Tip: Would you like to see the ramparts in a different light?
Welcome to Einbeck beer barrel path. Good to have you walking on the tracks of our delicious beer!
You have now reached the rampart section called Krähengraben (crows’ trench). The ramparts continue at this place. But, how are the ramparts and moats related to the Einbecker beer?
Very closely! Once they were filled with water. The water served as water supply for the city. But not only that: You also needed the water for cooling during beer production, for example during fermentation, until electrical cooling devices were invented in the 20th century. The cooler the process, the more alcohol contains the beer. Therefore, brewing took place in the winter months from September to April. Ice blocks were simply cut out of the frozen moats and stored in ice cellars. The entrances of these ice cellars may even be seen today at the rampart sections called Krähengraben and at the Mühlenkanal(mill channel; barrel 7).
And if the winter was too mild? In that case, for example in February 1884, ice was brought into our town from the colder regions in the Harz Mountains. It was shipped to Einbeck in freight trains. In that year, 35 waggons with altogether 1.8 tons of ice had to be delivered at high costs. Even the newspaper reported on the ice crisis as the so-called “ice calamity”! But, was the Ainpöckisch beer also more expensive in that season than in colder years?
Continue your walk on the ramparts and look to the left in direction to the Town Wall. The backside of the Einbecker brewery comes into view. After a couple of metres you will discover in the second row a Street-Art-Spot relating to the story of Till Eulenspiegel. Directly after that, you will see the tower Storchenturm(storks’ tower).