Tip: Check out the beautiful historic Old Town Hall’s cellar on a 360° tour. Scan the QR -Code.
Welcome to Einbeck beer barrel path. Good to have you walking on the tracks of our delicious beer!
You are right in front of the historic Old Town Hall at Market Square. Since medieval times the city council meets at this place. But, what’s that to do with our beer?
Very simple: Since the 14th century, the city council only allowed commercial beer brewing for people from Einbeck with full citizen rights who owned a house with gruit (brewing) rights. Furthermore, the council determined the number of houses with brewing rights. Thus, the continuous quality of the beer should be guaranteed. Even then, the Ainpöckisch beer was already that popular that it was traded inter-regionally. It was even exported to more than a hundred places from Scandinavia to the Alpine foothills!
In May, the order of brewing was chosen by lottery on Market Square for the coming winter. The owner of a house with brewing rights had to provide raw materials for brewing and auxiliaries. The copper brewing vessel was provided by the city council. Brewing law regulated the process of brewing, the proportions of the ingredients as well as the quality assurance supervised by ten master brewers bound by contract.
You will find it hard to believe: The well-known bock beer (a strong beer with high alcohol content) had its origin in Einbeck. Legend goes that, in 1612, a master brewer from Einbeck was wooed to Munich to brew the Ainpöckisch there. Due to the Bavarian dialect, the word Ainpöckisch beer changed to Oanpock beer and soon became the famous bock beer.
From here, it’s only a few steps to the next barrel.