Stuttgart can do a lot, but beer was not one of them for a long time. The city in Baden-Württemberg is located in the middle of an extensive wine region and has a whole range of fine varieties that go perfectly with Baden cuisine. Due to the wealth of wine, the beer scene remained underdeveloped for a long time and even the national drink of Württemberg was not the beer, but a fine drop from the Trollinger grape variety. Things are very different today and Kraftpaule made a significant contribution to this.
It all started with a group of ten beer-thirsty friends who set out to discover good beer. Because the beer tradition in their homeland was slowly dying out in the last century, the friends had to travel to Bavaria and Upper Swabia to taste a larger selection of beers. The gang traveled the country drinking their way through an impressive variety of beers. On their trip, they realized that they liked the beer from small, private breweries best. They instinctively sought out craft breweries, even if they weren't called that at the time. It was only when the term spilled over to us from the USA that they were able to define their passion: craft beer had cast a spell over them and never let go. It's just a shame that friends back home in Stuttgart couldn't get beer like this. Out of defiance, the gang created the “First Stuttgart Craft Beer Festival”. There was no planning beforehand, but the amazing response forced the group to put their money where their mouth was. Today the child has a name: Kraftpaule. The beer-crazy company runs a bar, a shop, organizes the annual beer festival, has a taproom and brews a selection of tasty beers.
The head of the beer empire is Thorsten Schwämmle, a real all-round talent. The trained cameraman has put on quite a few shoes over the course of his life and is not only an enthusiastic hophead, but also a musician and the founder of Kraftpaule. Events take place under this label and those who are curious can book tastings, brewing courses and beer hikes. Thorsten's heart beats for beer, you can feel it in everything he does. Because at some point it was no longer enough for him to serve other brewers' beer, he decided to make his own. Together with the Camba Bavaria team, he created the first brew and was hooked. Numerous other examples followed and today the Kraftpaule range consists of a whole range of fine craft beers that reflect the passion and lifeblood of Thorsten and his staff.
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