A strong brand – yesterday and today
Even before the Second World War the brewery “In der Gaffel” was already considered to be the largest home brewery for top-fermented beer. At that time the annual production was estimated to be about 5,000 hl. At the beginning of the reconstruction at the end of the 1940s, yearly beer production had already climbed to 10,000 hl. The big upturn in prosperity came in the ’50s and ’60s. The home brewery became a midsize company and continued to produce one of the most distinctive brands of Koelsch.
Today the private brewery is successfully run by the executive directors Heinrich and Heinrich Philipp Becker, who represent the fourth and fifth generation of Beckers in the business. Current production of Gaffel Koelsch, Gaffel Light with reduced alcohol and calories and the alcohol-free brand Gaffel Frei exceeds 400,000 hl per year. More than 70% of the original brand, which equals almost 280,000 hl of the delicately bitter Gaffel Koelsch, is pumped into kegs and served fresh on tap in pubs and restaurants. This makes Gaffel Koelsch one of the 10 largest keg beer manufacturers in Germany and is evidence of an immense competence in the gastronomy industry. Those who enjoy a good beer can bear witness to this in a wide variety of sophisticated locations in which Gaffel Koelsch is served with pride. A perfect example of this is the Gaffel House on the Alter Markt (old market square) in the heart of Cologne.
Of course the primary sales area is in and around Cologne, but Gaffel Koelsch can also be enjoyed further away, for example in Bergisches Land, Westerwald, Eifel as well as the regions surrounding Bonn, Koblenz, Düren and Aachen. Even as far away as Berlin, Hamburg and Hannover, inveterate Koelsch fans don’t have to go without their favourite beer. The chain of pubs “Ständige Vertretung” provides a bridge to the Rhine area for lovers of Gaffel Koelsch in these Metropolises.