The Rothaus brewery is not only the home of the famous Tannenzäpfles, but also Germany's highest brewery. At around 1000 meters above sea level, the brewery has been producing the finest beer for more than 200 years.
The roots of the Rothaus brewery go back to the “Zum Roten Haus” restaurant. The economy was founded in the 17th century, the brewery followed 100 years later and was operated by the Benedictine monastery of St. Blasien. In addition to the good view, the location offered numerous other advantages: The good spring water is wonderfully suitable for brewing and the surrounding forests provided the brewery's ovens with sufficient firewood. In addition, the brewery became an important port of call on the major trade routes in the south. When the monastery was secularized 15 years later, the brewery fell into state hands and from then on bore the title “Grand Ducal Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus”. The Grand Duke disappeared at some point, the rest of the name was retained by the brewery and is still called Badische Staatsbrauerei Rothaus today. The change of ownership did not have any negative consequences on the sales success of the beer and so the brewery was not only modernized, but also expanded. The progress of technology was unstoppable and in Rothaus good use was made of it: various machines simplified the production process and the brewery's own railway accelerated transport. Rothaus was on the advance, and the two fires couldn't stop that either. The brewery suffered great losses from fires twice, but the passionate commitment of all employees and the will to succeed made it possible to rebuild and build on earlier times.
Tannenzäpfle ultimately made the big breakthrough. In 1956, the brewery director Erwin Nägele decided to sell the Pils Tannenzäpfle in a size that was quite unusual at the time. In the 1950s, most beers were sold in bottles that held 0.7 liters. Erwin Nägele wanted to establish a more practical size and brought the Tannenzäpfle on the market in 0.33l bottles. The venture was rewarded with success and made the brewery known across the country. Since then, delicious beer with a sustainability concept has been brewed in the heart of the Black Forest. Protecting the beautiful home is a matter close to the heart of the Rothaus team, which is integrated with vigor and commitment into everyday work. The brewery has been committed to environmental protection for years and is steadily reducing its ecological footprint. All electricity comes from renewable energies and is also green electricity. In addition to new, energy-efficient systems, a solar thermal system also ensures that CO2 consumption is reduced. The brewery is committed to living beer culture at all of its locations in Germany and spreads the enjoyment of Baden specialties far beyond the borders of Baden-Württemberg.
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