Necessity is the mother of invention. In 1589, the Bavarian Duke Wilhelm V founded the Hofbräuhaus München to save money because expensive beer had to be imported to meet the exacting standards of his court. With the Hofbrauhaus, the Bavarian Court got their own brewery to produce this brown ale. The Hofbrauhaus today is an institution, one that has gained worldwide fame that no other catering establishment can equal. This unique beer hall serves 1.5 million litres of Hofbrau Munchen beer to some 1.8 million visitors a year. Hofbrau…The beer of Bavarian Kings!