Holger chat’s to Florian Leykauf about beer culture and in particular about German beer culture, focusing on beer culture in Florian’s hometown of Munich. The most important beer style in Munich is Helles and the Augustines Helles being the local favourite. Augustiner-Bräu was started by the Augustinian monks who began brewing beer in their Augustinian monastery near the Cathedral of Munich In 1328. We talk about the traditional beer styles from Munich including Helles, Dunkel & Weissbier. Beer gardens are a very important part of beer culture in Munich complete with Chestnut trees. Find out which beer gardens to visit.(source: http://www.munichbeergardens.com) Chinesischer Turm – The beer garden Chinesischer Turm is located in the English Garden (Englischer Garten), Munich’s largest park area. With a size of 417 hectares, the English Garden is larger than Hyde Park in London or Central Park in New York. Due to its close distance to the university, the beer garden often attracts a young crowd, mixed with park visitor including many tourists. Six traditional Bavarian brands are served at Oktoberfest: Augustiner, Paulaner, Hofbräu, Spaten-Franziskaner, Hacker-Pschorr and Löwenbräu. Hirschgarten – The beer garden “Königlicher Hirschgarten” is named after the recreational park Hirschgarten. As its name indicates, there is a deer park just next to the beer garden. With 8,000 seats under gigantic chestnut trees, Hirschgarten is the world’s largest beer garden.