Germany’s Ancient Beer Treasures

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April 12, 2013 by Prost Brewing


The oldest archaeological evidence of brewing in all of Central Europe is located in Germany in the form of an earthenware amphora from around 800 B.C.E..  The amphora was found in the small Northern village of Kasendorf filled with residues of black wheat ale flavored with oak leaves.  The amphora was most likely the creation of the forest-dwelling germanii.

Amphora from village of Kasendorf, now exhibited at the "Bavarian Beer Museum" in Kulmbach

Amphora from village of Kasendorf, now exhibited at the “Bavarian Beer Museum” in Kulmbach

Indeed, not surprisingly, Germans are noted for being the first Europeans to make beer.  Although, their original beer was quite different from the beer you would find in any German beer hall in today.  The very very old German traditions utilized half-baked loaves of bread that they crumbled into water and let sit until yeast from the surrounding environment settled into the mix, leading to the creation of of a fermented gruel.  As one might expect, this mixture was rather murky and sour, most likely lacking any appeal for the modern beer drinker, but still was technically beer made from the same basic ingredients of beer today.

From this little tidbit of beer history, one might begin to grasp the impressive depth of German beer traditions that are still thriving today.  In our modern, industrially dominated food world, tradition is often pushed to the back burner in order to increase production or appeal for the newest trend.  Fortunately, breweries such as Prost Brewing in Denver are committed to preserving these old German traditions, sticking to making the quality beer that is the result of centuries of refinement.

When you drink a German brew at Prost you may not be drinking a glass of fermented gruel that the forest-dwelling germanii drank (you can make this at home), but you will be drinking a brew that contains a slice of Germany’s rich brewing history.  At Prost, we are improving upon the present by preserving some of Germany’s treasures from the past.


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