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.
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.
New brand presence:
Wernesgrüner showcased a new modern design
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.
Integration into Bitburger Brewery Group
The Wernesgrüner brewery was privatised.
After the war, both families were expropriated and their breweries combined in 1974 to form the VEB Exportbierbrauerei Wernesgrün.
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.
500 years of brewing in the town of Wernesgrün!
International Cruise Liners
Beers from Wernesgrün are served on the famous Hapag-Lloyd cruise liner, linking Hamburg to America.
By the beginning of the 20th century, sales offices exist throughout Germany and in the neighbouring Netherlands.
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.
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!