Maxi Schafroth at his fasting sermon at Nockherberg

Strong beer festival at the Nockherberg

A lot of humour and a lot of beer

A good portion of Bavarian conviviality can be experienced at the Paulaner-Brauerei's strong beer festival on the Nockherberg.

Well-known far beyond the borders of Bavaria is the two-week Salvator tap on the Nockherberg, which is traditionally opened with the “Salvator-Probe“ in the period between carnival and Easter.

“Politician-derbleckn“ means that the “big-headed“ get a hearty, but humorous head-washing through the parties according to Bavarian inn style. Only invited guests are allowed to participate. Everyone else can watch the strong beer tasting live on Bavarian television. Afterwards, the Nockherberg will open its doors to all the strong beer fans.

 

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Friday, 1 March to Sunday, 24 March 2024: Strong beer festival for everyone

Munich has its “fifth“ season, the Starkbierzeit (strong beer season), thanks to a trick of the Paulaner monks at the beginning of the 17th century. In order to make their already meagre menu and especially the Lent from Ash Wednesday to Easter more pleasant, they brewed their extra strong and high-calorie fasting beer according to the Latin slogan "Liquida non frangunt ieunum" (liquid does not break fasting) and thus legitimized the beer consumption.

The name of the Paulaner strong beer “Salvator“ also originated at that time: The brethren of the order gave their beer under the name “Sankt Vater“ to the Munich locals in honour of their founder, St. Francis of Paula, who later became spoiled to Salvator.

 

By the way: Strong beer festivals are celebrated throughout Bavaria during Lent. Among the best known in Munich are the Strong beer festival on the Nockherberg, the festivals in the Löwenbräukeller and the Augustiner-Keller. Here is an overview.

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Frequently asked questions about the Starkbierfest

 

The strong beer festival at the Nockherberg will take place from 1 March to 24 March 2024.

Following the carnival in Lent, usually in March, the strong beer season takes place annually in Munich and throughout Bavaria.

In many Munich pubs, you can celebrate exuberantly at strong beer season. In addition to the strong beer and Bavarian delicacies, live music is also offered, for example. The original Salvator is served at the Paulaner at the Nockherberg, where the traditional politician's Derbleck'n also takes place.

 

 

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