Reopening Nockherberg

Convening in the Beer Cathedral

As of February 2018 Paulaner’s tavern at the Nockherberg is back, a cherished rendezvous spot for Munich locals and guests alike.

Masterfully timed to observe Munich’s very own “fifth season”, the strong beer festival held during Lent, the tavern at the Nockherberg owned by the Paulaner brewery was reopened after an extensive renovation and redesign. Hence, the traditional strong beer keg could be tapped in the new, glorious ambience, including “Politiker Derblecken”, a tongue-in-cheek mocking of politicians. At the same time, a new proprietor duo took the reigns: Oktoberfest host Christian Schottenhamel helms events, while highly decorated chef Florian Lechner satisfies culinary and gastronomical desires.

The brewery restaurant steeped in tradition is located on the slope of the eastern bank of the Isar river in the urban district of Au-Haidhausen. The redesign accomplished the artistic feat of blending authentic Bavarian inn culture and clean contemporary design with an industrial look. Therefore, you can still find the cupboard containing lockers for personalised beer steins belonging to especially loyal regulars as well as warm wood-panelled walls and the rustic ceiling vaults in the subterranean Salvatorkeller. Large windows allow daylight to flood the spacious rooms.

That the entire establishment pays reverence to the art of brewing already becomes apparent on the ground floor by two brightly polished copper brewing kettles. Naturally, they are in mint working condition and backed up by huge tanks and malt handling in the basement. The capacity of the in-house brewery is 540 hectolitres of beer, brewed and proffered in three new varieties developed by master brewer Uli Schindler. Awaiting with distinctive flavours, the brands Nockherberger, Barnabas and Faustus will catch beer lovers by surprise. Brew fans can additionally glean insights into manufacturing of their favourite beverage here.

Rooms for meetings, incentives, conventions and events present themselves in a new refreshing look, without renouncing authenticity. Upon request, event planners can receive one-stop service here, starting with custom-fit capacities for events expecting 30 to 3000 guests, featuring state-of-the-art technology, perfectly trained staff, first-class cuisine, all the way to choice entertainment and decorations. The event team is standing by with guidance and advice for planning meetings.

Next to five atmospheric banquet rooms, like rustic Saal Bavaria, several other spaces are available for events, galas and concerts. For example the Kaminstube, a cosy drawing room, the Salvatorkeller with its ceiling vault and last but not least, the Festsaal, featuring the largest ballroom of any Munich brewery. Following its refurbishing, the ballroom now radiates a warm, comfortable atmosphere and has been upgraded to include a contemporary, modular light, sound and media system with a centralised control solution. The mobile stage and flexible partition walls enable various room solutions. In the spacious foyer vintage brewing kettles commemorate the history of the brewery, dating back as far as 1672.

For MICE planners the location is also extremely attractive: amidst greenery, yet centrally located, well within reach using public transport (a pretty important pointer during the strong beer season!) and easy access for chartered busses. It is a mere 15-minute ride to Marienplatz (the city centre), 35 minutes to the airport, 20 minutes to the city's fair grounds Messe München via subway.

Unrivalled and outright priceless is the flair of this Munich institution. Many a guest might already experience a déjà-vu entering the Paulaner beer garden, recognising the famous fountain from TV commercials. 2000 guests can be seated under the green canopy of the chestnut trees, and lucky guest number 2001 can still find a spot, a “Platzerl”, as Munich locals love scooting together to accommodate one more visitor. And when out of thin air suddenly a glockenspiel can be faintly heard chiming the melody of “Drunt in der grünen Au” (Down Yonder in the Green Pasture), guests are not hallucinating but are in fact hearing a carillonneur working his magic in the tower of the neighbouring church Mariahilfkirche. Boasting 65 bells, it is the third largest carillon in all of Germany.

 

 

Photo: Frank Stolle