An Example of an Old German Bockbier Label
In our last blog post we summed up the Oktoberfest and we announced the start of the “Bockbier” time in Upper Franconia. In this post we want to further explain to you the “Bockbier” time and its history.
As we already explained, “Bockbier” is a stronger beer with at least 6,5% vol. of alcohol. It is originally brewed with a high original wort for an extended shelf life. Nowadays “Bockbier” is a delicacy for German and overseas beer fans.
Where does the “Bockbier” come from?
The “Bockbier” is originally from northern Germany, particularly the hanseatic city Einbeck. In the middle age the beer from Einbeck was a delicacy. Due to this fact in the 13th century some Italians were interested in importing the beer. But in these times the shelf life of beer was very short, so the brewers had to find a new way to cure the beer and brewed it with a unusual high original wort what gives the “Bockbier” its unique, delicious taste.
Despite the fact that the “Bockbier” was invented in northern Germany, it has also a strong tradition in Bavaria and Upper Franconia.
But how does the “Bockbier” find its way to our region?
In 1555 an important aristocrat from Munich started ordering the “Bockbier” from Einbeck. A few years later, due to its great success in Bavaria, the local Bavarian and Upper Franconian breweries started brewing their own special “Bockbier” for the winter period. They liked the taste and the long shelf life was very convenient to store the beer for the winter times. Thus brewing “Bockbier” in the end of September became a tradition in Upper Franconia and the people started to celebrate every year in every brewery that the first “Bockbier” of the year was brewed. This tradition lasts until today.
So if you live in Germany or Upper Franconia in particular and want to celebrate the “Bockbier” time, you can find the schedule of this year`s “Bockbier” parties here.
Beer Styles in Franconia
If one talks about a beer region in Germany, only Bavaria comes in our minds. The southern part of Germany holds half the amount of the country’s total number of breweries which amounts to over 1200 breweries. Half of these breweries are located in the Franconian region, especially in Upper Franconia also known as ‘Oberfranken’. The residents living in Franconia majorly divide the area into two parts: Wine-Franconia and Beer-Franconia. Lower Franconia is famous for its wine, whereas Upper Franconia is known for its beer. This beer region is home of almost one hundred breweries brewing several types of beer according to the ancient traditions and brewing culture.
Bamberg especially is known it’s famous Rauchbier (smoked beer) which is one of the many other famous beer types. Different types of malts are used for the brewing. The malt is smoked over a beach fire to give a smoky flavor to the beer.
Beer can be further classified into following types when we talk special brews of Franconian breweries. Lager or Helles is generally pale, malty with a strong hoppy flavor. Pils beer is actually hoppy and light bodied. It’s surely hopped and malted extra in Franconia according to the taste of the beer drinkers. Dunkles is again heavily hopped but red-brown in color and tastes nutty & malty. Weizen is made from wheat malt and usually has high CO2 content in it. It’s actually top fermented and contains yeast which actually acts as an important ingredient for its manufacturing. Kellerbier is often unfiltered and is a version of a pale colored lager beer. However, St. ERHARD beer is a filtered Kellerbier which gives a clear look and makes it durable for export. Schwarzbier is black in color and is made with dark malts which are usually dry and roasted. However, there are many other brews which the tourists and the local people enjoy every day. Every beer has its own recipe with the specific malts and hopes used in the brewing process. Different companies in Franconia are specialized in their own beers and carry out their old traditions when it comes to the beer and food offerings.
Following the cultures and traditions of the whole Franconian region, we at St. ERHARD plan to portray this valuable custom through our beer in Asia and in other parts of the globe. Our Kellerbier is made out of finest ingredients and is malty in taste, taking into consideration the taste preferences of beer enthusiasts all across the globe. Our vision is to be one of the major synonyms of German and especially Franconian beer abroad.
Der heilige Erhard auf dem Kronkorken des St. ERHARD Bieres
Mit wachsender Bekanntheit von unserem St. ERHARD Bier, steigt auch das Interesse an unserem Namenspatron, dem heiligen Erhard. In diesem Blog Post möchte ich daher ein paar nähere Informationen zum heiligen Erhard selbst und zu der Namenswahl für unser St. ERHARD Bier geben.
Auf der Suche nach einem geeigneten Namen für das deutsch-indische Bier stoß unser Gründer Christian Klemenz gemeinsam mit seinem damaligen Kommilitonen und heutigen Geschäftspartner Vikanshu Bhargava auf den heiligen Erhard von Regensburg (in alten Schriften auch Erard oder Herhard genannt). Erhard war ein unverbrauchter, deutsch klingender Eigenname der sich in Asien relativ einfach aussprechen lässt und zudem gut zu einem fränkischen Bier passt.
Der heilige Erhard ist zudem auch stark mit der bayerischen Geschichte verbunden. Der gebürtige Ire war als Wanderbischof tätig und missionierte im 7. Jahrhundert Bayern. Auf seinen Reisen errichtete Erhard mehrere Kirchen und Klöster bevor er nach Regensburg kam, dort das Nonnenkloster Niedermünster gründete und später auch Bischof von Regensburg wurde. Sein Todesjahr ist unbekannt, sein Grab und die Reliquien befinden sich jedoch zur Besichtigung im Niedermünsterkloster in Regensburg.
Der heilige Erhard ist der Patron der Spitäler, Schmieden, Bäcker und Schuhmacher. Außerdem gilt er als Heiler von Kopfschmerzen, Augenleiden, der Pest und Viehkrankheiten. Sein Gedenktag ist der 8. Januar.
Meist wird Erhard von Regensburg als Bischof dargestellt, mit einer Axt oder einem Buch in der Hand, auf dem sich zwei Augen befinden. Angelehnt an diese Vorgaben haben wir auch unseren Kronkorken des St. ERHARD Bieres gestaltet. Dort ist der Heilige mitsamt Bischofstab und Buch dargestellt.
Wir von St. ERHARD nehmen uns den Wandermissionar zum Vorbild und wollen nun ebenfalls durch die Welt ziehen mit einer Mission und zwar wollen wir die Menschen vom St. ERHARD Bier und der fränkischen Bierkultur überzeugen.
Aline Bruckner at St. ERHARD GmbH in Bamberg
My name is Aline Bruckner and today, on my first day at St. ERHARD GmbH, I want to start with this blog post introducing myself. I was born in Bamberg and have been living here for most of my life. After finishing my bachelor’s degree in Furtwangen which is in the Black Forest. Last year I moved back to Bamberg to pursue my further studies.
Due to my Franconian background, I grew up with this strong beer culture that Bamberg and its surroundings has to offer. I first got to try the taste of beer in my early childhood, as it is such a big part of our everday life here. When I got older I soon discovered to enjoy the occasional beer along with meals or just for rejuvenational purposes.
Beer is not just an alcoholic beverage, but also a pivotal part of our society and lifestyle. When I heard about St. ERHARD beer, it quickly caught my interest and I was able to connect with this brand and its mission to internationally spread Franconian beer culture.
So as of today, I am starting my internship at St. ERHARD which I am really excited about. I hope to be able to transmit a German view concerning the beer culture and of course particularly about St. ERHARD beer. Therefore, I will keep being in contact with you through my blog posts in addition to Rahul’s posts which are already there on the blog. I will also be writing in German and will focus more on the local perspective with Rahul focusing on global aspects.
So feel free to ask and comment below in case of further queries. I will be looking forward to hearing from you!
Rahul checking St. ERHARD bottles at the assembly line
I know it might sound a bit strange that I had my first glass of alcohol a year and a half ago. It seems like yesterday and now I am associated with a very strong and an appealing beer brand St. ERHARD. I always thought of beer or for that matter any other alcoholic beverage as a normal drink but like a mentioned in my earlier post; my time here in Germany totally changed my perception about beer. Now, I don’t hesitate to say that beer in Germany is not just a drink but a pivotal part of German culture.
This change in my perspective happened just a while ago when I started working with St. ERHARD and actually saw how beer was brewed and how much skill and precision is needed to brew a great beer. I would have never thought of the same while finishing masses of beer at Oktoberfest (I can say I was busy just drinking that time). I visited few breweries and I saw the whole process & ingredients used in making a beer. I was astonished and well as very happy to be a part of something like this in Germany.
I know I am no expert with beer brewing but I would like to share my experience with you all as in how St. ERHARD is made and where it originally comes from.
St. ERHARD is a typical Franconian Kellerbier (cellar beer) which is brewed in a very delicate way. Originating from the heart of Franconia in Bamberg region, it’s the area with the highest density of breweries in the world. Also the city of Bamberg isn’t just known for its beer brewing history but also for being a UNESCO world heritage.
I was present when the brewing of St. ERHARD was done and saw how much focus was laid on small details including the amount of time and material added in. It’s very important as we want the beer to be ready to endure the climate change while exported to its respective place.
Also, the special transparent UV protected bottle in which St. ERHARD comes in, adds an extra edge to the whole experience. This is something which is really talked about and appreciated (especially by females) 🙂 . With the pure refreshing taste of Keller beer the idea is to take St. ERHARD from this small brewing paradise Bamberg to all across the globe.
I would highly recommend you to be a part of this whole enriching experience of spreading the beer culture across the globe.