In the almost 400 hundred year brewing history of Klosterbrauerei Ettal has there ever been such major changes in the German beer market as in recent years.
This has lead to a polarization in the ways breweries operate. On one side lie the large brewing conglomerates, that are being run by large centralized business units, and on the other side lie a lot of small breweries. Each of the smaller breweries are of the belief that beer should be brewed locally, and that this is the brewing culture and history of Germany.
Since 1330 the monastery "Kloster Ettal" has lived and worked in accordance with the Holy Rule of St.Benedict.
The monastery's own businesses - its brewery and distilliery & farming - have provided the funds to sustains its centuries old buildings, art treasures and educational facilities since 1609.
Klosterbrauerei Ettal is one of the very last remaining authentic German monastic breweries still operated and managed by its "true" owners, the monks of the Holy Rule of St.Benedict since the year 1330. The Ettaler brewery still operates based on monastic principles in both its brewing tradition and commerce.