• 1363 - Franziskaner's roots can be traced back to 1363. It was in this year that the brewer Seidel Vaterstetter is first mentioned as the owner of the 'brewery next to the Franciscans' in the Munich Residenzstrasse. The name 'Franziskaner' derives from the Franciscan monastery diagonally across the street.
  • 1841 - The Franziskaner Brewery moves to Lilienberg in Munich's eastern suburb of Au. In the same year Augustin Deiglmayr, a son-in-law of Spaten's owner Gabriel Sedlmayr the Elder, buys the Residenzstrasse brewery.
  • 1861 - Joseph Sedlmayr, owner of the Leist Brewery (probably founded in the 15th century) and son of Spaten's Gabriel Sedlmayr the Elder, buys out August Deiglmayr, with whom he has been co-running the Residenzstrasse brewery since 1858.
  • 1865 - The Leist Brewery in Sendlinger Strasse stops its brewing operations, which are now left entirely to the Franziskaner Brewery.
  • 1872 - 'Ur-Märzen', the amber-colored Oktoberfest beer from Franziskaner-Leist, is served for the first time at the Schottenhamel Tent on the Oktoberfest fairgrounds. Brewed from a Viennese recipe, this golden-yellow beer is stronger than the summer beer.
  • 1909 - Gabriel Sedlmayr III, the son of Joseph Sedlmayr, turns the Franziskaner-Leist Brewery into a family-owned joint stock company, the 'Joseph Sedlmayr Zum Franziskanerkeller (Leistbräu) AG'.
  • 1922 - The Franziskaner-Leist Brewery and the Spaten Brewery, likewise owned by the Sedlmayr family, unite to form a single joint stock company, the 'Gabriel und Joseph Sedlmayr Spaten-Franziskaner-Leistbräu AG', in order to combat the economic problems of the crisis-ridden postwar years and to capitalize on synergies.
  • 1935 - The Munich artist Ludwig Hohlwein designs the company's distinctive trademark, which is still used today. The Franciscan Friar continues to stand for the unsurpassed quality of Franziskaner's premium weiss beer.
  • 1984 - Franziskaner starts expanding its nationwide channels of distribution. The success to date proves the rightness of its decision.
  • 1997 - To remain at the cutting edge of brewing technology, Franziskaner gives top priority to the ongoing modernization of its production and bottling facilities.
  • 2000 - Today Franziskaner weiss beers are produced and bottled in one of the world's most modern production plants.
    At the turn of the millennium Franziskaner is one of the market leaders in the weiss beer sector, a clear indication of the popularity of this premium weiss beer.
  • 2003 - In the 2002/2003 brewing year, Franziskaner once again increases its sales volume and exceeds the magical figure of 1 million hectolitres (26.4 million gallons) for the first time. Despite a general decline on the German beer market, Franziskaner Weissbier thus makes a considerable contribution to the positive development of the Weissbier segment, securing its position as the global No. 3 on the Weissbier market.
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