According to a journal entry from 1636, farm workers in the colony of Quebec not only received an allowance of flour, lard, oil, vinegar, and codfish; they were also given “a chopine of cider a day or a quart of beer.”
Erdinger is the largest weissbier brewery in the world…and they’re still independent.
Munich’s “Big Six” are: Augustiner, Hacker-Pschorr, Hofbrau, Lowenbrau, Paulaner & Spaten (Franziskaner). Unfortunately, only one is still OWNED by Bavarians.
Lowenbrau was produced by Miller in the US before 2002 under contract. Since then, they produce out of Germany for the US market. Ironically, since 2003, the brand is owned – along with Spaten/Franziskaner among Munich’s “Big 6” – by InBevAB, the same company that makes Budweiser.