Oldest working brewery
Weihenstephan Abbey
Germany ()

The oldest working brewery is Weihenstephan Abbey in Bavaria, Germany. Founded in the early 8th century AD, the site was originally a Benedictine monastery. It was granted a brewing license in 1040 AD, and has been producing beer ever since. Oddly enough, the world’s second oldest working brewery is just a short car journey away. Weltenburg Abbey lies 60 km north, near Kelheim, also in Bavaria. It began brewing beer just after Weihenstephan, in 1050 AD.