Some might find it odd that across Europe those who took a vow of abstinence cooked up some of the finest alcoholic brews. This was the case with the Augustine monks of Munich, who began brewing beer in the early 14th century – it remains Munich oldest independent brewery. The original operation was located somewhere around the site of today’s Augustiner Grossgastätte, still the best beer hall for sampling Augustiner. The brewery, however, moved in the 19th century to Landsbergerstrasse, where it remains to this day, the brewery tavern one of the capital’s best. Among connoisseurs, Augustiner is regarded as the finest of Munich’s lagers.