We, the Kulmbacher Brewery, oblige ourselves day-in, day-out to ensure that we live up to the expectations of Kulmbach, the quintessential beer town.
We both challenged ourselves to be and promise to genuine beer lovers that we will continue to make Kulmbach the secret capital of beer. We are beholden to the lovers of our beers. For them we mobilise our whole competence, knowledge and centuries-long tradition and experience of our brewmasters, in order to brew a first-class beer.
The name of Kulmbach has always had a special place in the hearts of beer lovers - and that, in a country where the art of brewing is long and revered: an amphora dating from 1000 years before Christ attests to how much a part of everyday life beer-brewing and drinking was and still is. And for centuries, the kiln-bonnets of the malthouses, the brewery buildings and the inns of the region have stamped their character on the lives of Northern Bavaria's people.
In 1846 the brewmasters Johann Wolfgang Reichel, Johann Konrad Scheiding und Johann Martin Hübner united to form the brewery that was the beginning of the Kulmbacher Reichelbräu.
Reichelbräu's spectacular growth came with the export of Kulmbacher beer to Central, East and Northern Germany. This process wasn't stopped by the loss of the market in central and East Germany after 1949. After the reunification of Germany in 1990, the traditional breweries Sternquell and Braustolz in Saxony, as well as the Bad Brambacher mineral water, were acquired. In 2003 Scherdel Hof was acquired.
In 1996, the formerly independent Reichelbräu, Sandlerbräu, Mönchshof and EKU breweries were merged to form the Kulmbacher brewery AG. Today we manage the Kulmbacher premium brand, the Mönchshof specialty brand, the Kapuziner weizen beer and the traditional EKU beer as independent brands with their own recipes and ingredients. This beer variety justifies the reputation of Kulmbach as the secret capital of beer.