The Zunft / Erzquell brewery is 100% family owned.
The successful history of the Erzquell Bielstein brewery started in the 1900 with the establishment the Eagle brewery by Ernst Child. He saw his futuremore in beer brewering than in his previously operated saw mill business. What a good decision he, because of technical skills and business acumen acquired, an excellent reputation of the brewery, its beers was created and enjoyed with appreciation in a growing beer drinking marketRenamed in the thirties as Bielsteiner Erzquell brewery, the brewery is now in the fourth generation of family ownership. Erzquell Brewery now brews the specially guild Kölsch and Erzquell Pils. These beers are brewed in the gleaming copper kettles, which are part of the distinctive townscape Bielstein, the village of Beer
Kölsch is a local beer specialty brewed in Cologne, Germany. It is the only beer style in the world that is protected by an Appellation Controlee. Similar to the Appellation Controlee's in France that protect styles of wine like Champaign, Bordeaux, etc. You truly cannot have a Kölsch unless it is brewed in Koln Germany. Kölsch is noted for its delicacy rather than for any more robust distinctiveness, but the legally protected denomination has helped ensure that Cologne and designated adjoining towns all make this style. No metropolitan area anywhere in the world can match that.
Zunft Kölsch uses an Ale yeast, but is lagered. This extra cold-conditioning gives the beer a very unique flavor profile. It gives the beer a subtle fruity nose common with ales but then gives way to a sweet layered complex finish that is clean and crisp like a lager. Bright and straw-yellow in color, this beer has a prominent but not extreme hoppiness.
Average annual capacity of the two breweries ia about 602,602 Hectolitre annually