The Staatliches Hofbräuhaus in München is a brewery in Munich, Germany, owned by the Bavarian state government. The Hof (court) comes from the brewery's history as a royal brewery in the Kingdom of Bavaria.The brewery owns the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl, the Hofbräukeller and the second largest tent at the Oktoberfest (Hofbräu-Festzelt).The Hofbräuhaus in Munich inspired the song "oans, zwoa, g'suffa" (The Bavarian dialect for: "one, two, drink").
Hofbräuhaus Outside Munich
The demand for Hofbräuhäuser in other parts of the World began almost immediately after World War Two. After World War Two, the Hofbräuhaus quickly became Munich's number one tourist attraction. First, hundreds of American soldiers stationed in Munich began to bring home the famous clay mugs with the famous HB symbol. Celebrities such as Louis Armstrong, Mikhail Gorbachev, NASA astronauts, even future presidents such as George H. W. Bush visited the Hofbräuhaus while in Munich. After Munich's world famous Oktoberfest (where the Hofbräu has one of the largest beer tents) the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl is Munich's most outstanding tourist attraction and historical monument. Since October 2005, there has been a Hofbräuhaus in Hamburg, Germany. In October 2008, a Hofbräuhaus in Bremen, Germany, was opened. There are also Hofbräuhäuser in Regensburg, Kaiserslautern, and Berchtesgaden.
Hofbräuhaus has been operating in Melbourne, Australia, since 1968. Hofbräuhaus franchises have been opened in the several places in the United States of America, including the first in Newport, Kentucky, which opened in 2003. Las Vegas, Nevada; Miami Beach, Florida; Chicago, Illinois; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, later followed. There is also a Hofbräuhaus in West Springfield, Massachusetts, and a Hofbräu Beer Garden in Panama City Beach, Florida and Milwaukee, WI. A location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, opened on March 16, 2009, in the historic South Side of the city; a location in New York City opened in March 2011, near Grand Central Station in Manhattan (BierHaus - 712 3rd Avenue,New York, NY 10017); and a location in Houston, Texas also opened in March 2011 in the Midtown area.
The first Hofbräuhaus in Europe outside Germany was opened in Genoa, Italy, see Hofbräuhaus Genova. There is also a Hofbräuhaus in Stockholm, Sweden. The Marriott International in Dubai has licensed the brand and has opened a restaurant in their hotel. The Hofbräuhaus Seoul was the first Hofbräuhaus in Asia. There was also a franchise at the Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first full-scale replica of the world famous beer hall anywhere in the world. Visitors familiar with the Hofbräuhaus in Munich will recognize the affinity immediately, right down to the picture of Duke Wilhelm V, the founder of the original Hofbräuhaus in 1589, prominently displayed in the main hall.