I had intended on doing a bit of a write-up on the history of the breweries for the the beers that I sample, but I was simply too tired last night when I posted my first review. So, as a follow-up; here is the history of the Warsteiner Brewery that I was able to find. It is based in Sauerland, Germany, and was founded in 1753 by a farmer named Antonius Cramer, who was asked to pay beer tax in that year, due to his surpassing the volume allowed for personal consumption in his brewery. In 1803, Caspar Cramer built the original building of the expanded brewery, which was in the centre of the village of Warstein. This occurred after a devastating fire ripped through the community, destroying almost everything. I suppose the mindset was that if they had to rebuild, they may as well make a brewery to reward themselves when rebuilding was completed-a noble enterprise. During the essential years of the industrial revolution, the company was able to adapt and utilize the steam engine to modernize the brewery, making high production a reality. In 1928, Albert Cramer Sr. discovered the Kaiserquelle (Emperor’s Spring) at the outskirts of the Arnsberger forest. This discovery resulted in a shift in focus on the part of the brewery; the Kaiserquelle contained particularly soft brewing water, which was (and is) ideal for Pilsener brewing. At this point, the Warsteiner Brewery began to focus on its Pilseners. This means that the actual beer produced by Warsteiner is not as ancient as would be originally assumed, although the history and many of the ingredients remain consistent. It is actually still in private hands, which is an interesting tidbit about the brewery. According to their website, the company is managed by the 9th generation of the Cramer family-Catherine Cramer. The expansion of the Brewery has continued steadily since founding, and remains a staple of German beers.
The company has invested research into lowering its emissions and resource consumption, so if you are interested in drinking a beer that has made attempts at environmental pleasantness, this would be a good Pilsener to turn to. In 2005, for example, it was able to reduce the CO2 emission of the company by 11,600 tons per year. And, since 2011, Vesta V90 Turbines have been able to supply roughly 40% of the energy consumed by the Brewery. I find it to be quite the accomplishment that they have constructed their own railway, power plant, and academy for research and development-all of which contributed to the above stats.
All in all, the Brewery has a rich and long history, and has tried to be ethical in its dealings and production of a good beer. Unfortunately, the beer itself is not as rooted in history as I would like, since it’s a relatively new production style for the company. Regardless, they make a good beer and do good work.
I attained most of my information from the following two websites: