If you hear the name Einbeck you think of beer immediately? It is not surprising, because long before the PS.SPEICHER was inaugurated, Einbeck was well-known across the city’s and even the country’s borders as beer city. Thanks to our Ainpöckisch beer – brewed in Einbeck for more than 700 years and popular in all over the world.
All citizens of Einbeck were allowed to brew beer in their house in the Middle Ages. Up to the 13th century, beer was initially brewed for self-supply and for trade within Einbeck. But starting from the 14th century trade also begun on the over-regional market. In order to assure a constant quality, the town’s council and the guilds ordered that commercial brewing should only be allowed for full citizens and the gruit (brewing) rights were linked to houses. Furthermore, the number of houses with gruit rights was determined. Einbeck’s golden period regarding beer production was between 1350 and 1650. Until the 17th century, there were more than 700 houses with gruit rights in Einbeck, although beer was not really brewed in all of them.
Even today you will recognise the high round-arched entrance gates of the former brewing houses if you take a stroll through our timber-framed city. Through these gates the town’s brewing vessel was driven into the brewing hall on brewing days.