Cologne is not only known for its stately cathedral, the city on the Rhine also attracts with its world-famous beer. No visit to Cologne without Kölsch and the locals themselves like to drink a stick of the tasty local specialty after work. The brewery zur Malzmühle is one of the 24 breweries that are officially allowed to brew Kölsch under the Kölsch Convention.
Grain and grain were already being sold at Cologne's Heumarkt in the Middle Ages. Bakers and brewers came here to stock up on the raw materials for their craft. A particularly clever head among the brewers decided in 1858 to save the trip to the Heumarkt from now on and set up the "Beer and Malt Extract Steam Brewery Hubert Koch" on site. After Mr. Koch's management, the brewery became the property of the related Schwartz family and from 1912 was called "Brauerei zur Malzmühle", which it still has today. The history of the brewery is shaped by strong women: after the death of her husband, Margaretha Schwartz ran the company and a woman was at the helm during the Second World War. Sybille Schwartz had to witness the complete destruction of the brewery by the bombing raids of the war; only the portal remained of the brewery. But Sybille did not lose her courage and began to rebuild shortly after the end of the war: In 1948 it was possible to brew again, even if you could only take the beer with you or drink it outdoors. The next woman at the wheel was Anneliese Schwartz, who took over the brewery - now completely rebuilt - in 1960. She helped the Malzmühle brewery to regain its former glory and made her house a popular destination for Cologne residents. Probably the most famous guest of the malt mill was the former President of the United States Bill Clinton. The politician was in Cologne for work and chose the malt mill to drink a cool Kölsch with his entourage.
Anyone who thinks that the people of Cologne from the Malzmühle are resting on their laurels is wrong: The brewery team strives for perfectionism with great commitment and passion. The brewery was expanded, modernized and supplemented by event rooms, a bar and a hotel. A woman still runs the company today: Melanie Schwartz follows in big footsteps and continues the legacy of Margaretha and Sybille. Tradition is very important in the family business. Even if the beer is now produced using the most modern brewing systems, the focus is still on the craft. Brewing is a real craft and the family recipe for the good Mühlen Kölsch is passed down from generation to generation like a treasure.
Mühlen Kölsch from the brewery zur Malzmühle is a sip of Cologne, no matter where you enjoy it.