Weihenstephaner is the oldest active brewery in the world, founded in 1040 by a community of Benedictine Monks in the Bavarian city of Freising a few kilometers from Munich. The Weihenstephan Monastery was destroyed and rebuilt on more than 4 occasions during the period between 1085 and 1463. During the German confiscation all the church’s properties were transferred to the Bavarian State, and in 1853 the School of Agriculture and Beer was founded, mutating into the Center for Life and Food Sciences in 1919.
Currently it continues to be a university headquarters and a beer and cheese factory. Weihenstephan is one of the first universities in the world to offer regulated studies where the Master Brewer degree can be taken.