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Braucommune in Freistadt (Freistädter Brauhaus brewpub)

Freistadt, Oberösterreich, Österreich
  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups

Fresh beer with a long history
Braucommune 1770
On 31 December 1770, the contract to purchase a plot of land outside the town, the so-called “Stadtschreibergärten”, was finally signed between the municipality and the citizens of Freistadt. This laid the foundation for the construction of a new brewery, which was built between 1770 and 1780. To protect their interests, the owners of the 149 houses in Freistadt’s town centre who held brewing rights joined together to form the “Braucommune in Freistadt” community association.

The shares held by the investors in the brewery were calculated in buckets (a bucket being an old measure of beer, equivalent to around 56 litres), with its total share capital (6,390 buckets) being divided unequally among the brewery’s 149 shareholders. As a result, the land register guarantees each house at least 15 buckets with the option to purchase additional shares up to a maximum of 140 buckets.

Europe’s only brewing community
The rights and obligations assumed by the “Freistädter Braucommunisten” (members of the Freistadt brewing community) back in 1770 remain unchanged to this day and are still valid. The “Commune” as a legal form for a company is entered as such in the commercial register even now and is believed to be the last of its kind in Europe.

The Braucommune today
The Braucommune in Freistadt is one of 22 commercial breweries in Upper Austria and the largest brewery in the Mühlviertel region. Each year, it produces around 60,000 hl of Freistädter beer, around 20,000 hl of Freistädter lemonade and around 15,000 hl of commercial goods.

Why not visit our beer shop, too?
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Everything our fans could want – from clothing to specialities from the region, branded merchandise and doormats! Our beer shop in Freistadt offers a huge selection of tasty treats and gifts from the home of beer, perfect for fans of Freistädter beer and budding devotees.

Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 noon

Closing day
  • Sunday
  • holiday
Accessibility / arrival

By car:
From Linz, continue on the Mühlkreis motorway (A7) in the direction of Prague (40 km)
From the Czech border, head towards Linz (15 km)

By train:
From Linz to Freistadt railway station (3 km outside the centre) on the Summerau railway line
Linz railway station–Freistadt

Travelling by public transport
Route planner for independent travellers
  • Toilet facility
  • Diaper room
  • Children's corner (indoors)
  • Playground (outdoors)
Food and drink available

Freistädter Brauhaus brewpub, open daily from 9 a.m. (serving hot food all day)

  • Shop
Guided tour

Guided tours daily from Monday to Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. (fixed appointments). Price per person with a free gift: €8.00. Tour takes about an hour, including beer tasting. Minimum group size 8 people, maximum 30 people. Larger groups will be split (but two groups can still start at the same time). No tours possible on public holidays. Booking required – please call +43 7942 75777 or email bierakademie@freistaedter-bier.at.

General price information

Public guided tour:
Every Thursday at 2 p.m.
No booking required!

For private groups:
Monday to Saturday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Minimum 8 people (groups of 31 or more people will be split)
We reserve the right to combine small groups.
Group bookings on request.

Tour lasting approximately 2 hours: €12.00 (including VAT) per head, including beer tasting and a free gift from our beer shop.

Book directly with the Brauhaus brewpub using the booking form HERE (in German only).

Payment methods
Debit and credit cards
American Express
ATM card
Diners Club
Other payment methods
Cash payment
Discounts (Age-related / Groups)
  • Children
  • Student groups with school class
  • Seniors
  • Handicapped
  • Groups
  • AMA Genuss Region quality seal
other cooperations and memberships

Mühlviertler Wirtshauskultur (Mühlviertel Innkeepers’ Association)

  • All weather
  • Suitable for groups
  • Suitable for single travelers
  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter

Suitable for wheelchairs: Not all of the legally stipulated ÖNORM are complied with. In principle, this object is suitable for wheelchairs and no assistance is necessary.

  • ground level accessible
other information
  • path width (min. 150 cm)
  • door width (min. 80 cm)
  • handicapped accessible lift
  • lift door access area with 150 cm depth
  • lift size (cabin width > 110cm, depth >140cm
  • lift door width minimum 80 cm
  • The elevator touch panel is at 85 cm height
  • Entrance to the building
  • Restaurant / coffee shop
  • Toilet facility for disabled people


Braucommune in Freistadt (Freistädter Brauhaus brewpub)
Brauhausstraße 2
4240 Freistadt

Phone +43 7942 75777
E-Mail office@freistaedter-bier.at
Web www.freistaedter-bier.at
Web www.freistaedter-bier.at/brauhaus/

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Braucommune in Freistadt
Brauhausstraße 2
4240 Freistadt

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