The Wernesgrüner Brewery – One of the oldest in the world!

The story of Wernesgrüner begins on 18th March 1436, when the Schorer brothers are granted a licence to brew and serve beer in the village of Wernesgrün – that’s 56 years before Columbus sailed to America! The Schorer business, together with a business started by the Gläser family in 1589, created the brewing traditions that would go on to make Wernesgrün famous for its beer. Today, Wernesgrüner is one of the most modern and successful breweries in Germany. Now with exports going to more than 25 countries worldwide, Wernesgrüner has developed a strong international following as well.  

History

  • 2016

    580 years of tradition

    580 years of tradition

    In 2016, the brewery celebrated 580 years of traditional brewing. That makes it one of the oldest breweries in the world.

  • 2016

    New brand presence:

    New brand presence:

    Wernesgrüner showcased a new modern design

  • 2012

    Completion of a new bottling plant

    Completion of a new bottling plant

    In 2012 the Wernesgrüner brewery put a new bottling plant into operation, with up to 50,000 bottles per hour rolling off the belt. Together with the associated bottle cleaning machine, a combined heat and power unit was also installed.

  • 2002

    Integration into Bitburger Brewery Group

    Integration into Bitburger Brewery Group

  • 1994

    The Wernesgrüner brewery was privatised.

    The Wernesgrüner brewery was privatised.

  • 1974

    After the war, both families were expropriated and their breweries combined in 1974 to form the VEB Exportbierbrauerei Wernesgrün.

  • 1959

    Exporting from the GDR (East Germany)

    Exporting from the GDR (East Germany)

    Wernesgrüner grows into a major exporter from the German Democratic Republic, and temporarily operates with the company name ‘VEB Export Brewery Wernesgrün’. In Hungary in particular, Wernesgrüner’s Grenzquell brand becomes hugely popular, achieving record sales of 13,000 hectolitres in Hungary alone.

  • 1936

    Celebration!

    Celebration!

    500 years of brewing in the town of Wernesgrün!

  • 1930

    International Cruise Liners

    International Cruise Liners

    Beers from Wernesgrün are served on the famous Hapag-Lloyd cruise liner, linking Hamburg to America.

  • 1910

    Expansion

    Expansion

    By the beginning of the 20th century, sales offices exist throughout Germany and in the neighbouring Netherlands.

  • 18th Century

    Eventful Early Years

    Eventful Early Years

    The first centuries are particularly eventful, being marked by numerous changes in ownership. In the 18th century though, the Günnel and Männel families take over the two businesses that the Schorer and Gläser families started. Together they push forward the success and rise of Wernesgrün’s reputation for beer.

  • 1436

    The story begins on 18th March 1436

    The story begins on 18th March 1436

    The Schorer brothers are granted a licence to brew and serve beer in the village of Wernesgrün – a whole 56 years before Columbus sailed to America!