Interesting facts on Freiburg’s beer history
Difficult though it may be to believe, the art of brewing had a difficult start in Freiburg. Around 1780, many Freiburgers complained about the import of foreign beer and even spoke out against the settlement of other master brewers. The critics agreed: Everyone liked the local wine so much that the city would not need any beer. But times change. Nobody would want to miss the Baden wine, still, but Freiburg beer has just as many fans.
In the 18th century, three family breweries were founded that would play an important role in Freiburg’s beer history: the former Löwen Brewery, the Ganter Brewery, and the Feierling Brewery. The last two still exist today. Back then, the Ganter Brewery was founded by the 24-year-old Ludwig Ganter. He was considered a pioneer, the first to buy new machines that revolutionized the art of brewing in Freiburg. In 1877, Julius Feierling founded his craft brewery, which was still named “Zur Insel” in its early days: this is where the first light beer was brewed. Freiburg has also had a large craft beer scene for many years now.