Brewers like boasting about the output of their brewhouses. Many of the adverts name a figure, which is great. Sadly they are not all comparable; some of the breweries only state how much of their beer they export, not their total production. Others are still touting for business and only mention their capacity; how much beer they could be making if anyone wanted to buy it.
Two breweries have something in their portfolio called “F.F.”. I’d love to know what that stood for.
I’m fairly sure the brewers who describe their beers as mild and stout weren’t really brewing mild and stout, just using the closest English expressions they could find. Probably they mean pale and dark. Or maybe weak and strong. It’s anybody’s guess. Saloon beer is possibly a translation of the German Schankbier, so maybe a low-gravity product.
Although tomorrow we will have a brewery which did make Deutscher Porter. Watch this space.
|Output of a few not necessarily representative German breweries in 1900|
|Brewery||Output (*capacity **export)||Employees||Types produced/exhibited|
|Source: Official Catalogue of the Collective Exhibition of the German Industry in Articles of Food at the Paris Exhibition 1900 (Frankfurt, 1900), pp. 100–123.|
|Actienbrauerei Erlangen||100000*||40||Erlanger Gold (Exquisite light Tablebeer)|
|Bergschlösschen, Dortmund||–||–||Export lagerbeers, mild (Pilsen) and stout (Munich), F.F. Kaiserbeer|
|Berliner Weissbier-Brauerei||113000||–||Berlin White Beer|
|Bürgerliches Brauhaus München||250000||300||Export-Beer|
|C. Breithaupt, Berlin||–||–||Berlin White-Beer|
|Dortmunder Aktien-Brauerei||150000**||190||light Dortmund Beer, gold coloured Dortmund Beer, dark Dortmund Beer, light bitter (Dortmunder Actien Bitterbier) a surrogate for Bohemian Pilsen.|
|Erste Culmbacher||206000**||290||“vigorous dark beer”, “Light Saloon Table Beer”|
|Franziskaner||375000||450||Lager, Märzen, Pale Lager, Bock|
|Kaiser-Brauerei, Bremen (Beck’s)||–||–||Light coloured Export Beer, the so called “Pilsener”|
|Ketterer, Pforzheim||28700||–||Light Exportbeer, Dark Lagerbeer|
|Kochelbräu||8000**||–||Mild and stout Exportbeer, Bockbeer, Märzenbeer|
|Löwenbräu, München||594202||770||Dark and light Export-beer, Bock, Märzen|
|Mönchshof||200000*||–||Stout and mild Kulmbach Beer|
|Exportbierbrauerei Reichelbräu||135000||–||Strongest Export Beer dark prime quality, F.F. Goldlight Saloon-Beer choicest quality, F.F. Light brown Export-Beer|
|Spaten||500000||–||Brown and pale Lagerbeer|
|Tucher, Nürnberg||–||–||Pale and light Beers|
|Wilhelmshavener Aktien-Brauerei||–||–||Pasteurized Export Beer|
|Zum Storchen||154700||–||Choicest Bavarian and pale Export Beers|
I do like Rizzibräu’s trademark. It seems to say “Drink Rizzi, and you can be as completely pissed as me! Wahey!”
Like Löwenbräu, Reichelbräu from Kulmbach has figures showing its rapid growth over the previous twenty years:
|Growth in output of Kulmbacher Reichelbräu, 1880–1900|
|Source: Official Catalogue of the Collective Exhibition of the German Industry in Articles of Food at the Paris Exhibition 1900 (Frankfurt, 1900), pp. 116.|