We know that beer dates back at least to the fifth millennium B.C. and that most of the breweries listed below are German beers or started as a monastery or abbey. These are the 10 oldest breweries in the world. Via Oldest.org


Gaffel Becker & Co Brewery

This German brewery in the city of Cologne was originally established in 1302. They have eight varieties of beer.


Bolten Brewery

Founded in 1266 in the city of Korschenbroich by Heinrich Der Brauer and have 8 varieties of beer. It is the oldest altbier brewery.


Affligem Brewery

We know her well because we keep seeing her everywhere. Founded in 1070 in Opwijk, Belgium, this brewery began as a monastery brewery. Its history tells that it underwent reconstruction several times, between 1850, 1794, 1870 and 1885. It was even closed in the 1940s and reopened in 1970. It also has eight varieties of beer and they are produced by De Smet. Today Heineken International owns the brewery.


Weltenberg Abbey Brewery

It exists since 1050, Kelheim, Germany, and has 14 varieties of beer. It also began as a monastery, mainly founded in the year 620, the oldest in Bavaria. The abbey has been in operation since 1913 and it is possible to visit it and buy beer.


Weihenstephan Brewery

Originally from Bavaria and has existed since 1040. In 768 the monastery began to produce beer because in the vicinity of the monastery there was a hop garden. The Weihenstephan Brewery is the oldest continuously operating brewery in the world.


Other older breweries in the world include

Hubertus Brewery (1454),

Spaten Brewery (1397),

Stella Artois (1366),

Franziskaner Weissbier (1363)

or Augustiner-Bräu (1328).



Don’t drink and drive. Enjoy responsibly.

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