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17th December 2014
Rosi Kagert has informed me Zur Alten Brauerei in Belgern does indeed brew.
16th December 2014
No specific news to report today, just a few additional entries on the cuckoo page.
15th December 2014
Does anyone know anything about Kugelbräu in Agawang, near Kutzenhausen? It appears to be a well-equipped hobby brewery rather than anything more professional but it is getting difficult to tell these days.
I got a bit carried away yesterday. It is tomorrow Zum Rittmeister will begin selling house-brewed beer, not today.
14th December 2014
In the absence of any other news (and to extend my run of consecutive days updates to thirty-nine) I'm reminding you the first house-brewed beers go on sale at Zum Rittmeister in Kemnitz tomorrow.
13th December 2014
The Gaffel brewery next to the railway just north of Köln Hauptbahnhof is set to close next summer. Production will move across the river to their Porz site during August. The latter previously brewed some of Gaffel's output but has not done for for a number of years.
12th December 2014
One tiny brewery I had been trying to confirm existed has closed. Chamer Zoiglbrauerei was in Katzberg, just north of Cham. It lasted barely a year.
11th December 2014
It appears brewing may now have ceased at Späth-Bräu in Lohberg. Filling was transferred to Löwenbrauerei Passau just over a year ago but Bierführer Ostbayern reports no beer is now made in Lohberg. I have sent the brewery an email in the forlorn hope they may reply.
10th December 2014
Somewhere I had dismissed as a hobby but which it turns out is in fact commercial is Herzogsberg Bräu in Velburg. Although the four friends who brew there do so in their spare time, one of the number is a former brewer at Winkler Bräu in Lengenfeld. The beer can usually be bought from source on Saturdays but do call in advance to ensure they have beer. Their weizen is only brewed in limited quantities.
9th December 2014
Mentioned here on a couple of occasions recently, I am now able to conform Das kleine Brauhaus in Straubing does in fact exist as a separate brewery. Bierführer Ostbayern has photographs of the mobile kettles emblazoned with the brewery name and goes on to explain around 40 brews are done each year. The two beers are normally only available bottled and the suggested place to try them is the picturesque Zur Schönen Aussicht in Bogenberg. (Paul Lockwood, Willi Reber)
8th December 2014
Today's news comes courtesy of Harald Scheider and Ralph Forster's excellent new Bierführer Ostbayern.
Schröttinger Bräu in Schrötting has closed as it just couldn't compete with the prices offered by the big boys.
As long-suspected, Brauerei Weideneder in Tann no longer brews. In fact, their beers have been made elsewhere since 2005!
7th December 2014
Does anyone know anything about Zur Alten Brauerei in Belgern? I understood it had closed or at least stopped brewing around nine years ago but I've recently spotted a couple of separate sources indicating it still brews.
6th December 2014
There's a new brewpub in Leipzig, albeit way out of the city centre in the south-western suburb of Hartmannsdorf. Zur Ratte makes a kellerbier and also offers brewing courses.
5th December 2014
One name change I had until now neglected to mention is that of 1516 WestParkBräu in Ingolstadt. It is now called Brauhaus 1516 and supplies the pub of the same name at Augsburg's main station. Do not be fooled into believing the latter brews - the single kettle there is purely decorative.
4th December 2014
The Bulzinger Brauerei in Bulzingen does indeed brew. The sole regular is Kellerbier but there is also an occasional Weizen, The beer is bottled at Adlerbrauerei in Hundersingen and can be bought from the brewery on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings (16.00-19.00) or during the day on Saturdays (10.00-15.00). It is also sold at Connys Getränkeinsel in nearby Spaichingen. (Stefan Naumann)
3rd December 2014
Andreas Pohl had confirmed his Biber Brauerei is indeed commercial.
2nd December 2014
I have tidied-up the future breweries section and dropped the following proposed breweries which I believe have little to no chance of materialising: Abbehausen, Butjenter Brauhaus; Annaberg-Buchholz, unnamed; Bayreuth, Götschel; Berlin-Lichtenberg, unnamed; Berlin-Neukölln, Brauwerkstatt; Engen, Felsenkeller; Heiligenhafen, Anno 1880; Höchstädten, Zürl Bräu (not commercial); Hornberg, Hopfenspeicher; Klarenthal, Hofgut Klarenthal; Körle, Spezialitäten Brauerei Pape; List, Bräuschiff; Merseburg, Tiefer Keller; Nordhausen, Bürgerliches Brauhaus; Otterndorf, Hadelner Bräu; Pinneberg, Brauerei zu Pinneberg; Pirna, Tanne; Pruchten, Störtebecker Hof; Rommersheim, Trinkhorn; Schwerin, Seeterrasse; Steingaden, Klosterbrauerei; Stolberg, Ketschenburg.
Berlin and Hamburg entries are now listed under the old boroughs as, frankly, those are all anyone refers to locally.
There is possibly a new opening to report in Euskirchen although I have my doubts - Biber Brauerei appears to be somewhere in between the hobby and commercial stages. I have emailed owner Andreas Pohl in the hope he can clarify the situation. (Alexander Thamm)
1st December 2014
I've been advised by Stefan Brütting of Goldenen Schwan in Erfurt that although Felsenkeller in Weimar supplies their day to day beers the equipment at the Golden Swan is still used for brewing seminars and trial brews, so don't be surprised to see it in use.
30th November 2014
Plans for Schloßbräu Thurnau to begin brewing have been put on hold. I hope the problems can be resolved - the location looks superb.
29th November 2014
What was previously known as the Kölner Verbund Brauereien is now called Haus Kölscher Brautradition.
28th November 2014
Somewhere that has hitherto escaped my notice is Landgasthof Löwen in Obersasbach, near Achern. Daniel Köninger installed a brewery there in September last year. (Alexander Thamm)
Never assume. Back in June I reported the former tap of Sonnenbrauerei Ebermannstadt had reopened as Sonne29. I had contacted them after a tip they were brewing again but was told no, the house beer came from Bavarian Festbeer Brewery. Not being able to trace the latter I assumed this was just a rebadge or similar. However, I have now discovered the former Sonnenbrauerei has been bought by Carsten Raun, a Dane who organises Bavarian-style beer festivals around Europe. Brewing resumed in late spring and although the beer is principally made for his festivals, it also supplies Sonne29. Expectation is annual output will reach 500 to 1,000hl. More here. (Harri Hurtig, Alexander Thamm)
Camba Bavaria should soon be opening the Camba Old Factory in Gundelfingen, a large pub which will include a small brewery.
I've had confirmation from the Freilichtmuseum in Selbecke that the brewery is not currently in use.
27th November 2014
Do not be fooled by Brauhaus zu Coburg. To be fair, they make no claim to brew themselves - the beers come from Kulmbacher.
Hans-Adolf Knopp, mayor of Grasdorf and one of the men behind Schwarze Huhn has confirmed the beer is regularly available at local festivals and it can be considered commercial. The brewery itself is at the Richers family farm in the centre of the village.
There are plans for a brewpub on the site of the former Braugold brewery in Erfurt. The rest of the land there will be redeveloped for housing.
26th November 2014
I have decided to add a page outlining all contract and cuckoo brewers I am aware of. This is likely to take some days. If you believe I have missed any or think the information inaccurate, please feel free to enlighten me.
As anticipated, Dorfbrauhaus in Amönau has indeed closed. The former tap is now a Greek restaurant and the brewing equipment is now in use at the Osterbach Brauerei in Gemünden. Happily, Hausbrauerei Armin Latzko is still going strong. (Armin Latzko)
Volker Quante has been in touch with an address for Schmierliger Lachs. Stefan Rigger and Steffen Wöckener make around 60hl per year of very elusive beer.
25th November 2014
I have my doubts about both breweries in Amönau and have emailed Armin Latzko in the hope he will be able to clarify the situation there.
Andrea Pieroncyzk of Kaiserliches Postamt in Parchim has confirmed they are indeed brewing again. Following closure in early 2011 the building was refurbished before reopening on 1st September 2012. There are three regular beers plus seasonals.
In case you encounter mention of Brauhaus Dröge in Geoargsmarienhütte I can confirm they do not brew.
Another possible brewery to report is in Grasdorf, near Holle. Schwarze Huhn appears to be more of a hobby than anything more commercial but I have emailed them for more information.
Does anyone know if the Paul-Lincke-Treff in Hahnenklee is still active? It only opened once a week and I've heard mixed reviews so I wonder if it has shut.
Several years ago I appealed for information regarding Schmieriger Lachs of Groß-Ellendorf, near Uelzen. It seems they are brewing but limit themselves to small batches of strong beers. However, I cannot trace an address. If anyone out there could assist, I would be most grateful.
Cornelius Bräu of Aachen make their three beers over the border at the Proefbrouwerij in Lochristi.
As there is no sign of Brauhaus Leddeköpp in Heisterbacherrott reopening after almost two years closed I have decided, with regret, to delete it.
It would appear beers is again being brewed at the Freilichtmuseum in Selbecke, near Hagen. I have emailed them for confirmation.
24th November 2014
Radigk's is know known as the Finsterwalder Brauhaus.
Pick the bones out of this one. There is a brewery museum in part of the Hessisches Löwenbier brewery in Malsfeld. Both are owned by the Hütt Brauerei in Knallhütte. Now, to complicate matters, there is a tiny brewery at the museum producing BrauWerkstatt Malsfeld beers. The question is, does this count?
It appears brewing has resumed at the reopened Kaiserliches Postamt in Parchim. I have emailed them for confirmation.
23rd November 2014
If you encounter Brauhaus am Caracciola Platz in Remagen and think I've missed it they do not brew. The two Rigo Bräu beers served there are made by Lahsteiner.
Münch-Bräu in Eibau is now known as Privatbrauerei Eibau or, more commonly, Eibauer.
Does anyone know anything about Bölke in Oschersleben? It opened in 1999 but appears to have closed some time ago. However, it is listed in the latest Brauerei Adressbuch.
22nd November 2014
I don't think it counts yet but one to keep an eye on is Arnsberger Mühlenbräu.
If it hasn't already, the Idarer Brauhaus should be open soon in Idar Oberstein.
21st November 2014
Owner Christian Böhm has been in touch to confirm that although the tap is currently closed, Gutsbräu Straßkirchen continues to brew.
The first brew at Zum Rittmeister in Kemnitz is in the lagering tanks and should be on sale from 16th December.
20th November 2014
Manuel Müller has been in touch to tell me brewing has not yet started at Goikelbräu (see below).
Späth-Bräu in Lohberg is now under the control of Löwenbrauerei Passau. Brewing continues in Lohberg but all filling is now done in Passau.
One long-standing error to correct is the location of Weissbräu Schwendl. Although opposite Schalchen station it is in fact in Lengloh.
I did have my doubts a couple of years ago about the status of Klosterbrauerei Seligenporten. Happily, I have found this article which confirms brewing continues much as before. Seasonal beers are brewed in Seligenporten (about 50hl a year), the rest at Glössner in Neumarkt (Lammsbräu previously did this).Schmidmayer-Bräu in Siegenburg is now known as Siegenburger Spezialitätenbrauerei.
It appears brewing may have stopped at Gutsbräu in Straßkirchen. The tap certainly closed in February due to insolvency.
Does anyone have any info on Hailerer Sudkessel in Gelnhausen? From what I can make out they appear to be a glorified hobby.
The old station building in Kilianstädten has been home to the Schönecker Brauhaus since early last year. The beers are sold at the adjacent Wirtshaus im Alten Bahnhof.
Stefan Schmidt has a small, entertaining-looking brewery at his Getränkeschmiede drinks business in Kronberg. A variety of beers are made and sold under the Schmidt name.
19th November 2014
There appears to be a new brewery up in the hills above Lohr am Main. Halsbach is home to Goikelbräu, the first beers for which were brewed in Stadelhofen. I have emailed owner Manuel Müller for confirmation.
Willi Reber has been in touch to say he suspects the mobile kit used to make Kleines Brauhaus Straubing beer belongs to Brauerei Erl in Geiselhöring. The only question is, does it count?
18th November 2014
Bernd Bergmann's search for a new name for his Glattbach brewery is over. It is now called Die Biobraumeister.