Styria is the centre of the iron trade in Austria, and, as in other ironworking areas in Europe, beer was at the centre of the region’s social life. It is claimed that the Gősser brewery in Leoben originated in 1010 ad when a Benedictine abbey was established in the city. Certainly brewing has a long history in the locality, but while the brewery occupies buildings that were once part of the abbey, they date only from the 1860s. The museum displays many aspects of the history of brewing, steam engines, pumps, copper vessels, advertisements, glasses, bottles and bottling machinery. Visits to the museum can be combined with tours of the adjacent modern brewery.