City - Around Düsseldorf
|This a short list of the breweries in and around Düsseldorf and the
beers which they sell. The local brewers, especially the smaller ones, have
done good work in helping to maintain the tradition of top-fermented beer.
Sales of Alt fell worryingly between 2001 and 2005 - almost 30% - much more than the beer market as a whole. If this trend continues, I would expect another of the industrial brewers to close.
Breweries large and smallAs everywhere in the German brewing industry, consolidation, especially amongst the middle-sized breweries, continues. Gatzweiler was bought and quickly closed by the Oettinger Brauerei, production moving to the Hannen brewery Mönchengladbach. When Schlösser, a subsidiary of Brau & Brunnen, closed in 2003, Frankenheim became the only industrial-strength brewery in Düsseldorf.
Luckily, this process has not affected the small Altbier brewers - Füchschen, Schlüssel, Schumacher, Uerige - who continue much as before. Given their central role in Düsseldorf life, it's hard to imagine the city without them.
|The largest altbier brewers - alt production (in hectolitres)|
|3||Hannen (incl. Gatzweiler)||300,000*||275,000||150,000*||130,000*|
|6||Oettinger (brewed outside NRW)||N.A.||31,000||90,000*||105,000*|
|Other (within NRW)||398,012||316,621|
Years 2001 and 2002: Brauwelt 43/2003 (p.1300)
Years 2004 and 2005: Brauwelt 22-23/2003 (p.646)
|This is a list of the breweries in the city itself. It includes the four long-established brewpubs, the large commercial breweries plus a couple of more recently-opened brewpubs.|
Annual production: 34,000 hl (2005)
The Schumacher family moved into the brewing business in 1838 when Joh. Matthias Schumacher bought the "Im Sonnenaufgang“ brewery at Citadellstr. 12. His son, Ferdinand Schumacher I, moved the operation to Oststrasse on (what was then) the edge of town in 1871. They're still there today, despite the total destruction of the pub by bombs in 1943.
In 1955 Ferdinand Schumacher III sold the brewery to his nephew, Hans Schnitzler. The Schnitzler family continue to operate the brewery.
Annual production: 545,000 hl (2002), 465,000 (2004)
in May 2005 Warsteiner bought 60% of the shares. The remaining 40% are still owned by Paul Frankenheim.
|Brauerei Im Füchschen
Annual production: 17,000 hl
Annual production: +- 2,500 hl *** CLOSED ***
Subsidiary of Gebr. Gatzweiler.
It looks like this is what we got in return for the closure of the industrial strength Gatzweiler brewery (see below): a brewpub. Doesn't appear to have been around for long.
Annual production: +- 400,000 hl *** CLOSED ***
Seems to have been taken over and closed by Hannen. The brand, for the time being, seems to live on, emerging from the parent company's plant in Mönchengladbach. The ultimate owner of both is Brauhaus Oettingen (Denmark's Carlsberg sold them on in 2003).
Annual production: ? hl
Owned by the Monheimer Brauerei.
I have a strong suspicion this brewery no longer exists. The brand Düssel Alt certainly does, as I can tell from its otherwise almost totally unimformative website (http://www.duesselalt.de/). They must be brewing it somewhere, but I haven't been able to discover where. If you know E-mail me here .
Annual production: 800 hl
Part of the Joh. Albrecht chain of brewpubs.
Annual production: 255,000 hl (2002) *** CLOSED ***
Subsidiary of Brau & Brunnen.
The brewery closed in 2003.
Tel. 0211 - 326155
Fax: 0211 - 135 159
Annual production: 17,500 hl (2005)
Subsidiary of Gatzweiler.
Annual production: 20,000 hl (2005)
Brewpub. Twice a year - the third Tuesday in January and October - a stronger beer, called "Sticke" (it's a dialect word meaning "secret", related to the Dutch word "stiekem"), is tapped in Uerige. It's a lot heavier and sweeter than the standard alt. Personally, I prefer the latter. Each brew can be different, so don't assume it will always be the above strength. What is certain, is that it sells for the same price as the standard Alt.
About half of the beer produced is sold in the brewpub itself.
|This is a list of other breweries close to Düsseldorf (yes, I am well enough acquainted with geography to know this can't really be applied to Hamburg) whose beers are listed in the pubs section.|
|Bitburger Brauerei Th. Simon GmbH
Tel: 06561 - 140
Fax: 06561 - 142 289
Annual production: 4,870,00 hl (2003), 4,130,000 hl (2004)
Bitburger Gruppe. A one product brewery.
BOSCH GmbH & Co OHG
57334 Bad Laasphe.
Tel: 02752 - 47620
Fax: 02752 - 476244
Lütgendortmunder Hellweg 242,
Tel: 0231 - 61 83-01
Fax: 0231 - 61 83-300
Annual production: 2,500,000 hl (capacity)
The former Dortmunder Union-Brauerei (DUB), which in the 1960's was Germany's largest brewery. It merged with Dortmunder Ritter in 1995. The name was changed to Brauerei Brinkhoff in 2002. The current brewery is on the former Dortmunder Ritter site.
You can't accuse Brinkoff of the same sin as DAB - too many similar pale lagers - because they've stripped their beer range to the bones. No surpise that there was no room for the beer that made the brewery famous: an Export.
It's great to see the classic "brewing mistake" story used to explain the origin of DUB's first pale lager in 1887. According to their website, the brewer "accidentally" used pils malt. Total load of bollocks, if you ask me. What was the malt doing in the brewery if they weren't going to use it to brew a pale beer? In the 19th century dark lagers were made from 100% dark malt. As pils malt was quite a bit more expensive, they must have deliberately bought it to brew a pale lager. Anyway, only a total idiot wouldn't be able to spot the difference between pils and münchner malt at a glance.
Part of Brau & Brunnen. This has , in turn, been bought by Oetker (as has Radeberger-Gruppe) leaving all Dortmund's breweries with a single owner. Brinkhoff's will close in 2006.
Tel.: 02835 - 300
Fax: 02835 - 30 145
Annual production: +- 1,700,000 hl
The largest alt producer. It used to be the largest brewery in Germany producing only top-fermenting beer, until Interbrew took over and introduced a pils (how imaginative).
Owned by Interbrew.
Tel.: 0231 - 84 00 - 0
Fax: 0231 - 84 00 - 34 0
Annual production: 3,600,000 hl (2001) 4,000,000 (capacity)
I was very disappointed when I discovered what the "Actien" in the brewery's name meant. They brew an astonishing range of pale lagers of pretty much the same strength. The identical specifications of the DAB and Kronen Pilsener/Export/Classic leads me to suspect that they are the same beers.
In 1983 a new brewery was built on the old Hansa site to brew both the DAB and Hansa beers. The Kronen brewery was closed in 1997.
The brewery was bought by Binding Brauerei in 1991 and is now part of the Radeberger-Gruppe. This has , in turn, been bought by Oetker (as has Brau & Brunnen) leaving all Dortmund's breweries under one ownership. Brinkhoff's is due to close in 2006 and production will transfer to the DAB plant.
Tel: 02151 - 60 15 39
Fax: 02151 - 80 28 05
A small brewery that is refreshing in its enthusiam for top-fermenting and in making a range of styles at the same time. It's been in the possession of the August Gleumes family since 1896.
There is a brewery tap (which I assume is at the same address as the brewery):
Tel: 02161 - 66670
Fax: 02161 - 667 326
Annual production: 1,195,000 hl
Owned by the Oettinger Brauerei. It has taken over the brewing of Gatzweiler's since that brewery was closed.
The Hannen and Gatz Alt brands are owned by Carlsberg and will most likely be moved to another of the group's German breweries.
Werner Wulfert Brauhaus GmbH,
Tel. 0209 - 208 531
Fax: 0209 - 146 677
Annual production: 1,500 hl
Tel.: 040 - 381 010
Fax.: 040 - 381 01222
Annual production: 8,500,000 hl (2001 - whole Holsten group)
Germany's largest brewing group. Now part of Carlsberg, though some breweries of the old Holsten group (the König-Brauerei and Licher) have been sold on to Bitburger.
Hoher Wall 5-7,
Tel.: 0231 / 91 45 47 0
Fax.: 0231 / 91 45 47 20
Brewpub owned by Dortmunder Actien Brauerei. They brew various seasonal beers brewed to recipes from the archive.
- Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Friedrich - Ebert - Str. 255 - 263,
Tel.: 0203 4550
Fax: 0203 4552515
Annual production: 2,300,000 hl (2000)
A subsidiary of Bitburger, having been sold on by Holsten after their takeover by Carlsberg.
An der Königsbach 8,
Tel: 0261 - 13970
Fax: 0261 - 1397 222
Annual production: hl
There is a Brauerei-Ausschank at the same address
Open Mon-Sun 10:30 - open end.
Tel. 0261 - 915650
Brauerei Bernhard Schadeberg
Hagener Straße 261,
Tel.: 02732 - 8800
Fax: 02732 - 880 254
Annual production: 5,440,000 hl (2003), 5,518,000 hl (2004)
Independent brewery. Germany's biggest-selling beer brand.
Annual production: 30,000 hl
Tel: 0251 - 451 51 or 451 52
Fax: 0251 - 571 36
Annual production: 23,000 hl (2003)
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Tel. 0203 - 281000
Fax: 0203 - 21010
Annual production: 1,500 hl
Jacob Stauder GmbH & Co. KG
Tel: 0049 - 201 36160
Fax: 0049 - 201 3616 133
Independent brewery. Still run by members of the Stauder family (6th generation).
C. & A. Veltins GmbH & Co.
An der Streue,
Tel.: 02934 - 9590
Fax: 02934 - 959 493
Annual production: 2,372,900 hl (2001)
In 1926 decided only to brew pils.
Tel.: 02902 - 88 0
Fax: 02902 - 88 12 99
Annual production: 5,677,000 hl (2000), 5,600,000 hl (2004)
Germany's second largest beer brand (after Krombacher).
Tel: 0231 52 75 48
Fax: 0231 52 75 49
A brewpub on the site of the original Dortmunder Kronen brewery.
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