This 700-Year-Old Brewery Is Older Than L.A. • ABK Beer

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This 700-Year-Old Brewery Is Older Than L.A. • ABK Beer

It’s not every day that you hear a beer has been around since the 18th century…

It looks like the saying “it only gets better with age” doesn’t solely apply to wine! ABK Beer has been proudly brewing ale for the past seven centuries and considering our very own city is only 238 years old, the company has clearly been doing something right. No one knows better than an Angeleno that most crazes come and go, but this boozy beverage is the perfect example that well-kept traditions have the ability to last a lifetime.

It all began back in 1308 when Aktien Brewery of Kaufbeuren was donated to the German city of Kaufbeuren, Bavaria by a wealthy local named Henry Twinger. It didn’t take long before Aktien Brewery became the small town’s go-to hub for superb beers—later leading the establishment to purchase other breweries in town. From there, the rest was history and Aktien Brewery quickly became one of Bavaria’s most prominent brewers!

Aktien Brewery promised to produce only the highest quality of beers and solely used the finest barley, hops, yeasts, and purest local waters they could source. With the help of legendary master brewer Zur Traube Güldenen in the 17th century, the rising brewery mastered its signature recipe (which is still used today) and became one of the very first breweries in Bavaria to produce the then “forbidden” wheat ales which were only brewed exclusively for Bavarian Royalty. His Royal Highness Prince Ludwig traveled to Kaufbeuren to visit the legendary beers for himself. Things must have gone well because over 300 years later the brew’s reputation is just as strong.

Today, the Aktien Brewery still exclusively utilizes the finest locally grown hops and grains from the same farms they’ve been using for over 700 years. They say all good things come to an end but in ABK’s case, it seems as though their Bavarian brewing heritage and tradition will remain a hit for centuries to come!

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This article was sponsored by ABK Beer. 21+ only. Please drink responsibly.

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