Andechser Doppelbock: Germany’s Most Perfect Beer, Available in Philly For The First Time Ever At Brauhaus Schmitz


When a bar as highly respected as Brauhaus Schmitz emails an announcement prefaced with, “This is a pretty huge release for us,” even we jaded food journos tend to stop midway to our delete buttons to take a closer look.

In this case, the press release – which elicited, from me at least, a cry of, “Holy fuck!” — was more than worth the read. That’s because for the next year, Brauhaus will be the only Philadelphia location to carry on draft what some consider to be Germany’s most perfect and sought-after doppelbock.

Travelers from around the world make pilgrimages up a holy mountain near Munich to visit Andechs monastery for two reasons: religious artifacts and beer. Benedictine monks have been brewing beer there since 1455 but have never sold it in the United States. But beginning tonight at 7 o’clock, Brauhaus will be the first place outside New York to carry kegs of the Andechser Doppelbock, helles and dunkles weissbier.

After months of working and waiting on the kegs to come through, Brauhaus co-owner Doug Hager said in a statement, “This is a big one. If you are a German beer lover and have been to Munich a couple times you have probably tried this beer or made the journey to the Monastery itself. It truly is an amazing place.”

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  • beerbeer

    Is this for an event, or will the beer be available there from now on?

  • Michael Schweisheimer

    Seriously, this is the best news I have heard in a while. I’ve been to Kloister Andechs, and the beer won’t be the same without the location, but its still amazing.

  • Furby

    I’ve been to Andechs Monastery (this past year). It’s a great place. Food is good, and beer is better. The town is very small and more of a “sleepy” town. But the monastery is great.