After living in Hamburg for 12 months a couple of years ago, it was fairly obvious what to expect from a week there in the middle of summer: copious amounts of FC St.Pauli merchandise getting around the streets, a few loose nights on the Kiez (including a 7am trip to the Fischmarkt) and more erratic weather than Hobart…
What wasn’t expected was the discovery of a new brewery, so what better way to spend another rainy afternoon than to check it out?
Located in the happening Schanze district of Hamburg, the Ratsherrn Brauerei was set up in the second half of 2011 and produced its first beers in March. They currently have 3 styles of beer on offer (Pilsner, Rotbier and Pale Ale) and their first seasonal beer will be released later this year.
Ratsherrn Pilsner was a former Elbschloss Brauerei brand that started out in 1951 and reached its peak as one of Hamburg’s most popular beers in the 70s and 80s. Unfortunately Elbschloss closed in 1994 and the once famous Ratsherrn Pilsner was soon no more.
The trademark rights to use the name were acquired in 2005 and looking around the brewery, no expense has been spared to resurrect the brand.
We were actually surprised that they’ve only been operating for a few months, as Ratsherrn already seems to be quite prevalent in bars and cafes around Hamburg – it seems that quite a few people are more than happy about the brand’s comeback.
There are also further plans for the brewery site – a restaurant with 120 seats inside and 120 outside will open later this year, as well as a craft beer shop offering beer from all over the world.
And what did we think of the beer? The fact that we went out and bought our first box of the pilsner within half an hour of leaving the brewery probably says it all…