is carried out by two shift of workers.

At Giesinger they think that Munich is ready for "classical beer but with more power" (more malt, more hops, more strength). "In Munich you can't just start up and make IPAs, you need to do classical styles. We do both, the best of both worlds."

They use 30 types of malt, 20 types of hop and 10 types of yeast.

Some of the beer is made in open fermenters:

 Bocks getting up to 14 days in them before having four weeks in the Conditioning Tank. Craft ales will ferment faster but spend up to eight weeks in CT.

The beer is unfiltered and unpasteurised, bringing it closer to how god intended.


  1. Went to Giesinger in 2016. The Dunkel was excellent and actually had the full dark malt flavour that Bavarian Dunkel promises but rarely delivers. Sadly the service was so slow that we thought the heat death of the universe might occur before we got a second beer, so had to leave without trying the others.

    1. They showed us round before it opened, but once it did it got very busy quickly.

  2. Craft ales spend up to 8 weeks in conditioning tanks? Most US breweries would have a shit fit at the thought of not pushing out product after 2 weeks from mash to glass.

    1. I think I'm with the Americans on this one!