Starkbierzeit literally translates to "strong beer season." It is a two week celebration that takes place in March every year, during the period of Lent. Its origins date back to the Paulaner monks, who during the Lenten fast were only allowed to drink (not eat). The Paulaner monks were already exceptional brewmasters, and during Lent they would brew a stronger version (nearly 8-9% abv) of their dark beer that they called doppelbock (literally "double" bock). The beer was sweeter and more nourishing than the regular bock, and thus perfectly suited for making it through Lent.
Now the people of Munich celebrate Starkbierzeit every year. The Paulaner beer hall on Nockherberg remains the center of the celebration, but all the beer halls in Munich participate. The famous Paulaner brewery produces the original doppelbock called Salvator, and other breweries in Munich follow suit, following the naming convention by ending their brews with "ator".
|The Paulaner beer hall in Nockherberg|
|At Augustinerkeller (faces cropped out to protect the innocent)|