Köstritzer Schwarzbierbrauerei - Köstritzer Pale Ale
- ABV: 7.0%
- Bottle Size: 500-ml
- Serving Temperature: 45-50° F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
“Schwarzbier” is German for “black beer,” and is the specialty and chief product of the Köstritzer Brewery, which has been in operation since at least 1543, and possibly several decades or even centuries before. At one time, the brewery was owned by royalty; the counts of the House of Reuss, who ruled over Köstritz, took ownership of the brewery in the late 17th century when it was known as the Knights’ Manor Brewery. The name was updated to the Princely Brewery in 1806 when the counts were promoted to, you guessed it, princes.
A century later in 1906, the Köstritz Brewery (whose name now reflected the name of the town, as is common among German breweries) saw construction begin on a new brewhouse building. The current brewery still sits on the same site. When one of Germany’s oldest breweries can survive almost five centuries on the back of one signature product, it’s a sign that the recipe is good. In fact, Köstritzer Schwarzbier is the benchmark, quintessential version of the style and its popularity has done much to promote the style throughout Germany and throughout the world. It’s been said that the famous German author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a fan of the beer and in fact drank Köstritzer to survive a period of illness that prevented him from eating (his image often appears on the label or other packaging – covered in a sheet with a glass of Köstritzer at the ready!). Additionally, in an 1892 letter, Prince Otto von Bismarck stated his opinion that Köstritzer holds "a distinguished rank within the aristocracy of beers."
Though schwarzbier is Köstritzer’s specialty and flagship product, the brewery produces several other styles including pilsner, kellerbier, pale ale, and radlers with lime and lemon.
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