A Break from Beer
Various wars drove the costs of grains and malt sky high and beer became much more expensive than wine. The brewery decided to take a five-year break from work.
Back to Brewing
Beer is once again brewed under the authority of Count Anton Egon zu Fürstenberg. At that time the brewery primarily produced a top-fermented beer known as “Ordinaribier” as well as March beer and lager.
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.
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.
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.
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.
„Fürstenberg is Premium“
Fürstenberg Pilsener is one of the few German beers to receive the honorable “Premium” distinction. During the 80s Fürstenberg continued its tradition of innovation and introduced “Fürstenberg Free,” one of the first non-alcoholic beers in Germany.
In 1993 Fürstenberg became one of the first German brewing companies to receive DIN EN ISO 9001 certification for its quality management system. Certification for its environmental management system based on the Eco-Audit Regulation followed one year later.