The Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu GmbH is a brewery in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It is owned by the Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe which is part of the Belgian company Anheuser-Busch InBev. Its products are beers of the brands Spaten and Franziskaner.
Franziskaner dates back to the oldest privately-owned brewery in Munich in 1363.
History of Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu
In 1397, the Welser Prew was alluded to for the first time in Munich. The ownership changed often until 1854, when the brewery moved to the location it still uses today. In 1867 it became the largest brewery in town and in 1909 began to deliver beer to North America. In 1922, the Spaten-Brauerei and Franziskaner-Leist-Bräu united to form a joint stock company. In 1924 the advertising slogan "Lass Dir raten, trinke Spaten" (literally "Let yourself be advised, drink Spaten") was invented. It is still in use today. The brewery reached the production of 1 million hectoliters (852,168 barrels or 21,996,925 gallons) in 1992.
In 1997 the brewery combined with the Löwenbräu AG to form the Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe. The Spaten-Löwenbräu-Gruppe was sold to Interbrew in 2003. In 2004 Interbrew and the Brazilian Companhia de Bebidas das Américas (AmBev) united to form InBev. The brewhouse in the Marsstraße in Munich was closed due to a lack of workload in 2006 and is now the museum of the company.
"Spaten" means spade in German, and the symbol of the brand is a malt shovel. "Franziskaner" means Franciscan, the picture on the label is of a friar. Spaten Brewery is also regarded as the originator of the Munchener Oktoberfestbier or Marzen style.