The strong beer festival dates back to an old tradition adopted by monks during the fasting period prior to Easter. Because they had to significantly reduce their already sparse diet at this time, they brewed stronger beer that provided them with sufficient nutrients without breaking their fast. This tradition dates back to the 17th century and is therefore considerably older than the much more famous Oktoberfest.
Today, the largest and most well-known strong beer festival takes places on the Nockherberg terrace in Munich. For a long time, this site has played host to the Paulaner Brewery. Full-bodied Salvator beer is served in traditional clay jugs. The event is a real must for anyone keen to soak up some Munich tradition and learn about the art of brewing.