Written by Franz Hofer for A Tempest in a Tankard
KING MAX AND THE HUNGRY BEER GARDEN PATRON
A refreshing beer and a meal in the cooling shade of the beer garden: Itâ€™s a beloved rite of spring and summer that dates back to early nineteenth-century Bavaria. For several years, the citizens of Munich had taken to spending more of their time (and cash) during the warmer months at the beer cellars along the banks of the Isar, preferring these shaded chestnut groves to the stuffy inns where the beer was decidedly less fresh. Innkeepers were incensed and petitioned King Maximilian I. Joseph of Bavaria (1806â€“1825) to do something to stop these dastardly brewers from serving beer garden food.
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