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Enjoy Maifest at Hofbräuhaus Chicago

• Hofbräuhaus Chicago in Rosemont has been hosting Maifest through May 31 to celebrate the awaited spring. It offers house beers brewed by a German micro-brewery with 400 years of tradition. Especially during the festival, the restaurant serves Maibock beer.

• The restaurant also offers Hofbräu Original Lager, which is the ambassador to the world for Munich as the city of beer, and Hofbräu Dunkel, which was the first type of beer brewed at Hofbräuhaus when it was founded. Hofbräu Hefe Weizen, with rich foam and hazy antique gold color, will refresh beer lovers.

• Another delight is delectable selections of traditional Bavarian food including Paprika Pork “Geschnetzeltes”, Bier Gulash, Braised Pork Shanks, Smokehouse Platter and Rinder Rouladen, all served by Dirndl-wearing waitresses.
• Almost all items on the menu are produced on-site with genuine ingredients. The ingredients, which are not available locally, are all imported from Germany. For example, pretzels are prepared and frozen in Germany and shipped to Montrose. Being fluffy and browned on the outside, the pretzel is a must item in Hofbräuhaus.
• The restaurant also entertains its guests with authentic Bavarian entertainment, live music, and games.

• History of the Hofbräuhaus

• In 1589, Wilhelm V, Duke of Bavaria, dissatisfied with the beer that was being brewed locally, retained a brewmaster to create a rich brown ale that both suited his palate and followed the rigorous “Bavarian Beer Purity Law.” Beer was considered a basic foodstuff at that time, as well as a beauty treatment for the ladies of the court. They consumed seven liters of beer daily.
• Beer from the Hofbräuhaus, which means official brewery for the Duke’s court, quickly gained popularity. In 1602, a wheat beer was developed at the request of Wilhelm’s son and successor Duke Maximilian I.

• By 1607, the need for 38,000 gallons each year necessitated a move to larger brewing quarters, so Munich’s Hofbräuhaus was built in its current location. In 1828, responding to complaints from Munich’s citizens that they were not permitted to enjoy the Hofbräuhaus beer from the royal brewery. Ludwig I issued a decree granting a license for the beer and cuisine to be served publicly in the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, so that citizens could have opportunity to lift steins at the same table as the gentry. The Hofbräuhaus Inn was opened and attracted millions of people each year.

• During the Thirty Years War when the Swedes occupied Munich, they struck a deal with city leaders. For not pillaging and plundering the city, they promised to leave peacefully if they were given 362 buckets of Hofbräuhaus beer.
• In 1780, Mozart credited the Hofbräuhaus with providing him the strength to write his opera “Idomeneo.”

• On October 12, 1810, the wedding of Ludwig involved all the citizens of Munich. The celebration grew into the Oktoberfest.

• In January 1823, Hofbräuhaus beer was used to extinguish a fire at the Munich Opera House when firefighters discovered their water supply was frozen.

• In 1935, composer Wiga Gabriel and lyricist Klaus Siegfried Richter wrote the famous Hofbräuhaus song “In Munich there’s a Hofbräuhaus – one, two, and down the hatch.

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• Hofbräuhaus Chicago
• 5500 Park Place
• Rosemont, IL
• Hours
• Sun-Wed: 11 am to 11 pm
• Thu: 11 am to midnight
• Fri-Sat: 11 am to 2 am

• Live Entertainment
• Sun: 12 pm to 4 pm & 5 pm to 11 pm
• Mon-Thu: 5 pm to 11 pm
• Fri: 6 pm to 1 am
• Sat: 12 pm to 5 pm & 6 pm to 1 am

• Parking
• Valet or MB Financial Park Parking
• Parking fee is free with validation at Hofbräuhaus except Valet