History of beer in Germany
Beer is one of the most important parts of German culture, being Germany the 3rd country in the world in beer comsumption, just after Czech Republic and Austria. Beer making in Germany is also heavily influenced by the Reinheitsgebot—also labelled as the German Beer Purity Law—that was enforced in 1516, limiting the ingredients that could be used to produce beer to four—water, barley, hops and yeast.
Although the law was repealed in 1987, it still heavily influences beer industry in Germany, dominated by wheat beer—syles as Weizenbock, Wheat Ale, Witbier or Berliner Weisse. This has limited the influence of the craft beer movement until recently new breweries like Freigeist Bierkultur, BRLO or Camba Bavaria have emerged claiming a mixture between revisiting old forgotten styles and brewing international styles.
Brewers from Germany
Freigeist Bierkultur is a brewery from Cologne (Germany), founded by Sebastian Sauer. The brewery was founded after Sebastian started working with Peter Esser at restaurant Helios Braustelle. They decided to brew a beer, and they decided for a Lichtenhainer, and old forgotten german beer style.
Since then, the motto of the brewery is to bring old styles back to life. They have recovered dead styles like Adambian—a style that became extinct in the 1960s mixing top and bottom fermentation—or Grodzinsk—an old Polish style that had been off the market for 20 years.
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1. Freigeist Bierkultur
BRLO is a German brewery founded in Berlin in 2014 by Katharina Kurz, Christian Laase and brewmaster Michael Lembke. Its name comes from the Slavic word brlo that means swampland and is in the origin of the name Berlin. Their motto is to bring new styles to Germany, a very restrictive nation when it comes to craft beer due to the 1516 German Beer Purity Law—Reinheitsgebot—, but also to reinterpret traditional German styles as Berliner Weisse or Gose. They have a brewgarden in the center of Berlin, the BRLO Brwhouse.
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Camba Bavaria is a German brewery founded in 2008. The brewery is located in an old traditional Bavarian mill. The name camba comes from the Latin word that denominates the brewing facilities that can be found in a monastery, and it also means brew kettle in old Celtic language.
Even though Bavaria is one of the most traditionalists states within Germany, Camba Bavaria brews international styles and makes innovative brews, as well as traditional Bavarian styles.
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3. Camba Bavaria
Ayinger is a brewery from the city of Aying, in Bavaria (Germany). It was founded as a family brewery in 1878 por Johan Liebhard, and they did not start exporting outside of the city until they bought their first track in 1927. Nowadays they brew around 140.000 hl each year, mainly classic german styles like their Celebrator, considered the best Doppelbock in the world.
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