The Aktien brewery located in the town of Kaufbeuren in Bavaria is able to trace its brewing heritage back to the year 1308 AD. By 1312 AD there was already a number of breweries in the then 112-year old imperial town of Kaufbeuren. The first brewers' guild came into being around 1325 AD.
The years 1308, 1312 and 1325 show that the present Aktien Brewery, which developed from the oldest Kaufbeuren breweries, can boost one of the longest traditions in the German brewing industry. It is, of course, no secret that Germany's oldest breweries are located in Bavaria.
It was not until 200 years later, in the year 1516, that the famous Bavarian Purity Law was decreed by Duke Heinrich IV of Bavaria; henceforth beer had to be made exclusively from natural ingredients of water, malt, hops and yeast. Aktien uses exclusively only Hallertau hops and grain from the surrounding area. The yeast used has been cultivated as a proprietary product unique to Aktien.
Although the Bavarian Purity law was defeated in Brussels in March 1987 (now and in the future, beer which is not keeping with the hitherto valid norm can also be sold in Germany) Aktien will continue to brew its beer strictly according to the Bavarian Purity Law for the sake of quality and taste.
Aktien has been successful in making the transition from the middle ages to modern times while maintaining and, indeed insisting upon, the highest quality possible brewing standards. As an example, Aktien matures and bottles its products with the latest technology to assure their stability - yet the craftsmen still brew according to original recipes. It is for that reason that Aktien enjoys a loyal following of beer drinkers around the globe.