Dortmund - A traditional beer-capital

Even more so than coal and steel, Dortmund beer has shaped the image of the Westphalian metropolis and put the city on the world map. The Dortmund brewer Heinrich Wenker introduced the bottom fermentation method as early as 1843, while Fritz Brinkhoff created the typically pale Dortmund beer - through the accidental use of pale malt - in 1887. Furthermore, in 1881, the Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei installed one of the first refrigeration machines. This laid the foundations for the worldwide success of Dortmund beer.

 

The company

As early as 1900, Dortmund was being shaped by a huge variety of breweries. In the 1920s, the Union, Actien, Ritter, Hansa, Stifts, Kronen, Thier and Bergmann Brauereien were all brewing the city's beloved beers, and, by the mid-1960s, 7.5 million hectolitres of beer were being produced annually. Changes in industry, society and working life led to structural changes in the area. Breweries were consolidated in order to better exploit their potential, while carefully ensuring that each brand continued to be brewed according to its original recipe. Since 2004, the traditional Dortmund brands have been produced by the Radeberger Gruppe's Dortmunder Brauereien GmbH on the site of the former Dortmunder Actien-Brauerei in Dortmund's Steigerstrasse.

 

The brands

Dortmund beer culture is as alive as ever throughout the region. In 2007, the Dortmunder Brauereien GmbH launched an unprecedented marketing offensive focussing on the brands Dortmunder Kronen, Hoevels Original and Brinkhoff's No. 1. The brand DAB is enjoying increasing popularity, particularly abroad, and is now being exported to over 25 countries worldwide, with Italy being a particularly large market.

 

Activities

The Dortmunder Brauereien brands are traditionally present at many popular events. In Dortmund itself, highlights such as the "Dortmund à la carte" or the Lichterfest in the Westfalenpark would be unthinkable without Dortmund beer. The Dortmund brands are also avidly consumed at numerous events in the Ruhr area and in Westphalia.