The Secret German Capital of Beer

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March 7, 2014 by Prost Brewing

Historical View of Kulmbach

Historical View of Kulmbach

Besides spawning the beer that is conditioned in cool cellars and caves known commonly today as Kellerbier, the region of Franconia, Germany has a treasure chest of historical brewing relics. These relics are located in the unassuming town of Kulmbach, just 35 minutes east of the city of Bamberg. While Bamberg is the well-known capital of beer, recognized worldwide for having the most breweries per capita of any city in Germany, Kulmbach is the secret German capital of beer.

Modern-day Kulmbach; Courtesy of: Mike aus dem Bayerwald under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en.

Modern-day Kulmbach; Courtesy of: Mike aus dem Bayerwald under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/de/deed.en.

On first appearance, Kulmbach is just another quintessential town of Franconia, complete with a mighty castle towering on a hill above the town, and an ancient watch tower that has told the time since around 1300 or so, and it’s still ticking. What you don’t see upon first glance, is the town’s rich brewing history that has been fermenting for as long as the ancient watch tower’s clock has been ticking away. Indeed, Kulmbach’s brewing history dates all the way back to around 1349 when the town’s monks from Kulmbach’s Mönchshof (monastery) supposedly began producing their soon to be prized beer. Thus, the smell of wort has been in the air in this town for at least 600 years, as long as the monks have called Kulmbach their home. With centuries of brewing under their belts, the town’s breweries have had plenty of time to experiment. Thus, it is not surprising that Kulmbach is known for having more than 20 varieties of beer, including one style said to be one of the strongest beers in the world.

To tell the story of brewing in Kulmbach and in the surrounding regions of Bavaria, Germany, the town maintains the Bavarian Brewery & Bakery Museum, known in German as “Bayerisches Brauerei-und Bäckereimuseum.” Unbeknownst to many, this little museum contains the oldest brewing relics in Germany in the form of brewing vessels that are thought to be more than 2,800 years old.

Kulmbach during the yearly Beer Festival; Courtesy of Diabas under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en.

Kulmbach during the yearly Beer Festival; Courtesy of Diabas under the license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en.

While you may not be able to jump on a plane to this secret German capital of beer, you most certainly may jump into a seat at Prost Brewing’s beer hall to experience a taste of authentic Bavarian brews made with a brew kettle that comes straight from a brewery that was located in a Franconian village just 39 minutes away from Kulmbach! Now for another “Prost!” to Franconia, a region that’s devotion to brewing beer has gave way to some of the world’s most beloved beer styles still drank in abundance at Prost Brewing every day!

The “Prost-ing” awaits you at Prost!

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