Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Köstritzer Englisches Doppelbier

What about this then:


“Since the popular Köstritz English double beer has sold so well, I hereby make known that I have once again received a respectable quantity of best March brew (which is even higher in quality than the October beer), and [this] can be had in large and small containers and also in bottles. ” 

This ad from Johann Heinrich Meyer in the Staats- und gelehrte Zeitung des Hamburgischen unpartheyischen Correspondenten of 12 May 1802 appears to be evidence that English-style beer was being traded, and possibly brewed, in Köstritz. I wonder what it was like?

4 comments:

  1. What a great little text.

    I've often wondered about the history of Köstritzer Schwarzbier. This has only raised more questions.

    Doppel-Bier is pretty vague. There are several things it could refer to. The refernces to March and October immediately make me think of a Stock Beer. It could also mean something like a Double Stout, but in that case I would have expected to see the word Porter mentioned.

    It definitely sounds like it was being brewed in Köstritz.

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  2. Köstritz was famous for good beer since way back when, but what has struck me is the paucity of references to its colour.

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  3. There are a few German styles where virtuallt nothing seems to have been published about their origins and history. Altbier, for example. Someone needs to do some proper research.

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  4. I also stumbled upon the englisch köstritzer in other sources, and began a series on brewing in Köstritz on my blog

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