[Picture: Kriek, a beer brewed with cherries]In Europe, beer largely remained a homemaker's activity, made in the home in
medieval times. The oldest still operating commercial brewery is the
Weihenstephan (Bavaria) abbey brewery, which obtained the brewing rights from the nearby town
of Freising. By the 14th and 15th centuries, beer making was gradually changing
from a family-oriented activity to an artisan one, with pubs and monasteries
brewing their own beer for mass consumption.