Tip: Right in front of you, you see the Diekturm which is covered with ivy.
Welcome to Einbeck beer barrel path. Good to have you walking on the tracks of our delicious beer!
You are now standing in front of a “bridge”. But that isn’t a bridge in its original sense! You are at the spot “where one water runs across the other” – our historic water conduit, one of the emblems of our city. The mill channel is conducted across the stream Krumme Wasser. Both waters were useful: One to drive the mills of the city, and the other for drinking water and beer brewing. As the water coming from the wells and streams was usually contaminated with faeces and caused diseases, people drew on beer. Bacteria is actually killed in the brewing process. For the same reason, beer soup was very popular.
The German Beer Purity Law specifies that beer may only be produced from the ingredients barley malt (wheat malt), water, hop and yeast. Hop causes the bitter taste of beer and improves its storage life. It was once grown in regions (called hop gardens or hop hills) in proximity to Einbeck. But as that was not sufficient, hop was already imported from the region Hallertau in Bavaria in medieval times. Even today the Einbecker brewery sources the varieties Herkules and Hallertau Tradition from that region. However, since 2021 the barley comes directly from our region, and is used to brew approximately 35,000 hectolitres of beer.
To get to the next barrel, cross over the water conduit straight ahead, turn left across the bridge and take another turn left at the defence tower Diekturm. Please watch out as you will be walking partially on unpaved, off-road terrain!