The roots of the Franciscan Brewery can be traced back to 1363. This year, the ‘Bräustatt bey den Franciscans’ is mentioned for the first time near the Residenz in Munich. The name is due to the Franciscan monastery, which lay diagonally opposite and with the probably ever more lively exchange took place. Spaten has been a leading exporter of German beer for more than a century. We played a crucial role in establishing the present superior worldwide reputation for German beer. The basis of our continuously expanding export figures was a healthy pioneering spirit that led us to set up a network of committed import partners at an early date. Today people all over the world take pleasure in drinking original Spaten beers, not only in the neighbouring states of France, Austria and Switzerland, but also in Italy, Spain, Scandinavia and the United States.