History

1801

We Create “Luftbier”

For the first time, a top-fermented beer made of wheat and barley malt known as “Luftbier” or “air beer” is brewed. This beer was similar to the wheat beer we brew today.

According to historical writings, one reason why this air beer was brewed was “... to produce this tasty drink in order to maintain the full faith and credit of the brewery and to push back against the many breweries that have sprung up nearby that are unable to brew such a beer.” Competitiveness is not a modern invention. Even back then it was important to set yourself apart from the competition.

Additionally, only “local” barley has been used at the brewery since the year 1801. Fürstenberg has sourced its ingredients from the region for more than 200 years. This not only helps promote the regional economy, but also helps protect our environment.

1868

Fürstenberg Conquers Europe

In 1868 the railroads came to Donaueschingen. The brewery was finally able to cut transport costs and expand its distribution. The first exports were sent off to Switzerland. And it wasn’t long before Fürstenberg beer was available in Paris.

1874

Beer Helps and Heals

Fürstenberg’s export beer has been available in stores since 1874. It is said to have a healing effect thanks to the nutrients it contains and is recommended as a remedy for the sick.

1880

Export into the Whole Wide World

With the introduction of pasteurization for bottled beer in 1880, our bottled beer had a much longer shelf life. Just what we needed to start sending it on long distance trips.

1884

Bismarck’s Favorite

The Fürstenberg Brewery got a very innovative new master brewer when Josef Munz came on board. Two years after joining the brewery, he discovered a way to make a specialty beer. This gold-colored, Vienna-style brew known as “Salvator” or “Danubia Export Beer” found fans from Germany to Brazil. Reich Chancellor Bismarck named it his favorite drink. His personal physician, Dr. Schweninger, called it the “beer of beers” and a German spiritual leader even went so far as to call it “the true drink of the gods”.

1893

The Birth of Premium Pilsener

Josef Munz is one of the first brewers in Germany to successfully brew a pilsener beer. Originally called the “Bohemia” and then “Pale Fürstenberg Brew”, it is now known as our “Premium Pilsener”. This light lager is made of the finest barley, the best hops and the extraordinarily soft water from the brewery’s own spring.

1900

His Majesty’s Beverage

In April of 1900 Emperor Wilhelm II arrived in Donaueschingen. He enjoyed the Fürstenberg Brew so much that he designated it his go-to drink, which was how it got its honorable title of “His Majesty’s Beverage.” After receiving such noble recognition, Fürstenberg grew into a major brewery and was soon delivering beer to more than 900 bars and restaurants in all of Germany. The brewery’s products were also sold in the Netherlands, Britain, France, Belgium, Italy and Switzerland. Major shipping companies, the Imperial Navy and the colonial administration bodies in Africa regularly purchased Fürstenberg beer. Even the zeppelin lines carried Fürstenberg on board.