Prost Brewing’s Pilgrimage to Germany’s Brewing Heartland

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February 24, 2014 by Prost Brewing

Franconia ("Franken" in German)

The Region of Franconia (“Franken” in German)

In the last blog, we told the tale of how the Prost team discovered the rare German specialty Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier that has been a part of the Prost Brewing German beer lineup since the beginning. This rare gem was unveiled to the Prost Brewing team in a Franconian brewery that ended up selling their antique, copper plated kettle to Prost.

Copper Plated Love at First Sight!

Copper Plated Love at First Sight!

So where is Franconia, Germany and why did the Prost Brewing team choose this area of Germany to search for their authentic German brewery? Franconia (or “Franken” in German) is nestled in the northern part of Bavaria. While Franconia is not considered an official state of Germany, its residents consider themselves separate from Bavarians.

Franconia is home to a startling diversity of beer, and is considered to be one of the most diverse brewing regions in Germany. Old breweries are commonplace in this region, acting as essential centerpieces to every small village and town in the area.

Courtesy of: Berthold Werner; In the city of Rothenburg, one of the most photographed and painted places in Germany

Courtesy of: Berthold Werner.                                   In the city of Rothenburg, one of the most photographed and painted places in Germany.

Staying true to their roots, many of these centuries old breweries operate as they always have, producing their own unique style of beer solely for their own village’s consumption and pleasure. Together these little breweries produce an alarming amount of beer, supplying more than 25% of all of the beer produced and consumed in Germany, all from this one region. It is no wonder that Franconia is widely known as Germany’s brewing heartland!

So when Prost Brewing’s team went in search of their authentic German brewery, they decided to go straight to the heart of Germany’s brewing traditions. To learn more about the brewing heritage, fine German bier, and rich history of the region of Franconia, Germany stay tuned to the coming blogs! You will be a Franconian German bier expert in no time thanks to your friends at Prost Brewing!

Note: This blog and the coming blogs on Franconia are best read with a tall glass of Altfränkisches Dunkel Bier at hand so that you can personally experience this region as you indulge in its history and unique brewing traditions!

Courtesy of: SilkTork and John White under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en.

Courtesy of: SilkTork and John White under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/deed.en.

Here’s to learning and “Prost!”-ing at the same time!….”Prost!”

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